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  • Locations: Aurangabad, India; Jamkhed, India; Kochi, India; Pune, India
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description



This Winter Term service-learning study abroad course to Kerala, India, includes an intense service-learning project. Elon students will monitor activities related to hands-on science exhibits in a traveling science center. The target audience for the traveling science center are middle school children. The service-learning project will be done in collaboration with local high school students. Elon students will prepare for the project during fall 2015 GBL 136 orientation classes. The exhibits and materials for the traveling science center will be brought with the class to India. Elon students will develop an appreciation for the importance of inquiry-based approaches to science education. Enrolled Elon students need not be science nor education majors. Furthermore, through close interactions with our partners, and through contacts with school children and teachers, Elon students will develop an appreciation for the lifestyle in Kerala, for the concerns and aspirations of their Indian peers, and for the development successes, needs, and strategies in the state. The importance of education to development will be examined in detail. 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 south Indian state of Kerala borders the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats mountains. In spite of its relative poverty and a high population density, Kerala is a model for social development. High literacy rate, long life expectancy, low birth rate, and a high Human Development Index are attributed to a complex set of factors to be explored in the course. This course is an approved service-learning course. This course is approved as a Teaching and Learning Elective.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 136

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 also be a required meeting about the course in April.

Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting will meet on Friday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. in McMichael 207.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Mondays from 5:30-7:10 PM. Location TBD.

Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.

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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 registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are January 2-26, 2020.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



The first part of the course will take place in Maharashtra State, in Pune (a large city) and Jamkhed (a medium size town in the rural part of the state). The second part of the course will be in Kerala, the south-west of the Indian subcontinent.
This is a service learning course - there will be 7 full days of working with school partners with science exhibits brought from the US.

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


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page or the financial planning section of our FAQs.

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 program. 

Connect with us

Questions? See if they're answered in our Short-Term Programs FAQ section

Prefer to ask in person? Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM
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Program Leader 1: Terry Tomasek
Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Elon Academy
Mooney 302E
2108 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Program Leader 2: Martin Kamela
Associate Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics
McMichael Science Building 202D
2625 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244 

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

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I have wanted to go into theatre education for a while now, and being at Elon has challenged this dream in a lot of ways. The trip to India really made me realize that theatre education is my true calling, even though the course itself had nothing to do with theatre. Being in the schools made me realize how much I love teaching, and I got to visit a Kathakali training center and see students of all ages following their passion for the performing arts. These experiences helped me solidify my professional goals for the future, and it was an inspiring and eye-opening experience.
     — Katherine Paris, Winter 2018
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/02/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.