Mandatory Orientation



The Gonzaga University International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) office looks forward to welcoming you to campus this spring! ISSS is here to assist you with achieving your personal and academic goals while you’re in the United States. We provide pre and post arrival orientation, immigration and academic advising, cultural adjustment workshops, job placement assistance, fun social activities, and much more. Please feel free to contact our office anytime!

Before your arrival in Spokane, Washington, please be sure to check the following:


  • Have you arranged your housing? Visit this page if you need more information.
  • If you plan to live on campus, be sure to complete the Early Arrival Form for Spring 2016 here and send it to


  • 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.
  • Plan to arrive in Spokane onJanuary 9 or January 10, 2016.  If you arrive earlier, your on-campus accommodations may NOT be available, and you will need to stay in a hotel.
  • The mandatory Orientation will be held on Monday, January 11 from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Optional activities are available until later in the evening. (you will be receiving the complete- check your e-mail)


  • Send your passport size picture to before December 31: this way you will have your Student ID ready at orientation! Directions on uploading your photo can be found here.
  • Complete Gonzaga's Immunization Forms, 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. You can download the form here.
  • J-1 & F-1 visa students & Exchange Scholars are required to carry insurance that pays at least $100,000 per accident or illness, $25,000 for repatriation of remains, $50,000 for medical evacuation to home country, and a deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness. As an F-1 or J-1 student, you will be automatically enrolled in Gonzaga’s medical insurance plan to meet these requirements. Details about the plan can be found here.
    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. It is a mandatory part of your educational expenses.


Spokane in January is typically snowy, wet, and cold. Have a look at what the weather is usually like here so that you can decide what to put in your suitcase. 

Check out these links for more information:

Meet the ISSS Staff!

Amber McKenzie

Amber McKenzie                            

Director, ISSS
RO & PDSO for Immigration documents        
(509) 313-5560   
Office:  HEMM 204D
Stashia Kail

Stashia Kaiel             

International Enrollment Specialist
DSO & ARO for Immigration documents
(509) 313-6454
Office: HEMM 204B
Sarah Alami

Sarah Alami                        

International Student Advisor
DSO & ARO for Immigration documents
(509) 313-5584
Office: HEMM 102C

Emma Butterworth               

International Student Wellness Assistant
DSO for Immigration documents
(509) 313-6236
Office: HEMM 102E
Brittany Preston

Brittany Preston

International Recruiter/Counselor
(509) 313-3648
Office: HEMM 204I

Janice Ouyang

Janice Ouyang

Wellness Assistant
(509) 313-3615
Office: HEMM 102C / Schoenberg 104


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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