Fall 2020 Program Updates

Parent & Family FAQs for Fall 2020 Study Abroad

Fall 2020

Gonzaga’s Study Abroad Office and GU administrators have made the decision to cancel all study abroad programs for Fall 2020.  As we have monitored the COVID-19 pandemic globally, we had been hopeful that circumstances would improve so that students could experience a transformational semester abroad.  Unfortunately, the pandemic continues, and in the interest of students’ health and safety, cancelling study abroad programs for fall is the best course of action. 

Please refer to questions below regarding next steps.

Spring 2021

We continue to monitor our study abroad programs worldwide and are proceeding with our typical application cycle. Should it begin to appear that contingencies are needed for Spring 2021, we will put them in place and monitor our partners’ plans and be in communication with applicants and their families as new information is available.

Applications for GU students intending to study with Gonzaga in Florence (GIF) opened in May 2020 and are due by July 31st, 2020.

Sponsored program applications are due in September and October 2020, specific deadlines listed on the individual program pages.  


Students will receive a refund of their $500 program deposit which will be applied to their Fall 2020 charges. The $500 credit will appear on students’ Fall 2020 billing statements that will be issued over the next weeks.

Students not attending Gonzaga University for the Fall 2020 term can request the Program Deposit be returned by emailing studentaccounts@gonzaga.edu or contacting Student Accounts at 509.313.6812. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

Study abroad staff will work with students to defer or withdraw their Fall 2020 applications. If a student is able to defer, the application fee will be transferred to the new application. For those that are unable to study abroad in a future term, the $50 application fee can be refunded by emailing the study abroad advisor or studyabroad@gonzaga.edu to withdraw their application.


We understand that the cancellation of Study Abroad programs this fall may result in the need for assistance locating housing on and off campus this coming year. 

The Housing and Residence Life Department is available to help.  If you are interested in living on campus, please fill out a 2020-21 Academic Year Application or a Fall 2020 Only Application on ZagLiving (be sure to select the term that fits your housing need) as soon as possible. A Housing Assignments specialist will contact you shortly after July 22nd, once we understand the demand.


If you are looking for guidance on finding off campus housing in the Logan neighborhood, we offer this Off-Campus Housing Virtual Bulletin Board as a resource.


Gonzaga in Florence FAQs

Gonzaga in Florence students should complete this FORM by July 22nd which will help with transitioning students' class schedules back to main campus.

The Study Abroad Office will work with the College/Schools and Academic Departments and the Registrar's Office to help facilitate course registration for impacted students. Should students have questions about which classes they should enroll in main campus, we encourage students to contact the Academic, Advising & Assistance office for guidance, advise@gonzaga.edu.


Students from Fall 2020 planning to attend the GIF Spring 2021 term will have high priority admittance in the selection process. Decision notifications for the GIF Spring 2021 term will be sent via email on August 12th, 2020. For students who would like to defer to a future term (Summer 2021 or Fall 2021), contact Erin Schultheis for further information.

  • Fall 2020 applications will be changed by Friday, July 17th from Committed for Fall 2020 to Pending for Spring 2021.
  • The application fee will be transferred to the future GIF application, along with the other application requirements.
  • There are a few items students need to update, but the completed application items are retained. Fall 2020 applicants should login to their study abroad application HERE to make these updates by the July 31st deadline.
  • Contact Erin Schultheis schultheis@gonzaga.edu for questions.