Global study for the 2020–21 academic year

When and how study abroad programs will resume

We are committed to supporting our global study students.

Current status

The Center for Global Education (CGE) is in regular contact with Gettysburg’s program providers and host institutions around the world. There are signs of reopening in many of our global study destinations. Preparedness plans have been put 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. At the same time, we are increasingly confident that some programs will run. 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 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 as they prepare to return to campus in the fall. There is no set timeline for modifications to be announced given the varying academic calendars of our programs.

Fall 2020

If you are notified that 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, 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.

To withdraw from Fall 2020 global study, please email 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.

Spring 2021

Gettysburg College is proceeding as planned with spring 2021 global study. The deadline to submit an application is October 1.

Please be in touch with the Center for Global Education at with additional questions.