Global Study

COVID-19 Response information about study abroad programs.

Last updated: June 5, 2020

Frequently asked questions

Fall Global Study Applicants

Can I make an appointment to speak with a CGE advisor?

Please do! You can request an appointment as you normally would. CGE is keeping regular advising hours and can meet with you over the phone or via Zoom.

Should I continue filling out my program application?

Yes. Once you have completed your program application, your program provider will be in close contact with you about any updates for the semester and the next steps you should take for preparing for your global study semester. If you have questions about where to find your application, what the due date is, or how to answer any application questions, please write to us at cge@gettysburg.edu.

Do you think my program will run in the fall?

Many students and their families have asked us if we could offer our best opinion about whether programs will run in the fall. We wish we could give you a definitive answer, but we cannot make any meaningful predictions at this time. As we have seen in recent weeks, decisions must be made in response to accurate information about conditions around the world. It is too soon to know what kind of responses conditions around the world in Fall 2020 will necessitate; however, CGE will keep in touch with Fall 2020 students to provide timely updates.

We know this uncertainty is proving to be difficult for some students, and so if you decide that it is in your best interest for your specific situation to withdraw from global study for fall 2020, please know that CGE is available to discuss other options with you. That may include deferring to a different semester (available for rising juniors), considering summer options (available for students from any class year), or assisting with registration, housing and other questions as you prepare to return to Gettysburg in the fall.

Ultimately, the quickest and best way to find out the information for your specific program is to finish your application. That way, your program provider or host university will also send you updates about any program changes.

I’m still worried about course selection and housing selection. If I’m thinking about withdrawing, should I do so now to get better courses/housing?

At this time, course enrollment is not changing dramatically. CGE staff will continue to work with any students whose global study plans change for any reason. While we cannot guarantee placement in specific courses, we will ensure that all students remain on track for their graduation requirements. Residence Life will work with all students who have missed the Housing Selection process for any reason to assign housing later in the summer. Withdrawing now rather than later will not impact the housing availability, and every student is guaranteed housing. Residence Life is actively considering multiple housing scenarios for the fall.

My program has adjusted their dates for my semester so that it starts later. Does this just mean they are going to cancel later?

Several of our program providers have adjusted the dates of their semesters to start later. CGE staff sees this as good news. Not only does this mean that programs are building in additional time for conditions to improve, but in many cases, this adjusted schedule means that students are no longer required to apply for a student visa which can be a lengthy, detailed and expensive process. It is also an additional confirmation from the program that they are intending to run.

My friend’s global study programs was cancelled. Will my program be cancelled too?

Some program providers have made the decision to cancel their programs for the fall semester but these cancellations occur for a variety of reasons. Each program will make a decision based on their unique structure and/or local conditions. In many cases, cancellations have been limited to programs in countries where the semester start date is early (June or July) or the number of students on that program were too few for it to run. There are a wide variety of program structures and start dates. You should continue to stay in touch with your program providers for information that is specific to your program and host country.

I’ve been thinking about withdrawing, but I’m not sure. When do I need to make a decision?

Now that major on-campus deadlines have passed, there is less urgency attached to your decision unless your program has recently made modifications that don’t meet your academic goals, or your personal circumstances change. We recommend waiting until you are required to make a non-refundable financial commitment (such as paying for visa fees, or a plane ticket) to see how the summer unfolds before making a final decision about your plans. Ultimately, students may re-enroll at Gettysburg up until the add/drop deadline on campus, which is typically the end of the second week of classes, although once Gettysburg’s semester begins, course choices will be more limited. Please also be aware of your program’s refund policies and timelines, especially related to voluntary withdrawals, as you consider your options.

I’ve decided to change my global study plans. How do I withdraw from Fall 2020 global study?

To withdraw from Fall 2020 global study, please e-mail cge@gettysburg.edu to communicate your intention to withdraw. At that point, CGE staff will make the changes in our system and, if necessary, inform your program provider. We encourage you to reach out to your program provider as well if you’ve already been accepted so they can withdraw you.

I was scheduled to study globally in fall 2020 but recently withdrew. I have since changed my mind. Can I be reinstated?

Students who have withdrawn from global study can’t be reinstated for fall 2020. However, rising juniors are eligible to apply for spring 2021 or fall 2021 global study and should contact cge@gettysburg.edu to discuss this opportunity.

My program has confirmed it is planning to run in the Fall 2020 semester— Hooray! Is it possible that Gettysburg will make a decision that students cannot study abroad even if a program is running?

Yes, it is possible. The safety of Gettysburg students is our highest priority. Gettysburg reserves the right to make decisions about global study in the best interest of our students before or during a global study program. Decisions to cancel programs, delay program start dates, or modify program models are based on a balance of global health news, public health and safety advisories and restrictions, advice from International SOS (ISOS) Gettysburg’s medical and travel security assistance company, and input from our program providers and host universities. In addition, President Iuliano has convened a working group to review all aspects of travel associated with Gettysburg College, including global study. Therefore, the timing of decisions will vary by program and/or country, rather than be announced as one uniform decision about all Fall 2020 programs. CGE is committed to updating students as we learn of any changes to programs, and helping students who wish to make alternative plans.

If my program is canceled, will I get my deposit back?

Yes.

If my program is canceled, will my non-recoverable costs such as visa, immunizations, or flights be refunded?

Non-recoverable costs will not be refunded.

What if the program is not canceled, I have already committed, but I still want to withdraw from my program before it starts?

If you choose to withdraw at any point before your program begins, CGE will work with you to refund as much money as possible, but you will be responsible for any non-recoverable program costs.

My Fall 2020 program is located in country where there is a travel advisory Level 3/4 - what are the chances it will run?

The entire world, including the United States is currently under a Department of State Global Level 4 Health Advisory and a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Warning Level 3. These advisory levels and travel restrictions are based on current information and the State Department and the CDC will update or reaffirm them in the coming weeks.

Program providers and host universities around the world consider these travel advisory levels as they make decisions about whether their programs will run and whether their universities will be open to in-person teaching. Currently, Gettysburg permits students to participate in global study as long as the travel advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and US Department of State are not at levels 3, or 4, respectively. CGE is in regular communication with the Campus Emergency Response Team, and other campus entities about these travel advisories and other indicators as we make institutional decisions related to campus travel policies, including global study. CGE and our partners around the world are moving forward with optimism about Fall 2020 global study, while also making contingency plans.

My program has been modified. Will I still have the experience I was expecting?

This will vary by program and by student. Many programs are adjusting their regular schedule in order to create the best chance the program will run safely. Access to resources on-site such as museums, archives, concert venues, or internship sites may be impacted. There may also be restrictions on personal travel. We recommend that you carefully review your program modifications and decide for yourself if program changes still meet your academic, personal, and professional goals which were the basis for your decision to study globally. Information about any program modifications can be found on your program provider’s website, or has been emailed directly to you by your provider. CGE is happy to speak with you about these modifications at any time.

Will I still be able to travel during my global study semester?

It is entirely possible that there may be travel restrictions, especially on travel outside of your host country due to government regulations, or rules put in place by your program provider in support of your community. You should prepare for a global study semester with opportunities for traveling within your host country and limited travel further afield. Gettysburg College expects that you follow all local laws and guidance from your program provider.

If my program requires a visa, when should I start the visa process?

If you’ve been expressly told that you need a visa, please begin collecting the necessary documents, but do not submit your visa application until you have been told to do so by your program provider or host university. Continue to monitor your inbox closely for instructions from your program provider. CGE can provide a letter of enrollment and financial support if needed.

When should I book my flight?

Do not book a flight until your program confirms with you that you should proceed with this purchase. When you are ready to purchase your ticket, we recommend that you purchase refundable tickets or purchase flight insurance that covers pandemic cancellations. Gettysburg College gives all students who have not previously studied abroad a flight allowance to help with the cost of flights.

How do I select housing for the spring semester?

A preference form will be emailed to your Gettysburg email account from the Office of Residential Life and First Year Programs in either late summer or early fall. Please contact RLFYP if you have any questions about this process.

When is pre-departure orientation (PDO)?

Pre-Departure Orientation began in mid-April and will continue throughout the summer. Please monitor your inbox for updates.