All Gonzaga study abroad programs, including Gonzaga in Florence (GIF), will be canceled for the 2020 Fall semester, as announced via email by Director of Center of Global Engagement, Richard Menard, and GIF Dean Jason Houston, PhD. 

“Gonzaga’s Study Abroad Office and GU administrators have made the decision to cancel all study abroad programs for Fall 2020 including Gonzaga in Florence,” the email said. “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.”

Students who were planning on studying abroad in the fall will enroll in classes in the main campus in Spokane and are required to fill out a form so the Study Abroad Office can facilitate the enrollment of students’ courses. Assistance with finding on and off campus housing will also be available for those interested.

Students will also receive a $500 deposit refund for the program deposit submitted earlier in the spring semester. 

Furthermore, students’ application status will change from “Committed to Fall” to “Pending for Spring 2021,” and “The application fee will be transferred to the future GIF application, along with the other application requirements,” the email said. 

GIF Fall 2020 applicants will be given high priority admittance in the selection process for GIF Spring 2021. Students who wish to either attend GIF beyond Spring 2021 or who do not plan to or become unable to attend in the future will be able to contact Study Abroad Advisor Erin Schultheis for more information.

“We are sorry to deliver disappointing news,” the email said. “Studying abroad is a significant experience for our students and we are saddened by this outcome. We hope that going abroad in the future is a possibility and welcome the opportunity to work with you again.”

Vinny Saglimbeni is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @vinnysaglimbeni.

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