Go Abroad ZAGS! Spend a year, semester, or summer abroad and be inspired by the people, cultures, languages, and histories of places around the globe.
Gonzaga University encourages students to enhance their undergraduate program with a summer, semester, or academic year of international study. Studying outside of the United States allows students to immerse themselves in other cultures and better appreciate the diversity of peoples throughout the world. In this unique learning environment, students often develop proficiency in other languages, become familiar with new customs and beliefs, and gain access to great historical monuments and works of art. While abroad, students also have the opportunity to reflect upon the United States and its traditions from a new perspective. Students return transformed.
Studying abroad is highly regarded by both educators and employers and is seen as a strong indication of intellectual curiosity and emotional maturity. Students who acquire foreign language proficiency are especially esteemed and sought after by graduate schools, businesses, and organizations of all kinds. Gonzaga University offers a variety of study abroad opportunities for qualified students. See GU sponsored program listings below.
All students studying abroad must process their application through the GU Study Abroad office, regardless of which type of program is selected (sponsored or non-sponsored). Approval is based on recommendations, Student Life clearance, as well as the program’s grade point average requirement.
The following are steps to help you plan your study abroad experience.
Define your objectives
Consider your reasons to study abroad. Do you want to pursue academic coursework related to your degree? Enhance your language skills? Gain cultural experience in a particular country? Or do you have other reasons? Begin by setting and prioritizing your study abroad goals.
Explore your study abroad options
Visit the Study Abroad Office
The GU Study Abroad staff can help you explore your options and prepare you to gain the most from your study abroad experience. The earlier you start planning for your study abroad experience, the better.
Meet with your academic advisor
You are encouraged to begin discussions with your academic advisors early in your academic career. Academic advisors are an important resource in exploring how study abroad fits into your academic plan. Various study abroad opportunities are available following the completion of your freshman year through graduation. While abroad you can take courses that directly apply to your major, electives, or core requirements.
Complete your application early
Once you have selected your program, complete the application well before the deadline. All documents must be processed through the GU Study Abroad office in order to receive financial aid and course credit.
Apply for or renew your passport
Do not delay in getting your passport. If you have a passport, check the expiration date. Many countries require that a passport be valid for six months beyond the planned date of return to the United States.
Prepare for your time abroad
Complete all post-acceptance forms and return them to the Study Abroad office. Attend your pre-departure orientation program. Have the time of your life! Go Zags!
Most students attend GU sponsored study abroad programs which allow them to receive Gonzaga University credit and take financial aid. Students can choose to study abroad for an academic year, semester, or summer. Some students even choose to study abroad multiple times. Sponsored programs also include exchanges and faculty-led programs. Check the GU Study Abroad website for updates!
Gonzaga-in-Florence Program: Year or Semester
Dean: J. Patrick Burke, Ph.D.
The mission of Gonzaga-in-Florence is a direct extension of the mission of Gonzaga University as humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit community of higher education. Since 1963, Gonzaga-in-Florence primarily serves junior undergraduates in a year-long core program and welcomes both Gonzaga and non-Gonzaga students. While the program is designed as a full year academic study abroad experience, fall and spring semester options are available.
The city of Florence, long recognized as the intellectual and artistic center of both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, was also the student home of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. Its libraries, museums, churches, and monuments provide today’s students with unique opportunities for understanding the forces which shaped European civilization. The program is located in the heart of the old city near the University of Florence. Housing is provided for students in nearby Italian boarding hotels. Students can also apply for a home-stay option.
While proficiency in the Italian language is not a requirement for acceptance into the Florence program, students are required to complete one course of Italian per semester abroad which may be fulfilled prior to or during the time abroad.
Academic Program: The courses offered cover a wide range of subjects in business and the humanities including: art history, drawing, engineering, economics, English literature, fresco, medieval and Renaissance history, beginning through advanced Italian language, philosophy, political science, sculpture, sociology, teacher education and religious studies, as well as business courses such as management, marketing, finance and business law. Courses can be found in the departmental listings for Italian Studies and in individual departments where Florence courses are so noted. Students and their advisors should consult the Study Abroad office in Spokane for specific courses offered each year in Florence. The Florence faculty is composed of professors both from Gonzaga and from Italian universities in Florence and in Bologna. In order to supplement and enrich the academic and cultural experience, optional organized three-day weekend trips are offered during the program. Year and semester students are encouraged to participate in the optional Christmas Tour.
Financial Information: The basic cost includes: (1) $500 deposit (applied to program charges but otherwise nonrefundable), (2) Opening Tour (beginning of the semester and serves as an orientation for new students), (3) Tuition, room, board (breakfast every day and seven other meals per week), and general fees in Florence. Basic charges do not cover transportation to or from Europe, books, medical insurance or personal expenses.
Gonzaga-in-Florence Engineering Semester Program
Engineering students have the opportunity to study on the Gonzaga-in-Florence program during the spring semester of their sophomore year. The engineering and mathematics courses offered on the program are designed to fit into engineering students’ existing curriculum and requirement. Interested students must apply during their freshman year.
Gonzaga-in-Florence Teacher Education Semester Program
Sophomores and juniors who are seeking teacher certification through the School of Education have the opportunity to study in Florence. A core of courses designed to meet certification curriculum requirements are offered in the spring semester by faculty with teacher education training and experience. This track presents students the opportunity to gain awareness of and insight into global issues that will enhance their teaching.
Gonzaga-in-Florence Summer Program
The Gonzaga-in-Florence Summer Program is an excellent opportunity for any college student who has completed their freshman year to have a fascinating European experience. The program begins in mid-May with an Opening Tour, followed by six-weeks of course work ending in late June. Courses may include art, communication arts, engineering, history, philosophy, religious studies, and business. An Italian language course is provided, with all other classes in English. Guided weekend trips are offered. The program fee includes the Opening Tour, tuition for two courses, housing in Italian hotels, and some meals.
AUSTRALIA: School for Field Studies Center for Rainforest Studies in Queensland
Students research a critical local and regional environmental problem — loss and fragmentation of once extensive rainforests, and the environmental policies under consideration by the local and Commonwealth governments. SFS staff and students, in collaboration with local landholders and stakeholder organizations, focus on enhancing the condition of tropical rainforests, as well as determining how we should regenerate and restore the rainforest on the Atherton Tablelands.
COSTA RICA: School for Field Studies Center for Sustainable Development Studies
In this semester or summer program students observe how Costa Rica now faces a critical juncture as resource management decisions are being made in an effort to keep pace with competitive global markets. Students study different sustainable management models that protect the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s ecosystems while promoting socio-economic benefits for its people.
CHINA: The Beijing Center
This Jesuit program, sponsored by Loyola University Chicago, offers a unique mix of study and travel in China. Humanities and business courses are taught in English except for Chinese language courses. Program trips take students to places of historic and cultural significance where few travelers ever visit. Students choose either a semester or full-year option. One year of Chinese is required.
EL SALVADOR: Casa de la Solidaridad Program
This Jesuit service-orientated program, sponsored by Santa Clara University, offers an intense fall or spring semester of study at the Universidad Centroamericana during either a junior or senior year. Courses in literature, language, politics, religion, and selected other disciplines emphasize a community service component. Candidates are selected by a committee and must have extensive community service experience and two years of Spanish.
ENGLAND: The London Centre
The London Centre, sponsored by AHA International, offers either a fall or spring semester in the heart of London. The program, which includes courses in history, political science, sociology, art, theatre and English literature, is enriched with weekly field trips and London theatre productions.
FRANCE: Gonzaga-in-Paris Program
Gonzaga-in-Paris is a year or semester-long program for students who want to attain advanced proficiency in French language and a deeper understanding of French culture. The purpose of the Gonzaga-in-Paris program, designed for juniors with a background in French (three semesters or the equivalent), is for complete immersion in the French culture and language with the specific goal of achieving fluency. The student walks away with immeasurable personal growth, self-confidence, and the satisfaction that comes with having mastered a language and a culture. Students take up to 15 credit hours at L'Institut Catholique or La Sorbonne. While the Gonzaga-in-Paris program is challenging, students receive continuous, personalized support from the director in Paris and the director in Spokane.
IRELAND: Trinity College
Gonzaga University students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at Trinity College, Ireland's oldest and most prestigious university. Course offerings include humanities, business, engineering, and sciences. A minimum 3.3 GPA is required for admittance to this program.
SPAIN: Granada Program
A fall or spring semester in Granada, Spain is sponsored by Willamette University for Spanish majors. Classes are held at the University of Granada’s Centro de Lenguas Modernas and are taught entirely in Spanish. A Spanish placement test determines which courses students are allowed to select. The semester begins with orientation and a group excursion to Madrid. Students have full university privileges and access to libraries, study areas, sports, cultural and recreational services, and other activities. The equivalent of five semesters of college level Spanish is required.
TURKS & CAICOS: School for Field Studies Marine Resource Management Center
The Center works with the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government’s Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) and the National Park Service to develop management strategies that shield the TCI from the fate that has befallen other nearby areas in the Caribbean. Students spend a semester or summer helping to provide the local government, community, and tourism developers with advice that will help sustain the economic, societal, and ecological stability of South Caicos and its island community.
Exchange programs are agreements between GU and foreign universities. Students direct enroll at the partner university for a semester or year and in exchange the partner university sends students to GU. Students pay GU tuition, and room and board to the host university. Exchanges can be competitive as there are limited number of spaces available each year. Apply early.
AUSTRALIA: University of Notre Dame Exchange Program
Located on the Indian Ocean in the heart of Fremantle, Australia, the University of Notre Dame’s vibrant campus is close to the major city of Perth. Classes are offered in Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, and Nursing. Students enroll in classes with Australians and can obtain special certificates in International Studies, Asian Pacific Studies, Asian Pacific Business or Australasian Ecology after completion of one semester’s focused classes. Semester option.
JAPAN: Akita International University Exchange Program
A year, semester, or summer is available to Gonzaga juniors at Akita International University, a global orientated, small liberal arts college located on the northern Japanese seaboard. A broad range of humanities courses, as well as international studies and international business, are taught in English. Special classes in Japanese studies are offered. Two years of Japanese language is required for the year or semester. A six-week intensive Japanese language summer session is available.
JAPAN: Sophia University Exchange Program
This prestigious Jesuit university in the midst of Tokyo exchanges three students with Gonzaga University for either a semester or full year. Except for language classes, all courses are taught in English and include many international studies and business options. Two years of Japanese language is required for the year or semester program.
THE NETHERLANDS: Erasmus University Exchange Program
This fall or spring semester program exchanges four semester students between Erasmus University and Gonzaga University. The courses, taught in English, focus primarily on political science, but other options are available.
SPAIN: Universidad Pontificia Comillas Exchange Program
A fall or spring semester in Madrid at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas is available for students in the Schools of Education and Art & Sciences. Courses taught in English are available for students with a low command of Spanish. Students with a high command of Spanish (at least four semester are eligible for all courses pre-approved by the appropriate department(s). The program admits up to 2 full year or 4 semester students during the junior year. 3.0 GPA and some Spanish language background is required.
SPAIN: Universitat Ramon Llull Exchange Program
Gonzaga Business majors may take courses at IQS, one of the institutions that is part of the Universitat Ramon Llull, for a semester. Fall courses are taught in Spanish and spring courses are in English. This is a unique opportunity to study in the heart of Barcelona, one of the most exciting cities in the world. Admits four semester or two full year students.
TAIWAN: Chang Gung University Exchange Program
Gonzaga Business majors may take courses at College of Management at Chang Gung University for a semester or academic year. Change Gung University is a private university in Gueishan, Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. Courses are taught in English.
Faculty-led programs are developed and led by GU faculty. The programs can be competitive, as space is limited. *Operation of a faculty-led program is dependent upon administrative approval and minimum enrollment. Faculty-led programs may not operate on a yearly basis.
ENGLAND: London Summer Program*
This summer program operates May – June and is led by selected faculty from Gonzaga or other universities. Proposed courses vary each year. Courses are combined with excursions in greater London and beyond to provide a unique learning opportunity.
MEXICO: Cuernavaca Spanish Intensive Summer Program*
This faculty-led program in Cuernavaca, Mexico offers two three-week sessions for Gonzaga students beginning in late May and ending in early July. Classes, taught by Mexican instructors, include Mexican art, history, literature, anthropology, politics, and all levels of Spanish. Guided tours to various sites of historic interest are an integral part of the program. A resident director from Gonzaga’s Spanish program accompanies the students and monitors their academic performance.
MEXICO, CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA: Field Studies in Biodiversity Summer Program*
Students in this faculty-led program use an international experience as a backdrop to learn about evolutionary, ecological and biogeographical processes that determine the ranges and biodiversity of organisms. The course begins with class work on the Gonzaga campus and is followed by 3-4 weeks in the field (locations vary by year, but are usually either in Mexico, Central or South America). In addition, students will observe how other cultures and people interact with their biological environments and exploit and preserve their natural world.
BENIN. Summer Program*
The Benin program offers a variety of courses on a rotating basis, including courses in nursing, engineering, philosophy, and environmental studies. Service activities in the courses focus on the engineering, public health, and cultural considerations in addressing environmentally-related health issues and development efforts in a developing country. Students engage in both classroom learning and a two-week, faculty-led, in-country service learning experience. The in-country experience takes place at the Songhai Center, which is a UN Center for Excellence for sustainable development. Limited enrollment selected by a committee of faculty involved in teaching the summer's course.
This faculty-led program at Chimfunshi, a 27,000 acre reserve for chimpanzees, offers a unique opportunity to study chimp psychological behavior and provide service to the local people living or working on the reserve. The Psychology Department and the Center for Community Action and Service Learning co-direct this program. Limited enrollment selected by a committee.
In the spirit of developing leadership for the common good, this faculty-led program offers an international leadership studies summer academic course and includes a three- week immersion experience in the small town of Zambezi, Zambia. Students will have the opportunity to understand and practice key concepts of servant leadership in an international service-learning experience. Through meaningful community development projects, students learn about intercultural competence and leadership development in this unique international setting. Limited enrollment selected by a committee.
Gonzaga-in-Monze is a faculty-led summer program offered through Gonzaga's Department of Teacher Education. In partnership with Charles Lwanga College, this program offers a unique opportunity to earn credit toward the teacher certification program. The study abroad experience takes place over the course of four weeks. Three weeks include coursework and field work . The fourth week is dedicated to touring areas of Zambia and enhancing the student's personal experience. Prior to the four week experience, students participate in a number of pre-immersion seminars during the spring tern.