Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Blantyre, Malawi; Cape Maclear, Malawi; Dedza, Malawi; Lilongwe, Malawi; Liwonde, Malawi; Mtakataka, Malawi; Thyolo, Malawi; Zomba, Malawi
- Program Terms: Winter
- Budget Sheets: Winter
|Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility:||0-First Year and Above||Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA:||2.0|
|Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite:||None||Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction:||All courses in English|
|Click here for a definition of this term Course Prerequisite(s):||None||Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options:||Shared Hostel/Hotel|
|Click here for a definition of this term Internship Option:||No||Click here for a definition of this term Volunteer/Service Opportunities:||Yes|
|Click here for a definition of this term Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:||01+04||Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines of Classes Available:||Elon Core Curriculum|
|Click here for a definition of this term Program Capacity:||18||Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor/Manager:||Allegra Laing|
|Click here for a definition of this term Pre-departure Course #:||GBL 197||Click here for a definition of this term Program Leader 1:||Julie Justice|
|Click here for a definition of this term Program Leader 2:||John Pickett||ELR Unit:||1 unit|
This is an interdisciplinary course with an exciting and rigorous itinerary that encourages students to learn about and experience the beauty of Africa and the Malawian people but also their challenges and struggles. Through close interactions with our partners, and through contacts with school children and teachers, Elon students will develop an appreciation for the lifestyle in Malawi, for the concerns and aspirations of the Malawian people, and for the development successes, needs, and strategies in the country. The importance of education to development will be examined, and a historical perspective on development will be augmented with visits to various sites around the country. Students will also explore local culture, history, political history and structures, effects of tourism, and the role of NGO's in the developing world. The core of the Malawi course is a service-learning project that will be conducted in Blantyre, Malawi. Elon students will lead peer-assisted literacy training sessions for students in a public K-8 school. Elon students will gain the experience for literacy training during the fall preparatory course. No education background or experience is needed for this course.
Prerequisite: GBL 197. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Society or Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations.
The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.
See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.
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.
There will be a required meeting about the course in May as well as as in the fall.
The spring meeting date, time, and location to be announced.
The fall pre-departure course will take place on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 P.M., location to be announced.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance 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.
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in the fall semester tuition/bill).
Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).
Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study 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.
Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.
Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email--they are looking forward to hearing from you!
Program Leader 1: Julie Justice
Associate Professor of Education
CB 2105, Mooney 111A
Program Leader 2: John Pickett
Elon Academy Assistant Director of Scholar Support
2108 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244
|Entering this program, I had numerous knowledge gaps, biases, and misconceptions about poverty, Malawi, and Africa as a whole. Being thrown into such a different, warm, beautiful, and interesting culture provided the perfect conditions to confront the cognitive dissonance. There are ample opportunities to be hands on, engage with students and community members, and get honest, first-hand looks into their lives, culture, and ideas. You will leave this trip with a renewed sense of self and a desire to help promote awareness and talk about our limited perspectives.|
|— Amanda Benjamin, Winter 2016|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Winter||2018||08/31/2017 **||Rolling Admission||01/03/2018||01/24/2018|
See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for full deadline 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.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.
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