Global study for the 2020–21 academic year

Information for students planning to study abroad during the 2020-2021 academic year.

We are committed to supporting our global study students.

Current status

The Center for Global Education (CGE) continues to be in regular contact with Gettysburg’s program providers and host institutions around the world. Preparedness plans are in place, which include physical distancing and cleaning protocols that meet or exceed required standards. Many programs have taken the additional precaution of housing students in single rooms to allow for increased privacy and the possibility of isolation, if needed. Many programs have also instituted modified calendars, prepared online coursework (or for the ability to move to online coursework if needed), and established guidelines for and limitations to travel during the semester. Students are being apprised of these modifications as they are announced.

We all wish that the path forward would be clearer. Some programs ran in fall 2020 and we are increasingly confident that many programs will run in the spring as well. If students and families are comfortable with the program modifications and increased risks, and it is possible for U.S. citizens and other international students to enter our program countries, Gettysburg will do our very best to continue to support global study plans. If at any point Gettysburg is compelled to withdraw support for global study, students will be given assistance with registration, housing, and other questions.

Spring 2021

If at any point your program is canceled, you will get your deposit back, but non-recoverable costs such as visa, immunizations, or flights will not be refunded.

If you’re considering changing your global study plans, 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.

To withdraw from Spring 2021 global study, please email 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.

Please be in touch with the Center for Global Education at cge@gettysburg.edu with additional questions.