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  • Locations: Multiple Cities, Greece; Multiple Cities, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description


GBL 233 IS   MEDITERRANEAN: Where East Meets West (ELR)   4 S.H.
In this course, we study the impact of globalization on societies and institutions in and around the Mediterranean, the intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia. Throughout history, this region has been dynamic culturally, economically, and politically through cultural exchanges between the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Arabic, Berber, and Turkish peoples to name a few. This land has been the conduit for the trade of goods, ideas, technology and culture for thousands of years linking Asia, Africa and Europe. Here east meets west, ancient cultures are influenced by modern waves of globalization and unique traditions are either lost or preserved. Globalization has created a world where businesses and markets can no longer operate independent of culture. Maintaining identities, culturally and economically, while participating in global markets, has influenced the way international business is conducted today. This course provides a context in which we can begin to address the historical, political, and economic relationship between countries are in or influence the Mediterranean region. We plan to uncover what connects these countries, while appreciating their differences historically, culturally and politically.

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

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 133

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 May.

Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting will meet on Thursday, May 2, location and time TBD.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Fridays from 3:05-04:45 p.m., location is 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.




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 3 - January 23, 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.


This program will visit multiple locations in the following Mediterranean countries:

  • Greece
    • Athens
    • Nafplio
    • Patras
  • Italy
    • Rome
    • Florence
    • Sorrento

This program will be packed with activities and visits to cultural sites tentatively including: the Acropolis, Agamemnon Palace, Olympia, Delphi, Imperial Rome, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Vatican City, the Duomo, Uffizi gallery, day trip to Siena, Pompeii, and Mt. Vesuvius.  There will be cooking demonstrations and cooking classes, a folk-dancing demonstration, walking tours, museum visits and much, much more.

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 will be 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
Learn from program alumniConnect with a Global Ambassador to learn from students that have studied on this program or others. Search the Global Ambassadors profiles to find students in your major(s), or organization(s), or with similar experiences.  

Get social: Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! You can also read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for other programs on the Study Abroad Blog.


Program Leader 1: Tina Das
Department of Economics
CB 2075, KOBC 132

Program Leader 2: Jennifer Platania
Associate Dean of the Love School of Business and Associate Professor of Economics
Koury Business Center, Office 100E
2075 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. 

Study abroad has been the most influential experience within my studies at Elon and has propelled to feel more passionate in all aspects of my life.
     — Caroline Lane, Winter 2018
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/02/2019
Rolling Admission 01/03/2020 01/23/2020
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.

** 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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This program is currently not accepting applications.