Students Still Plan to Study Abroad in the Fall

View of Sukedhara, Kathmandu from my morning commute to school (Photo provided)

View of Sukedhara, Kathmandu from my morning commute to school (Photo provided)


With concerns over the coronavirus still present, many study abroad programs for the fall semester of 2020 have been suspended. However, approximately 60 students still plan to study abroad, according to the Center for Global Education (CGE). 14 programs will be in session in 12 different countries.

According to CGE, no programs have been suspended yet for the spring of 2021. CGE is anticipating above-average numbers of Gettysburg College students planning to study abroad then.

“We are working with students to make sure they understand the modifications that have been made to their programs, the health and safety protocols in place, what classes will be available to assure students stay on track for graduation, and many other pertinent details so that they can make an informed decision about fall global study,” said Rebecca Bergren, the Director of CGE.

Bergren acknowledged new concerns students may have when it comes to the decision to study abroad.

“We acknowledge that every student and family will have a different tolerance for risks associated with fall global study,” she noted, “and are making sure students understand their options if they wish to defer global study to a future semester and return to Gettysburg in the fall, whether in-person or remotely.

As of July 15, the programs in the following countries have been suspended:

  • Cameroon
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Morocco
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Australia (SIT programs)
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Vietnam
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • France (Nantes and Paris)
  • Germany (Freiburg)
  • Netherlands
  • Serbia
  • Spain (Salamanca and Madrid)
  • Switzerland
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Norway 
  • Hungary (Budapest, but not the McDaniel program)

As of July 15, the following programs are still active:

  • Samoa
  • England (all locations)
  • France (Aix-en-Provence)
  • Germany (Berlin, but there will be no in-person classes)
  • Spain (Seville)
  • Argentina
  • Jordan
  • Egypt (Cairo) 
  • Peru 
  • Australia (Cairns)
  • Mexico (Merida)
  • Cuba 
  • Italy (Florence)
  • Hungary (Budapest via the McDaniel College program)
  • Japan (Kansai Gaidai University)
  • Washington Semester
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Author: Katie Oglesby

Katelyn (Katie) Oglesby '23 serves as the Assistant News Editor of the Gettysburgian. She intends to be an English with a Writing Concentration and Political Science double major. She is from San Diego, California, and often spends most of her free time reading or writing. She is also a fiction editor for the Mercury literary magazine.

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