University Ministry supports the faith development of all members of the Gonzaga community, regardless of religious affiliation and tradition. University Ministry provides opportunities and resources for spiritual growth and fellowship through retreats, service projects, liturgies, music ministry, small groups, spiritual direction, residence hall programs and more. These activities invite participants into a deeper understanding of Gonzaga’s Jesuit and Catholic identity as well as a profound respect for other religious and spiritual traditions.
University Ministry’s retreat programs provide opportunities to practice reflection, leadership, fellowship and self-examination according to our Ignatian heritage. More than a thousand students participate in these retreats each year. We coordinate one Pilgrimage, two First Year Retreats, one Pre-Orientation First Year Retreat, four Search Retreats, one Men’s Retreat, one Women’s Retreat and two Montserrat Retreats every academic year. Each retreat is coordinated by a University Ministry staff member and many are led by student crews.
These are intentional small groups that meet weekly to reflect, share life, pray, laugh and grow. Each year, roughly 500 students gather in these small groups to deepen their relationship with God, form lasting relationships with others, and walk through the valleys and peaks of college life together. CLC/Life Groups also gather regularly for large-group activities, social events, and service projects.
Mass and Sacraments
As a Catholic university, we hold Masses on campus to unite us as a faith community. Two public liturgies are available each day in the Gonzaga community. People of all religious paths are welcome to join us in prayer and worship. In addition, we help students connect with other local churches and places of worship.
Not only are students invited to come to Mass, but they are also invited to take on leadership positions, such as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Server, or Sacristan. University Ministry also offers students the Sacrament of Reconciliation through appointment or before Sunday evening Mass.
If you have questions about other University Ministry events and programs, please contact the office at (509) 313-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org. University Ministry is located on the main floor of the Hemmingson Center (Suite 104) and online at https://www.gonzaga.edu/about/our-mission-jesuit-values/office-of-mission-ministry.
Gonzaga University’s academic programs of study are approved by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10 USC.
For graduate students enrolled in academic programs offering courses in non-standard terms, the number of credits required to achieve a time status of "full time" shall be proportional to the number of weeks in that non-standard term divided by sixteen (e.g. 8 divided by 16, times 6 credits equals a full-time status of three (3) credits for a non-standard term of eight (8) weeks duration).
Eligible veterans needing to apply for their benefits, approved veterans needing certification of enrollment, or students with questions about possible veteran benefits should contact the University’s Veterans Advisor in Room 229 of College Hall.www.gonzaga.edu/csas
The Center for Student Academic Success (CSAS) is an all-inclusive academic support center designed, through programs and retention initiatives, to empower Gonzaga students to be active and independent learners in pursuit of their academic success. The Center includes three integrated areas:
Academic Advising and Assistance
Professional advisors in AAA provide developmental academic advising across all curricula at Gonzaga. They assist students on a variety of topics, including academic planning, policy clarifications, crisis management, transitional advising for students between majors, and academic skill development. AAA is responsible for academic standing and probation, freshman registration, as well as individual assistance for students and faculty on academic issues. In partnership with the Center for Cura Personalis, AAA coordinates a campus wide early alert and referral system called REFER. www.gonzaga.edu/aaa.
Students seeking strategies, tools and resources to enhance academic success can sign up for one-on-one peer tutoring and academic mentoring in The Learning Studio. Professional Strategic Learning Specialists are available to work with students on individualized learning plans, provide accountability, develop metacognitive skills and explore opportunities for increasing resiliency. Secure proctored testing is also available. www.gonzaga.edu/learningstrategies
Disability Access provides access services to Gonzaga University’s programs, services, activities and facilities for qualified students with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Washington State laws. Disability Access serves students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Disability Access may arrange or provide appropriate and reasonable academic accommodations, auxiliary aids, assistive technology, physical/mobility aids and other types of accommodations for students with disabilities. Students should contact Disability Access to inquire about the procedure for requesting accommodations. The University recommends the student contact Disability Access at least four weeks prior to the semester for which they are requesting services. However, Disability Access continuously evaluates student documentation and requests for accommodation throughout the school year.
If at any time during the process of application, admission, and enrollment, individuals feel that they have been discriminated against because of disability, they are encouraged to notify Disability Access. Incidents which have occurred more than 120 days prior to making the complaint may or may not be given consideration. To obtain copies of GU’s Informal Complaint Process for Reasonable Accommodation or the Formal Grievance Procedure, please contact the Disability Access office.
Disability Access is located in Foley Center Library, 2nd floor, Room 209 and is at extension 4134. Visit www.gonzaga.edu/disabilityaccess.
Joseph Kinsella, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President
The Center for Global Engagement (CGE) provides international experiences for Gonzaga’s globally-connected future leaders, with the goal of enhancing students’ intercultural competence and expanding students’ knowledge about the world around them. The CGE is composed of two academic departments: the English Language Center and Gonzaga in Florence, and professional staff in the CGE dedicated to the success of study abroad and international students. At the heart of Gonzaga’s global community, the CGE strives to bring all of Gonzaga’s constituents who have studied, lived and worked around the globe into meaningful and engaged relationships.
Gonzaga believes that a critical part of any education is the growth of skills, knowledge and attitudes that nurture an active engagement with the world and the people who inhabit it. If you are looking for an education that will challenge you as well as position you for an outstanding career in our increasingly interconnected world, studying abroad is a popular option at Gonzaga. Studying abroad is part of our tradition at Gonzaga. Gonzaga allows you to use your scholarships and financial aid to pay for programs that fit into your degree plan with the goal of graduating on time.
Nearly 50% of Gonzaga graduates study abroad compared to less than 9% of US graduates who achieve a baccalaureate degree. CGE boasts programs in over 60 locations and there are multiple programs that will allow students to earn credit towards their Gonzaga Core Requirements, major and minor requirements. To learn more about what credits can count towards degree requirements explore the Study Abroad web section at www.studyabroad.gonzaga.edu.
Gonzaga welcomes applications from international students to become part of Gonzaga’s Global Community. Non-native English speaking students must present evidence of their ability to perform in undergraduate studies at Gonzaga, including one of the following exam results as proof of sufficient English proficiency:
- TOEFL score of at least 550 written / 213 computer / 80 IBT OR
- Score of 6.0 or better on the IELTS OR
- 'New SAT' combined score of 1150 or an 'Old SAT' combined score of 1070 Critical Reading and Math OR
- Composite ACT score of no less than 23
In lieu of test scores, Gonzaga will accept satisfactory completion of Gonzaga University’s Global Bridge 1 with a grade point average of at least 3.00 and the recommendation of the ESL faculty. Applicants should submit transcripts in both their native language and an official English translation issued by the institution.
Once admission has been granted, Gonzaga University requests international applicants to provide documentation of sufficient funds for academic and living costs while studying in the United States for at least the academic year (two consecutive full-time semesters). On the Financial Declaration students state that they have access to a certain amount of funds and indicates the source(s) of these funds. Students must provide documentation regarding the source of funding such as written notification from a sponsor or a certified bank statement.
The Financial Declaration and supporting documentation is required in order to process a U.S. immigration document known as an I-20 form. The International Admission office collects the information and accompanying documents; and when the student is accepted, prepares and mails the I-20 to the student. The student must report to the Center for Global Engagement immediately upon arrival in the United States in order to receive a travel signature and to submit immigration information.
The Center for Global Engagement provides an international student orientation prior to the new student undergraduate orientation as well as ongoing academic, cultural, and immigration support for the duration of program at Gonzaga University.
English Language Center
Since 1978, the University’s English Language Center (ELC) has addressed the needs of multilingual student whose primary native language is not English. Gonzaga’s ELC has served nearly 10,000 international student, introducing them to academic language and culture, higher education in the United States, and providing opportunities for intercultural exchanges with students from the U.S. and more than seventy other nations.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses
The ELC offers year-round intensive classes in ten levels of instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL). These courses are designed to meet the needs of international students seeking undergraduate and graduate admission to Gonzaga, as well as to assist international professionals in improving their English language ability. Instructional policies and program guidelines of the Gonzaga University ESL Program are in accordance with the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), the national professional organization in this field, which approved Gonzaga’s ESL accreditation in 2002 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2008.
Undergraduate Global Bridge Courses
The ELC offers Global Bridge courses to all international students and scholars. Global Bridge courses help international students with the lingusitc and cultural adjustment to integrated academic language and culture courses that will enrich each student’s academic program.
Global Bridge Program
For students who are ready to pursue undergraduate studies, but do not currently meet Gonzaga’s English proficiency requirements, admission to the Global Bridge Program offers integrated academic language and culture courses that will enrich each student’s academic program. The program enables students to improve English proficiency, while earning 12 credits toward a degree at a discounted tuition rate. Global Bridge courses are English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses linked to specific Core classes. International students will be placed into the appropriate courses and simultaneously enroll in one (or more) freshman Core course (s) and its linked ELCT (English Language Center) course.
Specialized English Language Programs
In addition to the academic ESL Program, the ELC offers short-term Specialized English Language Programs for contracted groups of students, faculty and international visitors.
Academic Support and Testing
The ELC conducts English Placement testing to determine which undergraduate Global Bridge classes incoming international students may be required or qualify to take. We provide testing and services for all multilingual students at Gonzaga who require or desire focused academic English language and culture instruction or support.
ELC and MA-TESL Program Affiliation
The ELC is affiliated with the following programs in the School of Education: Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA-TESL); Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate; and ELL endorsement. This important affiliation between programs includes shared faculty, curricular and programmatic integration, and opportunities for diverse student groups to collaborate in creative ways.
For more information about the English Language Center, visit www.gonzaga.edu/elc, or call 313-6562.
Gonzaga in Florence
Gonzaga in Florence is Gonzaga University's flagship study abroad program. Established in 1962, this program is run as a branch campus and accepts 185 students per semester. With over a half-century of history, Gonzaga in Florence has been leading the way in study abroad for decades and continues to play an important part in student's experiences at Gonzaga.
The city of Florence was chosen because of its tradition as the intellectual and artistic center of both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It also was the student home of Aloysius Gonzaga. Its libraries, museums, churches and monuments provide today's students with unique opportunities for understanding the forces which shaped European civilization. Florence is considered one of Europe’s first “global” cities, attracting students, artists, and intellectuals for over 500 years.
Gonzaga in Florence is located in the center of Florence not far from the Duomo and looks onto the Giardino dei Semplici, a 16th-century garden created by the Medici family. It is a few steps from Fra Angelico's frescoes painted for the San Marco monastery and from Michelangelo's David housed in the Galleria dell'Academia.
Gonzaga in Florence, which is housed in the Mozilo Center, provides students with all the facilities required for learning and student activities. The school is wired with the latest technology which includes wi-fi. In addition, the center's Martin Library collection consists of over 10,000 volumes. For research, students have also access to Gonzaga University's Spokane campus Foley Library resources and databases. A student lounge and fitness center are located on the lower level.
For more information about Gonzaga in Florence, visit www.gonzaga.edu/gif.
The Center for Global Engagement is where all students and faculty can engage in shared exploration of diverse ideas, identities and traditions that constitute our global heritage. This humanistic exploration is grounded in the Jesuit tradition of seeking to find the divine in all people. For more information about the Center for Global Engagement, visit www.gonzaga.edu/cge.