International Students FAQ


Returning UG students are able to complete their coursework for Fall 2020 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 fall, 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.


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


English Language Center

At this time our plan for Fall, Session I and Session II ESL courses is that they will offered 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. We will continue to look into this possibility for Session II, but we cannot yet to commit to that. (Updated July, 22, 2020)

Note that in line with Gonzaga policy for fall 2020, during the last two weeks of the semester, all courses and final exams will be held remotely (Monday November 30 - Friday, December 18).

Updated August 10, 2020

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.

Updated August 10, 2020

Students will be able to arrange airport pick up with Gonzaga’s Center for Global Engagement. Students will be met at the airport and transported by a Gonzaga van to campus or to their off-campus residences. Due to cleaning procedures for the pandemic only 2 to 3 students will be allowed in a van at a time. Pick-ups must be scheduled with ISSS at least two weeks prior to arrival in Spokane. To arrange an airport pickup, please contact your ISSS advisor or email

Updated August 10, 2020

14-Day Quarantine at Home: As COVID-19 cases increase dramatically across the country and numbers climb in Spokane County, it is imperative to do your best prior to resuming classes and activities on campus. Accordingly, GU is asking you to quarantine at home for 14 days before your arrival to campus. You must be extra vigilant and employ COVID-19 public health measures (stay home, wear cloth face coverings, limit contact with other people, physical distancing, no attendance at large gatherings or parties, etc.). This preparation can make a SIGNIFICANT difference in mitigating the potential spread of COVID-19 on our campus and is an important part of keeping others healthy as we come back together again.

If you are feeling ill, have COVID-19 related symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should NOT come to campus. You should be tested and self-isolate until receiving the results of the test. You may work with your advisor to create a return plan that keeps you on your academic track (on-campus students can also connect with Housing & Residence Life staff)

Updated August 10, 2020

Updated August 10, 2020

Yes, the university will work with students who need a late arrival due to visa or international travel restrictions.

Please contact for more information.


You may still be able to complete your fall semester coursework, as most courses will be offered through distance learning as well, and some courses will be offered exclusively online. Please contact your advisor to explore if distance delivery will work for your class schedule. If you are unable to attend via distance delivery, students may defer admission for a semester or one academic year. Learn more about the deferment process.

For graduate level international students, please contact for information about distance learning for your graduate level courses.

Updated August 10, 2020

Updated August 10, 2020

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 Fall 2020 semester will be issued an I-20 for Fall 2020.

Students who are not able to travel to campus for the Fall 2020 semester and, instead, will be studying remotely from home, will be issued an I-20 for Spring 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


Yes. Any students who cross an international border (by any means, including plane, train, car, bus, etc.) in order to arrive on campus for classes (for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020) are required to participate in a two-week quarantine.

Students who plan to live on campus can arrive as early as August 13 in order to complete quarantine prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Students who have off-campus housing for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 must complete their quarantine off campus.

Updated July 31, 2020

Students will be able to order through our college dorm outfitting program provided by the Parent & Family Relations Office. Simply select the items needed and they will be delivered to your residence hall.



You will be able to contact Plant & Construction Services to make an appointment to retrieve your belongings after your two-week quarantine.

To make your appointment please call Plant & Construction Services at (509) 313-5656. They will inform you of how many items/boxes you have, and you will need to plan your transportation accordingly.

Updated July 31, 2020

Due to COVID-19 related concerns, and the mandatory 2-week quarantine for Fall 2020 orientation will be hosted online. New international students coming in for Fall 2020 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 August 10, 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 Britt Harmon at