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International and Exchange Students

“I’ve been in America for nearly five months and spent such a wonderful time here. My host family is amazing and I always think that I got the best host family in the world. Gonzaga Prep is a warm and positive community. Everybody at Gonzaga Prep is trying to help each other a lot. I am so appreciative to be part of the community.” - Current student from China

Read Xiaohan Guo's testimony here. Xiaohan is a 2017 graduate who is currently attending UCLA. 



Thank you for your interest in Gonzaga Preparatory School! We are now partnering with a new agency for the 2023-24 school year and will update this page soon! Please email the Admissions Office at [email protected] with any questions.

Gonzaga Prep admits a limited number of international and exchange students on a space-available basis for 9th and 10th grade years. Students are accepted for the beginning of the school year (August/early September), and we generally do not admit international students mid-year. International students applying to enter as 11th graders must have attended another high school in the United States for a full year, otherwise, 10th grade entry is recommended.



All international and exchange students must secure placement with a homestay family. Please bear with us as we are transitioning to a new agency for the 2023-24 school year that will manage homestay placement.



Are you interested in welcoming a Gonzaga Prep international student into your home? This experience allows your family to experience a new culture, as well as allow you to see Spokane through the eyes of a visitor. We are grateful for our homestay families, as it allows Gonzaga Prep to expand our diversity efforts.

All host families receive a stipend to host students, which helps cover the cost of basic expenses of having another person in your household. All families are vetted and must meet certain criteria.

What other host parents are saying:
“Having an international student from China has been very rewarding. We had a great support system with our coordinator and hosting will leave a life-long impact. It was great to teach our student about our culture and to learn about her culture. This opportunity was a great experience and has enriched our lives. Hosting our student gave us an opportunity to develop compassion and another person to love.” - Host mother, January 2018

“It has been a great experience! Our international student is engaging, fun, polite, helpful, and very diligent in his school work. He also helps a lot with cooking. He has taught me some fabulous Chinese recipes. I have enjoyed learning too about school in China and who he is as a conscientious, caring young man with ambitions for a higher education and to help his family in China.” - Host mother, January 2018


Please inform Gonzaga Prep's Admissions Department by emailing us at [email protected]


If you have additional questions, or to begin the application process, please contact [email protected]