COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

FAQs for Study Abroad and COVID-19

Spring 2021

Gonzaga University has made the decision to cancel all study abroad programs for Spring 2021. 

Questions can be directed to or (509) 313-3549.  Our office is open Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm.

Summer 2021 and Fall 2021

We continue to monitor and evaluate the circumstances abroad in determining what study abroad programs will be offered during Summer & Fall 2021. We will proceed with accepting applications for both terms though circumstances and programs are subject to change. As information available, this page will be updated with more details. 

  • Summer 2021 applications will open at the beginning of the Spring 2021 or before.  Refer to the list of programs below to determine if applications are being accepted.
  • Fall 2021 applications will open December 15th, 2020.

The list of programs and more information can be found here.

General FAQs

The date a student can withdraw from their study abroad program will vary by the specific program.

  • For GIF, please contact Erin Schultheis
  • For all other programs, please contact your study abroad advisor directly or email to confirm the withdrawal and refund policy for your specific program.

At this time, we strongly recommend not purchasing airfare until instructed to do so by the Study Abroad Office. Program dates for all programs are subject to change.


The Study Abroad Office continues to remain in frequent contact with all our study abroad partners and institutions about the status of the on-site programs.  As new information and updates are available, they will be shared with participants. Circumstances on-site at our study abroad locations may dictate cancelling a program by the host institution or Gonzaga. 


Although we hope to offer study abroad experiences this Spring 2021, the reality is that to offer those programs, our partner institutions may have to make necessary modifications due to COVID-19.


Please consult your healthcare provider to ensure you can bring any medication you’ll need, and to address any health concerns. If you have underlying health conditions that might put you at higher risk for infection or serious complications of COVID-19, talk with your doctor to decide if travel is advisable at this time and, if it is, how to manage your health abroad. Be sure you are up to date on all routine vaccines including the seasonal flu shot.


Flexibility: As in the United States, conditions and recommendations abroad are constantly changing as the public health community and leaders learn more about COVID-19. Just like on Main campus in Spokane, GIF and our partner institutions will need to respond by adjusting recommended protocols, class schedules, field study or activities, etc., sometimes with very little notice. Please prepare to be flexible. At some point in the semester, you may need to isolate for a period of time as a result of illness, exposure, or a community lockdown.

Respect: As a Jesuit institution, we must live out our values of mutual respect and support for one another. Taking steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection (or any other spread of disease) is a shared responsibility. You will find your host country’s approaches to COVID-19 may be different from those in the U.S. Take the opportunity to learn and ask questions while remembering to approach your local community with grace and respect.

Compliance: Any measures implemented to protect you and the community from COVID-19 are only effective if they are followed by everyone. Laws and guidelines regarding social distancing and other practices may be updated at any time and GIF and our partner organizations abroad will require all students to comply with all local guidance. This may include monitoring temperatures, hand washing, wearing masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and cooperation with recommended COVID-19 testing and contact tracing processes. Failure to comply with these rules and precautions could be a violation of Gonzaga’s or the program’s Code of Student Responsibility or Conduct. We ask students to comply for the benefit of the community, even when no one is watching.