International Students

Hello Future International Zags!

We are very excited to welcome you this August! Our office, International Student & Scholar Services, is there to help you from now until you graduate, and beyond. We provide immigration information and documentation to all international students. We also help international students adjust to life at Gonzaga, and life in Spokane, WA. We are also here to make sure that you have the best experience possible at Gonzaga University, so we will help you navigate the University and the city in all its academic and non-academic aspects.

Before your arrival, be sure to check this list to make sure that you are prepared:

  • Plan to arrive in Spokane on or before August 28.
  • There is also an interactive campus map available on that same page in the left-hand side bar. Orientation is mandatory and starts on August 29 for all international students.

ISSS Save the Date

When you purchase your plane ticket, be sure to complete the airport pickup form and pay the $10 airport pickup fee. If you do so, one of our staff members will come pick you up at the airport, show you where you can buy groceries, and show you where orientation will take place. You can also purchase linens (sheets, towel, pillow, etc.) on the same page for $45.


Send your passport size pictureto before August 11: this way you will have your Student ID ready at orientation!

Immunization Forms: Gonzaga's Immunization Form which is REQUIRED for all Gonzaga students. Please have your doctor complete the form, and bring it with you to campus. We will assist you with submission of the form to the Health Center. Download the form here

J-1 & F-1 visa students & Exchange Scholars are required to carry insurance that pays at least $50,000 per accident or illness, $7,500 for repatriation of remains, $10,000 for medical evacuation to home country, and a deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness. Purchasing Gonzaga medical insurance will fulfill this requirement. Medical expenses are high in the U.S. You must have enough coverage to pay for unexpected accident/medical costs while in the U.S. There will be no exceptions to this requirement. Consider these costs as a mandatory part of your educational expenses.

PLEASE BRING PROOF OF MEDICAL INSURANCE TO ORIENTATION! Please note that if you are part of a sponsored program, your insurance is part of your program.


The weather in Spokane should be nice in August and September, but winter will come quickly. Have a look at what the weather is usually like here so that you can decide what to put in your suitcase.

Meet the ISSS Staff!

Harry Daniels-Schatz, M.S. is the International Student Advisor, and he works primarily with matriculated undergraduate students.
Contact Harry at: or +1 509 313 3648.
Harry, ISSS
Sarah Alami is the International Student & Scholar Coordinator and Immigration Advisor, and she works primarily with graduate and non-matriculated undergraduate students.
Contact Sarah at: or +1 509 313 5584.
Sarah, ISSS
Amber McKenzie-O'Neill, M.A. is the Director, and she works primarily with visiting scholars and professors.
Contact Amber at: or +1 509 313 5560.
Amber, ISSS

Check out these links as well for more information:

Schedule of Events

International Student Orientation is mandatory on Thursday, August 29.

Events on Friday, August 30 are optional for all International students.

Click here to view a detailed copy of the schedule.

Thursday, August 29th

Walk to Foley Teleconference Center
  • Welcome & introductions
  • Immigration overview
  • On- and off-campus employment (taxes & SSN)

Coffe/Snack Break


Presentation from Washington State Patrol Officer: Jeff Sevigney


Important Info for New Zags

  • Workshop & event calendar
  • Zagweb, zagmail, listserve, connecting with the ISU office
  • Sign up for optional activites (insurance workship, US Bank, Wal-Mart)

Campus Resources Part I


Lunch and Campus Resources Part II


Breaout session with current undergraduates, grads, scholars


Campus tour with Student Activities


Return to Schoenberg to pick up Immigration documents


Insurance workshop


Optional Downtown walking tour with ISU
Meet at Schoenberg Center, wear walking shoes, bring $1.50 for the bus ride back to campus


Friday, August 30th

Optional activities—please sign up by clicking here to email
Sarah Alami if you would like to attend these events.

Open a US Bank account
Meet at Schoenberg and bring passport, I-20 or DS-2019, money to deposit


Trip to Wal-Mart and Lunch

11am - 2:30pm

Ice Cream Social at Schoenberg


To print a copy of the schedule of events, click here.
International Students & Scholar Services
Schoenberg Center
Spokane, WA 99258-0088
Toll Free: (800) 986-9585
Ext. 3648
Phone: (509) 313-3648
Fax: (509) 313-5814