Gonzaga Global Team

Gonzaga Global is a partnership between Gonzaga University and Shorelight created to increase international access and enrollment at Gonzaga University. Increasing the diversity of home languages and cultures of our student body has the potential to further enhance Gonzaga's mission and internationalization plan to further create an exemplary learning community that educates students for lives of leadership and service for the common good by further diversifying an already dynamic student body. Gonzaga Global is based on a revenue share agreement wherein Shorelight receives no money up front from Gonzaga. Shorelight instead shares in revenues for those students who enroll and realizes financial incentives for student retention and graduation. If considering Gonzaga’s discount financial aid model, Gonzaga Global students are discounted less, and therefore return more revenue to Gonzaga.

Some Gonzaga Global students are admitted directly into undergraduate or graduate programs. and others are admitted to a Pathway program based on language proficiency. Pathway students participate in Intensive English Program (IEP) language courses in the English Language Center (ELC) as well as specific courses in the Core, or their program of study. Shorelight-recruited students that are enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students receive wrap-around student services support from the Gonzaga Global team during their first year on campus. Those students that are enrolled in a Pathway program are non-matriculated students and receive wrap-around student services support until they are matriculated. These students are also supported by ELC staff if they are in the IEP or Pathways. All Gonzaga Global students are supported by Gonzaga’s International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff, Gonzaga Global staff, and faculty academic advisors.

Gonzaga Global students are fully Gonzaga students, and just like for all students, we seek to care for them holistically. We want all our international students to be successful and healthy, those recruited as Gonzaga Global students as well as those who come to us through other avenues. ISSS and Gonzaga Global staff are located in the Center for Global Engagement (CGE).

Tim Smetana, Gonzaga Global Managing Director

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The Managing Director oversees Gonzaga Global program operations and student services.


James Vair, Gonzaga Global Student Services Advisor

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James helps Gonzaga Global students with academic, social, and cultural needs. Visit James' meeting calendar to schedule an appointment with him.


Sarah Williams, Assistant Academic Operations Director 

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Sarah helps ensure the delivery of a high-quality experience for all students in the Gonzaga Global program through strategic student data management and pro-active academic intervention. Email Sarah to schedule an appointment with her.