International Students FAQ

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance for individuals traveling from various regions. Guidance for your specific country of origin of travel can be found on the CDC website. It is expected that you will follow the guidance prior to your departure as well as the guidance upon your arrival. If you have specific questions related to these requirements, please contact the Center for Global Engagement at (509) 313-3549 or

Generally there are requirements for Covid-19 testing within a certain number of days upon arrival to Spokane, and in some cases upon arrival in the United States (depending on the airport and their immigration requirements – please make note of these when making your travel plans). In Spokane, you can arrange for Covid-19 tests by referring to the Covid-19 test schedule found at or by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at +1 509-313-7070 extension 1.

If this is your first time attending classes at Gonzaga University, you may contact the Center for Global Engagement at (509) 313-3549 or to assist you in coordinating any services you may require during the recommended period of quarantine as defined by the CDC.

Updated January 11, 2021

Undergraduate Students

Returning UG students are able to complete their coursework for Spring 2021 entirely online and maintain their F-1 status. Updates will be coming soon on the courses that are on-campus due to labs, etc. UG students in those courses are expected to come to campus to complete those classes.

If you are a new incoming international student and you decide to come to campus for spring, you will need to confirm that you are enrolled in one “in person” or “hybrid” course to maintain your F-1 status. Please contact International Student and Scholar Services, at if you need assistance.

Graduate Students

Please contact for information about distance learning for your graduate level courses.

ESL Students

English Language Center

A limited number of ESL courses will be offered during Session II 2021 (beginning in March) through a combination of in-person and remote face-to-face instruction. If possible, we may meet in-person up to once a week; this decision will be made by the faculty and students of each course. Because the majority of each course will be held remotely (online), you can enroll and begin classes even if you are not in the U.S. However, you will be required to attend online synchronously (or "live", Spokane time). Our hope is to return to all in-person classes soon. For further questions, about Session II courses and enrollment, please contact Theresa Howlett,

Updated January 11, 2021

The US will not allow entry for most foreign nationals (including F1 students) if you were physically present in one of the following countries within 14 days of travel to the US. Please refer to the State Department website to see an updated list of all countries affected by this order.

Please contact your ISSS advisor if you have questions about this.


English as a Second Language (ESL) and Global Bridge Track students can defer as many times as needed. 

Global Bridge 1 students can defer for up to one academic year, with readmission guaranteed. Gonzaga cannot guarantee scholarships for students who defer. A short application and final transcripts of coursework or exams is required to activate the readmission process. 

Please contact Theresa Howlett or Katie Nollenberger to discuss options for deferring ESL and Global Bridge Track admission.

Please contact Theresa Howlett to discuss options for deferring Global Bridge 1 admission.

Added July 23, 2020

Students who will travel to campus for the Spring 2021 semester will be issued an I-20 for Spring 2021.

Students who are not able to travel to campus for the Spring 2021 semester and, instead, will be studying remotely from home, will be issued an I-20 for Fall 2021. This will allow travel to the US to attend courses in person.

If you have any questions about your I-20 or immigration status, please contact International Student & Scholar Services at

Updated December 04, 2020

Due to COVID-19 related concerns, international student pre-orientation will be hosted online. New international students coming in for Spring 2021 will participate in general student orientation; please take note of events and information from First Year Experience. International students will be provided with links to live pre-orientation Zoom sessions related to immigration, safety, and international student specific information outside of general orientation.

Updated December 16, 2020

Yes. Your Lewermark health insurance covers COVID-19 related care and testing. Information about how to use your student insurance will be part of your online orientation.

If you have any questions, please contact Katuska Kohut at