About the Program
The Business Dual Degree Program is a unique four-year program designed for students who want a truly global education and have strong interests in living, working and studying business for two years at Elon and at one of our four partner schools. The BDD program offers you the opportunity to study international business in two cultures, giving you a competitive edge in the global marketplace. Elon students participating in the BDD spend their first two years on Elon’s campus and their last two years in Germany, France, Italy or Spain.
While abroad, you will apply what you learn in your business courses into practice through a semester-long, full-time internship. During your final year abroad, you will complete a significant undergraduate research portfolio written in the partner school’s language. Once all of the degree requirements for Elon and the partner institution have been met, you will receive a B.S.B.A. in International Business from Elon and a second bachelor’s degree from one of our partner institutions:
ESB Business School at Reutlingen University in Reutlingen, Germany
NEOMA Business School in Reims, France
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC) in Piacenza, Italy
Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
- Grades do not count toward an Elon GPA.
General Program Dates
Fall term typically starts in mid-August and ends late December with exams in January. Spring term typically starts mid-February to early March and ends in June.
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please view the budget sheets. Estimated costs differ per program. Students are billed Elon tuition and a health, safety and sustainability fee.
A $400 deposit is part of the Business Dual Degree program. This deposit is fundable until spring deadline, April 1, of your first academic year at Elon. The deposit for laterally accepted students is refundable until the deadline in the subsequent academic semester (i.e. if you pay the deposit in the spring, you will be eligible for a refund up until the following November 1.) Deposits will go towards payment of tuition while abroad through either the one year or two year track of the Business Dual Degree program. Students choosing not to pursue at least one year through the Business Dual Degree program after the deadline will forego their deposit.
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.
- Students are responsible for finding their own housing. There are various housing options (typically in shared apartments with private room)
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
- Maintain good standing in the BDD program
Applications and Eligibility
Students start the application process by emailing Dr. Mark Kurt, Associate Professor of Economics
Before registration begins during a student's first semester on campus, a student confirms their commitment to the BDD program by completing this online application.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by the host institution.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
Dual Degree students attend a series of orientations with the Global Education Center the semester before travel.
Additional Information and Links
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