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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor/Manager: Monica Scovell ELR Unit: Varies
Program Description:

Non-Elon Study Abroad Program Policies

The Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC) requires students to attend Elon-vetted study abroad programs unless there is a compelling academic reason to attend a program not reviewed and approved by Elon. Elon University offers more than 60 semester programs, 30 Winter Term programs and 30 summer programs. The Global Education Center has assessed the academic components as well as student life and student support services on each of these programs. The GEC works closely with the faculty and staff on each of these programs.  

Definition of Non-Elon Study Abroad Program

A non-Elon program is one that is not affiliated with Elon University through an agreement. Elon will approve study abroad at such a non-Elon program if there is a compelling academic reason.

Petition Submission Deadlines

  • Fall and Summer Programs: March 30 
  • Spring and Winter Term Programs: October 30
Students should submit petitions by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of this page. Once you have received Elon's approval, you will be e-mailed and told the next steps at Elon before applying to the non-Elon program.  Students are encouraged to complete the petition at least one month in advance of the non-Elon program’s deadline.  Many non-Elon programs require completion of paperwork by the GEC. Such forms cannot be completed until students have been approved, paid the administrative fee to Elon, and gone through the subsequent course request process.


Elon will charge a non-refundable $1,000 administrative fee for all non-Elon semester and year study abroad programs once the petition has been approved. There is no administrative fee for summer or Winter Term study abroad programs. Program costs are paid directly to the non-Elon program and are set by the program provider.

Enrollment Status

A student is not considered an Elon student while participating in a non-Elon program. However, if a student’s petition is approved prior to the non-Elon study abroad experience, the student will not need to re-apply to Elon upon return.  A student’s "" e-mail address will remain active during the term abroad on a non-Elon program.  Students who are approved to participate in a non-Elon program should NOT withdraw from Elon; the GEC will notify relevant offices of students’ participation in the non-Elon programs.

Transfer Credit

Students who follow the proper procedure and complete the course approval process before enrolling in a non-Elon study abroad program may receive transfer credit. Transfer credit is not guaranteed, and is given on a course-by-course basis to be decided by the Registrar’s Office. Courses with a grade of "C-" or better are transferred and the hours earned transfer as well as the course itself. Grades do not transfer; therefore, GPA is not affected. Semester-hour credit will transfer the same (e.g., 3 hrs. for 3 hrs.). Students should keep everything related to coursework abroad: syllabi, course descriptions, class notes, papers, exams, etc.

Experiential Learning Requirement

A non-Elon study abroad program fulfills 1-2 units of the Experiential Learning Requirement, depending on the number of semester hours earned.  See the Elon University Academic Catalog for details.

Financial Aid and Loans

Students who study abroad with a non-Elon program are not able to use any Elon financial aid. This includes travel grants received with merit-based scholarships. However, students may be eligible to use any federal funds for which they qualify, such as a Pell Grant, Stafford Loans or Parent Loans. To do this, students will need to talk with both the GEC and the Office of Financial Planning. Students must arrange to meet with both offices as soon as they can so the necessary paperwork can be started. Students also need to be aware that during the time they are away from Elon, the University will not be able to report them as an enrolled student. This period of non-enrollment could cause a student to go into repayment on loans if they have borrowed prior to this time. Students must contact the school or facilitator of the non-Elon study abroad program to inquire if they have options to assist with this problem.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2023 Rolling Admission 01/30/2023 12/08/2023
Winter 2023 Rolling Admission 01/03/2023 01/23/2023
Spring 2023 Rolling Admission 01/30/2023 05/09/2023
NOTE: Final deadline for winter, spring and calendar year 2023 is Oct. 30. Non-Elon petitions are not eligible for Elon Global Scholarship consideration. Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect Elon academic calendar dates. Individual program dates will vary.

Summer 2023 Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Final deadline for Summer, Fall 2023 and Academic Year 2023-24 is March. 30. Non-Elon petitions are not eligible for Elon Global Scholarship consideration. Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect Elon academic calendar dates. Individual program dates will vary.

Academic Year 2023-2024 Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.