Global study in 2020–21

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

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

Yes, you can as long as you still meet Gettysburg’s eligibility requirements and your program is still accepting applications. This is a departure from CGE’s normal policies given exceptional circumstances. Please contact 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.

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 does that mean for global study?

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 and other information from trusted sources as they make decisions about whether their programs will run and whether their universities will be open to in-person teaching. CGE is working with the Campus Emergency Response Team, and other campus entities to review participation policies associated with these travel advisories. CGE will update fall 2020 global study students to any modifications to our current participation policies and Gettysburg’s support for participation in specific global study programs.

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 and/or purchase flight insurance that covers pandemic cancellations. We also recommend that students purchase flights directly through the airline provider. Third-party or discount ticket companies may not provide as generous cancellation/refund policies and may not be able to automatically rebook your ticket if your original flights were cancelled or rescheduled. Gettysburg College gives all students who have not previously studied abroad a flight allowance to help with the cost of flights. The College is unable to help support costs related to re-booking or cancelling flights.

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.

Spring Global Study Applicants

I’ve been hearing rumors about a “second wave” of COVID-19 in the winter. Will this impact spring global study?
At this time, it is too soon to predict how COVID-19 will impact on-site conditions at our programs in the Spring 2021 semester; however, our program providers are already creating flexible program models to support global study in the Fall 2020 semester, and will continue to refine these plans and communicate all necessary updates to Spring 2021 applicants. The best way to stay informed of these updates is by submitting your global study program application.
Can I apply over the summer?
Absolutely. The application process can take some time, so getting it done before courses start will allow you to focus on courses and other College responsibilities during the semester. Plus, it connects you to CGE updates about your program.
What is my first step?
Make an appointment with a CGE advisor to discuss your goals and how Gettysburg’s many affiliated programs can meet those goals.
I don’t have a passport. How do I get one?
In response to COVID-19, the Department of State limited the number of centers processing passport applications and removed the option for expedited processing. However, applications for new or renewed passports can still be submitted. Within the last few weeks, the Department of State has also begun to reopen some processing centers. If you do not currently have a passport or your passport will expire within 6 months of your expected return from your global study semester, you should submit an application for a passport as soon as possible, as processing times may still be long.
Will there be a lot of students going abroad in the spring due to the program suspensions in the fall?
We anticipate that many of our affiliated programs will see a larger-than-normal pool of applicants, and highly recommend that students apply as soon as possible in order to secure a spot.
I’m going to take your good advice and apply early, will I be able to change my mind?
Of course! You can change your global study program and/or semester even after you’ve completed your application(s).