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Independent Program Policies

Definition of an Independent Program

An independent program is broadly defined as an independent study experience developed by a student in conjunction with a faculty member, approved by an academic department and the Global Education Center (GEC), during which the student will be enrolled full- or part-time at Elon. Elon credit will be granted at the end of the program. Independent programs are generally academic internships, independent research, or an Elon independent study experience. Approval will not be given to locations where there are U.S. State Department Travel Warnings in effect.

Academic Credit

Speak with your Academic Advisor about the most appropriate type of independent international experience for you. This may be an internship, independent research, or independent study. Discuss with your Academic Advisor who an appropriate faculty mentor would be for your independent program.

Once a faculty mentor is established, meet with the faculty mentor to discuss the goals, objectives, and requirements (including the number of contact hours, assignments, readings, etc.) of the independent program.

Experiential Learning Requirement

An independent program fulfills one to two units of the Experiential Learning Requirement, depending on the number of semester hours earned.  See the Elon University Academic Catalog for details.


Billable Costs

The Billable costs for an independent program include tuition based on credit hours (s.h.) and international health insurance. 

The cost of tuition varies depending on how many credit hours (s.h.) you will earn on the independent program.  Students work with the faculty to determine the amount of course credit they will enroll for while on this program.  Students will be billed by Elon for the credits for which they are enrolled.  For current tuition costs, visit the Bursar's website.

The cost of international health insurance varies depending on the length of the program.  International health insurance must be purchased for a minimum of two weeks.  More information on international health insurance can be found in the "International Accident and Health Insurance" section of this page. Starting in Fall 2020, the Global Education Center (GEC) and Office of Sustainability collaborated to create the Carbon Neutral Global Engagement Initiative. Through this initiative, Elon purchases verified carbon offsets on an annual basis to account for the carbon impact of Elon’s global programs.  Students who travel internationally by airplane on Independent Programs are responsible for a portion of this offset, which is set annually, but fluctuates according to the market.  Please ask the GEC for details for your proposed travel plan.

Estimated Costs

Possible expenditures for studying abroad include flights, baggage fees, accommodations, visa and entry fees, gifts, entertainment, meals, books, admission to sites, local transportation, utilities, and other miscellaneous costs.  Design a budget based on your semester expenditures at Elon and take into account additional travel expenses and exchange rates.  To check exchange rates, visit or OANDA.

Other Costs

If you do not have a passport that is valid until six months beyond your anticipated return for this program, visit the Department of State website to see the current processing fees for passport renewals and first time applications. The cost for a new passport is approximately $135; the cost for a passport renewal is approximately $110.

Immunizations and Medications
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to see the recommended and required immunizations and medications for your program.  Talk with your family and your physician to decide which immunizations and medications you will get before you travel.  Visit the study abroad Health and Safety webpage for more information on where you can obtain immunizations.

Elon and Non-Elon Financial Aid/Loans

During an independent program, students could still be eligible to receive all federal and Elon financial aid and loans, provided that they still meet the requirements of each particular award. For summer study, a separate financial aid application is required, and applications are available through the office of Financial Planning.  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 independent program. 

International Accident and Health Insurance

All Elon students studying abroad and receiving Elon academic credit are required to purchase international accident and health insurance through the GEC. The insurance coverage is provided by iNext at a reasonable cost and varies based on the length of stay. For the exact cost, please contact the GEC at 336-278-6700 or Coverage will be from the date of departure through the date of return and the charges will be added to your student account. Once enrolled, you will receive an email from iNext with verification of enrollment, an insurance card, and instructions on how to register online, where there is an extensive list of medical providers world-wide and a wealth of other information by location. A 24-hour emergency assistance hotline is also included in the policy. Comprehensive policy information is available on the International Health Insurance webpage.

Student Responsibilities

A. Follow the appropriate process for independent study, research or internship approval of the academic department in which you will be seeking credit.
B. Complete the application in MyElonGlobal and submit all required materials as outlined in MyElonGlobal.
C. Register and pay for the appropriate number of Elon credit hours.
D. Become familiar with Elon’s international insurance coverage and know what to do in case of a medical emergency or if emergency assistance is needed.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 Rolling Admission 05/26/2022 07/26/2022
Fall 2022 Rolling Admission 08/23/2022 12/09/2022
Academic Year 2022-2023 Rolling Admission 08/23/2022 05/16/2023
NOTE: Final deadline for summer, fall and academic year 2022 is Apr. 30. Apply by Feb. 15 to be considered for an Elon Global Scholarship. 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.

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 Nov. 30. Apply by Sept. 15 to be considered for an Elon Global Scholarship. Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancelation deadlines.

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

Fall 2023 Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Final deadline for fall 2023 and academic year 2023-24 is April. 30. Apply by Feb. 15, 2023 to be considered for an Elon Global Scholarship. Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancelation deadlines.

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

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