Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

International Profile

foundation for the future

Numerous facts and figures attest to the value of a Gonzaga education: exceptional acceptance rates into prestigious graduate programs, including medical and law schools; one of the highest CPA exam pass rates in the nation; job placement in corporations such as Microsoft, Boeing, Nike, and Amazon; and consistently glowing reviews in national publications such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges.

Gonzaga is committed to educating the whole person. Our core curriculum encourages all students to engage in interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking, and self-reflection. The core includes first-year and senior seminars as well as courses in philosophy, religious studies, writing, science, the humanities, social justice, global studies, and fine arts. Multilingual courses that integrate international and domestic students are available as part of the core. Ultimately, the core challenges students to integrate their studies and actions into a philosophy of living that promotes a lifetime of learning.

Gonzaga is a comprehensive liberal arts university that offers English as a Second Language courses, a Global Bridge pathway program, and degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, law, and doctoral levels. Gonzaga’s 5,304 undergraduates choose from 56 majors, 61 minors, and 50 concentrations to reach their academic dreams. Ranking #1 among the West’s regional universities for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, Gonzaga has an average class size of 24 students, which allows our dedicated faculty to closely mentor and support students in the classroom. Distinctive opportunities include the Comprehensive Leadership Program, a simulated stock exchange finance lab, engineering work-experience projects, and facilitated networking opportunities both locally and nationwide.

The Gonzaga experience
Gonzaga requires first-year and sophomore students to live on campus in one of 20 residence halls and apartment buildings. Residence Life is the foundation upon which Gonzaga’sstrong sense of community is built. International students are encouraged tolive in Coughlin Hall, a living-learning community where international and domestic students on the Global Citizenship floor experience and learn about cultures, languages, and religions different from their own. Juniors and seniors may live on campus or in the surrounding neighborhood. The John J. Hemmingson Center houses multiple dining services, the Center for Global Engagement, the Center for Community Engagement, Unity Multicultural Education Center, the Payne Center for Leadership Development, Gonzaga Outdoors, study and recreational lounges, and student club offices.

Student life
Campus life is an exciting and adventurous blend of meeting the challenges brought on by maintaining a rigorous academic schedule while fully embracing the vibrant social atmosphere of spending time with close friends. Campus life includes the opportunity to participate in GU’s 130 student clubs and organizations. Activities are available in areas such as music, theater, cultural clubs, community service, student government, Division I athletics, and club and intramural sports. Whether traveling as part of Gonzaga’s nationally recognized debate and mock trial programs, planning the annual Intercultural Student Union dinner, or writing for GU’s weekly newspaper, students always find they have the opportunity to showcase creativity and leadership outside the classroom. The Gonzaga Student Body Association also sponsors numerous events throughout the year, including dances, ski weekends, boat cruises, and much more. The Martin Centre offers racquetball, basketball, an indoor running track, a swimming pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility open to all students.

Scholarship opportunities
Merit-based scholarships are offered to international students without consideration of financial need. Students are automatically considered for these merit scholarships when they apply for admission. The Global Diversity Scholarship is specifically for international students and, like a handful of other scholarship opportunities, requires a separate application. Please visit gonzaga.edu/ischolarships to learn more.

Rankings: Gonzaga University is ranked the #4 “Best Regional University in the West” in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings. In addition, the School of Engineering and Applied Science is ranked the 18th-best undergraduate Engineering program nationwide.

Gonzaga’s Global Bridge Program: Students who do not currently meet Gonzaga’s English-language proficiency requirements (80+ TOEFL iBT, 6+ IELTS) can still be admitted to Gonzaga through the Global Bridge program. The program provides comprehensive academic, language, and cultural support to international students as they transition into their degree programs. The first level of the program enables students to improve their English proficiency while earning 12 undergraduate credits at a highly discounted tuition rate. Gonzaga also offers one of the best academic ESL programs in the nation. Please contact iadmissions@gonzaga.edu for more information.


In the heart of the Inland Northwest, with over 722,000 residents, the Spokane, Washington, area provides numerous business and technical internships as well as cultural and artistic activities. Campus is a 15-minute walk along the Spokane River from downtown, offering a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment choices. Our location provides four seasons  of fun, with easy access to dozens of lakes, several ski resorts, and other outdoor adventures.


Type of school: Private Jesuit university

Size of campus: 615,122 square meters

Number of students: 7,563

Number of faculty: 455

Colleges, programs, and degrees: Gonzaga consists of five undergraduate schools and several graduate programs. Complementing the College of Arts and Sciences are the Schools of Business Administration; Education; Engineering and Applied Science; Law; Leadership Studies; and Nursing and Human Physiology. Gonzaga offers 18 undergraduate degrees through 56 majors, 61 minors, and 50 concentrations; 16 master’s degrees; and five doctoral-level degrees.

Geographic diversity: 2% international students from 40 countries (all program levels); 25% multicultural diversity

international student services: Full orientation program, Intercultural Student Union, airport pickup, immigration and academic advising, international student activity program, career services, internships, etc.

International Student Budget: (2019–2020)
Tuition and Fees $44,280
Room and Board $12,330
Books and Supplies $1,000
Medical and Accident Insurance $1,300
Total $58,910

Financial aid: International students (undergraduate and graduate) are automatically considered for merit scholarships when they apply for admission. International merit scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in their academics and extracurricular activities. Undergraduate merit scholarships range from $9,000–$22,000 per year. Additional awards, such as Gonzaga’s Global Diversity Scholarship, require a separate application.

Test score requirements: One of the following scores is required: TOEFL: 80 iBT; IELTS: 6; SAT (EBRW+M): 1150 (score not required for international applicants); ACT: 23 (score not required for international applicants); applicants with a TOEFL score of 72–79 or 5.5 IELTS may qualify for Gonzaga’s Global Bridge program.

Application deadlines and fees:
Application fee waived; please contact iadmissions@gonzaga.edu for international student application fee waiver instructions.

First-Year Students        
Priority—fall:  n/a                 
Fall: December 1*        
Spring: November 15        

Priority—fall: March 1
Fall: June 1
Spring: November 15

* Late consideration deadline for Fall is February 1.

Deposits and fees: A $400 confirmation deposit is required to secure your place in the class and initiate your course registration. 

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