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WT Arizona: On the Line in the Immigration Debate
Tucson, Arizona, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
0-First Year and Above
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Language Prerequisite:
None
Language(s) of Instruction:
All courses in English
Course Prerequisite(s):
None
Housing Options:
Dormitory
Internship Option:
No
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
No
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
04
Program Capacity:
22
Program Advisor/Manager:
Mark Dalhouse
STA # (Pre-departure Course):
N/A
Program Leader 1:
Donna Van Bodegraven
Program Description:

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Course Description

GBL 200: Arizona: On the Line in the Immigration Debate 

The immigration debate along the southwestern border of the United States is multifaceted because of the unique geography, history and cultural interactions of the region.  In this course, students will learn about immigration from multiple perspectives and interact with numerous stakeholders along the Arizona, U.S./Sonora, Mexico border.  If possible, we will trace the various steps taken by some unfortunate migrants from crossing the border and walking the desert to apprehension and processing in federal court. Activities will include meetings with U.S. and Mexican government officials, interaction with humanitarian groups, exposure to the unique geographical and cultural features of the American Southwest, presentations by scholars, experiences with artists, contact with migrants themselves and group reflection. By the end of the course, students will engage effectively in public discourse about the complicated issue of immigration from a much broader perspective than that of the average U.S. citizen.

  • The Winter Term and fall courses partially fulfill the General Studies requirement in the area of Civilization OR Society in the Studies in the Arts and Sciences.  It may also count in the Latin American Studies minor.

  • The WT course also satisfies the Experiential Learning Requirement for the General Studies requirement.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

  • This course may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.


Housing

Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Tentative Itinerary

Day 1
  • Arrival and check-in to hotel
Day 2
  • Explore the Living Desert Museum and the Arizona State Museum
  • Welcome dinner
Day 3
  • Tour of Tucson area
  • Tram tour of Sabino Canyon
Day 4
  • Tour of Mission San Xavier del Bac
  • Afternoon class
Day 5
  • Meet with BorderLinks delegation leaders
  • Activities with BorderLinks at the Hotel Congress
Day 6
  • Activities with BorderLinks at the Hotel Congress
Day 7
  • Free Day
Day 8 & 9
  • Activities with BorderLinks at the Hotel Congress
Day 10 - Day 16
  • Activities with BorderLinks at the BorderLinks Facility
Day 17
  • Tour of the University of Arizona
  • Free day to explore the university area and conduct research in the library
 Day 18
  • Attend lecture
  • Library research
Day 19
  • Final reflections and strategizing for final projects
  • Group farewell dinner 
Day 20
  • Depart for Elon

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Pre-departure Course

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for winter term in addition to the program fees.  If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of winter term tuition will not be collected.

Fall Meeting Information

Meetings will be held during the second half of fall semester, on Wednesdays from 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM, location to be determined.


Cancellation Policy

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remian as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester's billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar's office at bursar@elon.edu or 336-278-5300.

  • 11 AM, March 3 - 11:59 PM, March 19, 2015: Priority application period for Winter Term 2016 programs.

  • Apr. 2, 2015: The GEC will begin to send notifications via email for all applications received by the priority application deadline.

  • Apr. 9 - Sep. 8, 2015: New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.

  • Sep. 15, 2015: Final application deadline for Winter Term 2016 Study USA programs. **Students who cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**

  • Sep. 30, 2015: Full payment deadline.

  • Oct. 1 - Oct. 16, 2015: Students who cancel between these dates will still be responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.

  • Oct. 17 - Oct. 31, 2015: Students who cancel between these dates will still be responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.

  • As of Nov. 1, 2015: Students who cancel after November 1 will still be responsible for the full program cost.

*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iTravel, an outside insurance provider (www.itravelinsured.com). This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious issues of physical health to the student or an immediate family member (parent or grandparent) that occur after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded. Travel insurance does not insure against changes in mental health. The insurance also does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.

If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket.  The airline can provide specific details.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Woody Pelton, Dean of International Programs.  We encourage you to address any questions you may have as soon as possible, as a delay in doing so could result in increased charges for which you may be liable.


Cost

Costs for Study USA vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term, which is included in the fall semester tuition bill.

Total cost is $3500.


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon WT programs through the GEC.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


For More Information

Program Leader 1: Donna Van Bodegraven
Associate Professor of Spanish
Carlton Building 230-A 
2125 Campus Box 
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.5646 (phone)
dbodegra@elon.edu

Study USA
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center

CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)
studyusa@elon.edu
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2016 09/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application and cancellation deadlines.

11 AM, March 3 - 11:59 PM, March 19, 2015: Priority application period for Winter Term 2016 programs.

Apr. 2, 2015: The GEC will begin to send notifications via email for all applications received by the priority application deadline.

Apr. 9 - Sep. 15, 2015: New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.

Sep. 15, 2015: Final application deadline for Winter Term 2016 Study USA programs. **Students that cancel after this date will not have the deposit returned.**

Sep. 30, 2015: Full payment deadline.

Oct. 1 - Oct. 16, 2015: Students that cancel between these dates will still be responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.

Oct. 17 - Oct. 31, 2015: Students that cancel between these dates will still be responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.

As of Nov. 1, 2015: Students that cancel after November 1 will still be responsible for the full program cost.

See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for more information.

The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here. Individual programs will provide additional information in the fall preceding the course.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status in a timely fashion.