Mandatory Orientation


All students are required to attend the mandatory International Student and Scholar Services’ International Student Orientation!

     Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
     Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.
     Place: John J. Hemmingson Center

You must bring all immigration documents including:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20/DS-2019
  • I-94
  • Immunizations and all required medical forms

This orientation will cover immigration, safety, and campus policies and resourcesWe will also collect all of your immigration documents at this time, so do not forget to bring them with you!

All students are also required to attend their program's orientation: Undergraduate (including transfer), exchange and visiting students, please follow this link for more information on your New Student Orientation.  

Continue to check your email for the orientation schedule
Which will include all orientation activities.
Question? Don’t hesitate to contact ISSS via email at 


Medical Insurance

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.
Please feel free to contact our office anytime by emailing  


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

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