Pre-Arrival & Orientation

Pre-Arrival Webinars

Welcome to the University of Utah! We hare very excited that you will be joining us!  Pre-Arrival Webinars provide you an opportunity to meet with the Utah Global campus team and learn about how to prepare for your arrival and what to expect when you arrive on campus.

Spring 2022 Pre-Arrival Webinars will be held on November 17, 2021 at 8 A.M. (EST) and December 15, 2021 at 8 A.M. (EST). There will be a presentation and a Question & Answer session.

Frequently Asked Questions

Orientation is an important and mandatory part of your preparation to attend the University of Utah. Missing even one day could result in you missing very important information about your classes, required tasks, and other resources which may result in a delay in your registration. If you have an urgent situation that requires you to miss orientation, please contact studentservices@utahglobal.org.

Academics

Semester Length Classes

Event Date
Classes begin May 17, 2021
Last day to add without a permission code May 21, 2021
Last day to wait list May 21, 2021
Last day to add,drop(delete),elect CR/NC, or audit classes May 26, 2021
Last day to withdraw from classes June 25, 2021
Last day to reverse CR/NC option July 30, 2021
Classes end August 4, 2021
Reading day N/A
Final exam period August 5, 2021 – August 6, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. On-campus & virtual students at the University of Utah can see current grades in Canvas by selecting “Grades” on the left-hand menu within each course.
  2. AC Live-UTA students with courses in UCommons can also see current grades in UCommons by selecting “Grades” on the left-hand menu within each course.
  3. After final grades are posted, students can view Semester & Cumulative GPA by following these steps:
    1. Log into the CIS Menu at cis.utah.edu, click on the “Academic Records” title.
    2. Then click “View Grades”.
    3. Please click on the recently completed term and then click on the “Cumulative GPA” row. You will need to take note of the “Total Units Taken” and the “GPA”.

Image found by clicking “Learn How to Find Your Academic Summary” here: https://advising.utah.edu/academic-standards/gpa-calculator-new.php

Transfer GPA is not included in GPA calculations at the University of Utah; however, previous transfer course grades are included on the official transcripts.

  1. Current course grades seen in Canvas & UCommons are translated to letter grades according to the course grading scale included in the syllabus.
  2. This is a common course grading scale but is not used for all courses:
    Grading Scale
    A 94-100% B-80-82% D+67-69%
    A-90-92% C-77-79% D 63-66%
    B+87-89% C-73-76% D-60-62%
    B-83-86% C-70-72% E 59% or below
  3. Letter grades included on the transcript equate to grade points &here is the University of Utah’s Grade Point Average (GPA) Grading System
    Grade Grade Points Equivalent Credits Quality Point
    A 4.00 3 12.00
    A- 3.70 3 11.10
    B+ 3.30 3 9.90
    B 3.00 2 6.00
    B- 2.70 3 8.10
    C+ 2.30 3 6.90
    C 2.00 1 2.00
    C- 1.70 2 3.40
    D+ 1.30 3 3.90
    D 1.00 4 4.00
    D- 0.70 3 2.10
    F Or IF .00 3 .00
    Total *33 *69.40

A semester’s grade point total is divided by the number of credits to determine GPA. Cumulative GPA is the grand total of grade points divided by grand total of credits for all semesters.

  1. Visit the University of Utah GPA Calculator for help forecasting semester & cumulative GPA
  2. This University of Utah resource also explains how to manually calculate GPA
  • The Credit/Non-Credit grading option allows students to finish a course without the final grade impacting GPA. It must be elected in CIS for each course before the semester deadline.
  • Students get credit for passing—but CR which does not impact GPA is on the transcript instead of a letter grade.
  • Students get no credit for failing—but NC which does not impact GPA is on the transcript instead of E (Fail).
  • Keep in mind: although CR/NC does not impact academic standing, CR may not meet course prerequisites & might prevent students from taking another course.
  • Always meet with Utah Global Academic Advisors or email utgacademics@utah.edu for advice before making the change.
  1. Always start by talking to your instructor about how you are doing in the class – you might be doing better than you think.
  2. Consider the effects of CR/NC for your longer-term academic goals. The Utah Global Academic Advisors & your major advisor are good resources.
  3. Weigh the financial effects of the CR/NC option. If you have a scholarship or receive services on campus, check to see if there are particular requirements for letter grades.
  4. Once these important considerations have been taken into account, make a decision regarding your options on or before the semester deadline.
  • After the Week 1 Drop deadline, students may Withdraw (W) from a class/classes before the deadline (close to midpoint of course).
  • Withdrawing is different from dropping a course because a “W” grade is recorded on the transcript & tuition/fees do not change.
  • The W” grade does not impact GPA; however, too many W grades on the transcript are not good.
  • For international students on an F-1 visa, withdrawals do not count towards full-time student status; that is, the credits for the course in which you withdraw do not count towards the minimum 12 credits necessary for the full-time status required by F-1 visas.
  • ID studentscan withdraw online by:
    1. Logging into Campus Information Services (CIS)
    2. Clicking on Student Homepage
    3. Then select Registration the “Drop Class” link
  • EAP & AAP students must email utgacademics@utah.edu & schedule an appointment with Utah Global Academic Advisors before withdrawing.
  • F-1 visa students must comply with immigration regulations; failure to comply results in “out of status” SEVIS record & invalid F-1 visas.
  • While students are “out of status,” they are not eligible for employment (on/off campus), practical training, I-20 recertification for re-entry to the U.S., and other benefits of F-1 student status.

A common reason students fall “out of status” is failure to take full-time (at least 12) credit hours each semester, which is caused by:

  • W or EU grades that cause students to go below full-time status in the previous semester
  • Taking too many online classes
  • Not registering for enough credits
  • See the International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) website for more information on maintaining status: https://isss.utah.edu/forms-publications/F1-student.php
  1. Determine whether 12 credits will still be enrolled after withdrawing (remember: GLOBL 910 counts as 10 credit hours & GLOBL 920 counts as 6 credit hours)
  2. Understand if the course will need to be repeated (for example: WRTG & GLOBL courses are required to finish the Utah Global program)
  3. Make an appointment with Utah Global Academic Advisors to determine the impact of withdrawing on the degree
  4. If necessary, schedule a phone or Zoom appointment to speak with with an ISSS Advisor by sending an email to appointment@utah.edu

If you know you are going to fail a class, the best option is to check with Utah Global Academic Advisors due to changing F-1 visa requirements.

  • CR/NC for course failure: students receive no credit & GPA is not affected. The GPA calculates based on the other course letter grades.
  • CR/NC for passing course: students receive credit for the course& GPA is not affected. The GPA calculates based on the other course letter grades.
  • By withdrawing, students will not receive credit for the course & semester credit total decreases.
  • Cumulative & semester GPA are protected, but W appears on transcript.
  • If the course is WRTG 1009/2009 or GLOBL 910/920, students need to retake the class.
  • If the course is not required by the major, students would not have to retake the same class.
  • If the course is not required & passing is possible, CR/NC might be a good option.
  • If students are in the U.S. & worry about passing a class, withdrawing might be a good option but still need 12 credits after withdrawing.
  • Always seek advice from an academic advisor before making a decision to change the traditional grading option.
  • It is best to email the professor first to see what is possible
  • Then email the Utah Global Academic Team at utgacademics@utah.edu

High School Transcripts (mark sheets, school records, grades) for secondary school (grades 9-12) with official English translations if the original is not in English & the graduation certificate (diploma) and transcripts for post-secondary transfer credit must be submitted according to these steps:

  • Option 1 – schools can mail official printed transcripts to:
    The University of Utah International Admissions 201 South 1460 East, Room 250 Salt Lake City, UT 84112 USA
  • Option 2 – schools can send official electronic transcript to admisstranscripts@utah.edu through these providers:
    National Student Clearing House, Credentials Solutions, Parchment/Naviance, eScrip-Safe, Scoir
  • After official transcripts are received by the University of Utah’s International Admissions Office, reviewing transcripts can take ~2 weeks – several months depending on how busy the office is.
  • Students can determine if transcripts have been received & deemed official by logging into CIS–if students have an Admissions Credentials hold (go to Student Homepage < Tasks), transcripts have not been received/are not official. Transcript status can be identified by selecting the hold & following the links.
  • Students are also able to identify if transfer credits have been accepted after review by completing a “Degree Audit” in CIS following the steps detailed here: https://degreeaudit.utah.edu/audits.php
  • If some but not all credits are posted, the student may have requested official transcripts before all final grades were posted & will need to request official transcripts again.
  • If transfer courses fulfilling General Education requirements are not included on the transcript, the student will need to send the following to utgacademics@utah.edu:

    1. The course description from the catalog of the previous school(s)
    2. The syllabus from the class/classes in question

Grades are posted to transcript for all credit & non-credit courses, but academic performance impacts when students complete the Utah Global program & matriculate into the university.

GLOBL 910 is a non-credit class; however, students in the EAP program take a mix of credit & non-credit courses their first two semesters.

  • Students indicate a preferred major when they are admitted to the Utah Global program.
  • For ID students, Utah Global connects students with their major advisors in the first semester.
  • For EAP & APP students, Utah Global Academic Advisors focus efforts on helping students progress by completing required courses & achieving the 2.5 cumulative GPA requirements.
  • In EAP & AAP students’ final semester before matriculating, they will be required to meet with a major advisor to ensure pre-major courses are completed and to discuss the process of applying to the major.
  • For students currently in AC Live, no: Program Coordinators are the best contact for students. Additionally, students should not reach out to major advisors before meeting with Utah Global Academic Advisors.
  • For students currently on campus or virtual, yes: Utah Global Academic Advisors are the best source of information.

No: non-credit courses do not affect GPA; however, non-credit courses are included on students’ official transcripts. Additionally, EAP & AAP students must pass non-credit courses to progress into the next semester of study.

When students meet with Utah Global Academic Advisors to begin discussing the next semester’s schedule, they will factor in things like current grades & whether or not it is the student’s best interest to retake a class.

  • Utah Global students’ majors are intended majors which haven’t been declared.
  • Students do not update intended major because all students–international & domestic–must apply to their major.
  • This cannot be done until students complete all of the pre-major requirements which normally happens in the second year after completing Utah Global.
  • Current EAP & AAP students do not discuss scheduling pre-major courses for the preferred major until their final semester of the Utah Global program.
  • Current ID student enroll in both General Education & pre-major requirements for the major they are interested in.
  • Students should not meet with major advisors until after meeting with Utah Global Academic Advisors to avoid confusion & future problems applying to the major.

When students meet with Utah Global Academic Advisors to begin discussing the next semester’s schedule, they will factor in things like current grades & whether or not it is the student’s best interest to retake a class.

  • Utah Global students’ majors are intended majors which haven’t been declared.
  • Students do not update intended major because all students–international & domestic–must apply to their major.
  • This cannot be done until students complete all of the pre-major requirements which normally happens in the second year after completing Utah Global.
  • Current EAP & AAP students do not discuss scheduling pre-major courses for the preferred major until their final semester of the Utah Global program.
  • Current ID student enroll in both General Education & pre-major requirements for the major they are interested in.
  • Students should not meet with major advisors until after meeting with Utah Global Academic Advisors to avoid confusion & future problems applying to the major.

Immunization

Immunization & Tuberculosis Requirements Policy

Students who attend the University of Utah are required to be fully vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). The university is also requiring a COVID-19 vaccination. To be compliant with the vaccine requirement you must demonstrate:

MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)

  • That you received two MMR vaccinations – after your first birthday and at least 28 days apart, or
  • Results of a blood test (called a titer) providing measles, mumps, and rubella immunity, or
  • Indicate a medical, religious, or personal exemption.

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • That you are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, or
  • Indicate a medical, religious, or personal exemption.
  • The University accepts the FDA approved Pfizer vaccine as well as certain other COVID vaccines (Moderna, Johnson & Johnson).
  • Fully vaccinated means 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson.
  • Vaccines obtained outside the U.S. are accepted, provided they have been approved by the World Health Organization.

Tuberculosis Testing

All international students will be screened for tuberculosis (TB) if your home country has a high rate of tuberculosis. The test is given at the Student Health Center; the cost is $40.00 (Quantiferon Gold Blood Test). With Student Insurance the cost is a $15 copay. Depending upon the results of this test, you may need additional testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Retrieve past immunization records including your COVID vaccination card and upload them to your Student Health Portal. These are official forms that will verify your immunizations like:

    • Statement or photocopy of records from doctor/health care provider
    • State or international immunization records of vaccinations
    • Documentation of measles, mumps, or rubella blood test(s)/titer(s) showing immunity

 

If verification from any of the above sources is unavailable, or you still need another MMR or COVID-19 vaccination, then you will need to do the following:

    • Receive the MMR or COVID-19 vaccination at the Student Health Center (By Appointment only: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Note: Clinic is closed on Wednesdays, 12-2 p.m.)
    • Cost: $87.00 per injection for the MMR.
    • The COVID-19 vaccination is FREE.

 

To comply with TB, login to your Student Health Portal and fill out the “TB Risk Assessment”. Check back a few days later and Kerry Hill will notify you via message to confirm if you need to schedule an appointment to get tested for TB.

  1. Login to the Student Health Portal. If this is your first time, click on “Sign Up”
  2. From the Home Page click on “Immunization”
  3. Input your information that is “Required”, afterwards, click the “Submit” button.
  4. Next, return to the Home Page and click the “Upload” tab.
  5. Upload your documents by indicating which “Type” of document you will be uploading. *Make sure that the file you are uploading is clean and clear.
  6. Hit submit and you are done!

 

The Student Health Center will review your documents and information, afterwards they will send an email to your University Student Email if they need additional information or have questions. Please check your student emails!

  1. Login to the Student Health Portal. If it is your first time click on “Sign Up”.
  2. From the Home Page click on the “Forms” tab.
  3. From there complete the “TB Risk Assessment” and you are done!

 

Once submitted the Student Health Center will review your assessment and notify you via your University Student Email if you need to schedule a TB test. Please check your Student email!

Currently these are:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm BIBP
  • Sinovac

All Require 2 doses. If you did not complete the series prior to coming to the U.S., you should receive a full series of the vaccines available in the U.S. to be compliant which includes:

  • Pfizer (Available On-Campus)
  • Moderna (Available On-Campus)
  • Johnson & Johnson

*Other international vaccines will not be accepted and students are encouraged to seek out a vaccine that qualifies for the requirement.

Pursuant to Utah Law, students may indicate a medical, religious or personal exemption from receiving mandatory vaccines. Reasons for medical exemptions vary by the vaccine and require a note from a healthcare provider.

If you wish to indicate an exemption, please click here.

Students who do not comply by either showing that they have received the vaccines or indicating an exemption will have a “hold” placed on their record that will prevent registration for future classes.

We ask that students complete this prior to arriving or during orientation but no later than 30 days. Students who wait later will be at risk of receiving a hold on their student account preventing them from registering for the next semester.

The Student Health Center is funded in part by your student fees. This allows them to provide you with specialized care and to charge less for the majority of their services. Fees are charged for most of their medical care services. Many health promotion services are free. The fees are typically 30% – 50% less than other clinics in the community.

 

All Immunizations are covered by health insurance, however, a small co-pay is required at the time the immunization is delivered ($15-$20)

 

Students who are charged with additional costs incurred by immunizations must file a “claim” with the insurance company. More information about this can be found in the Student Health Services section.

Contact the Immunization Program Office at 801-581-5804, FAX 801-585-5294, or email Kerry.hill@shs.utah.edu or write to:

 

Kerry Hill

Immunization Program Manager

Immunization Program Office

University of Utah

Student Health Service

Madsen Health Center, Level 1

555 Foothill Boulevard

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-1105

COVID-19

COVID-19 at the University of Utah

Student who attend the University of Utah are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and our campus community. As a reminder, people are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. While very uncommon, vaccinated individuals can still get a coronavirus infection, but are more likely to have mild or no symptoms. To take specific actions as coronavirus transmission rates rise in the Salt Lake Valley please do the following:

Vaccination Information

Vaccination Requirement

  • Students who attend the University of Utah are required to be fully vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). With the full FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the university is also requiring COVID-19 vaccination.

 

How to Receive the Vaccine

If you are ready to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you have two convenient options:

  • Attend one of the regularly-scheduled vaccine events at the Student Union on Campus times can be found under “Vaccination Events at the Student Union: Saltair Room” here.
  • For U of U students – You can schedule an appoint with Student Health Services here.

Asymptomatic Coronavirus Tests

Free asymptomatic testing is available to all students as they return to campus, and coronavirus tests are required for students living in university housing at move-in.  Those who are vaccinated may also sign up for asymptomatic testing in case of exposure.

Follow CDC Guidelines

Follow CDC guidelines regarding face masks, which now call for everyone to wear face masks indoors. Faculty, student, and staff leaders are encouraged to model the vaccination, testing, and masking behaviors we want to see in our campus community.

More information about masking guidelines can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently these are:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm BIBP
  • Sinovac

All Require 2 doses. If you did not complete the series prior to coming to the U.S., you should receive a full series of the vaccines available in the U.S. to be compliant which includes:

  • Pfizer (Available On-Campus)
  • Moderna (Available On-Campus)
  • Johnson & Johnson

*Other international vaccines will not be accepted and students are encouraged to seek out a vaccine that qualifies for the requirement.

Pursuant to Utah Law, students may indicate a medical, religious or personal exemption from receiving mandatory vaccines. Reasons for medical exemptions vary by the vaccine and require a note from a healthcare provider.

If you wish to indicate an exemption, please click here.

Students who are were in close contact with an infected person should follow the guidance found here.

The University of Utah adheres to House Bill 233 Education Immunization Modifications Bill passed by the 2021 Utah Legislature. Students who seek an exemption to the vaccine mandate will not be removed from on-campus or prevented from attending classes. The university continues to strongly recommend wearing face coverings when indoors, and weekly COVID-19 asymptomatic testing is available to all students free of charge.

Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and getting Asymptomatic Testing is free of charge to students at the University of Utah.

Contact the Immunization Program Office at 801-581-5804, FAX 801-585-5294, or email Kerry.hill@shs.utah.edu or write to:

 

Kerry Hill

Immunization Program Manager

Immunization Program Office

University of Utah

Student Health Service

Madsen Health Center, Level 1

555 Foothill Boulevard

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-1105

Immigration

Immigration

During your stay in the United States in F-1 status, you are subject to many complex immigration law and regulations that relate to your legal status here. International Student Advisors at the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office are available to assist you and answer your questions about your immigration status, but it is your responsibility to know and abide by the law in order to maintain valid legal status. It is to your benefit to make sure to maintain legal status throughout the duration of your stay in the United States.  

Inside the U.S Checklist (International Direct Only)

Upon arriving to campus, International Direct students must complete this additional checklist. This online checklist will collect your personal information and also provide you with helpful instructions and student resources. Failure to complete this checklist will result in a registration hold on your student record that prevents you from registering for classes.

Post-Arrival Check In (All Students)

This check in is only for students who will be inside the U.S. this semester, and should be completed AFTER you enter the U.S. No later than 15 days after you arrive. If you will study from outside the U.S this semester through AC Live, you do not need to complete this form.  

Failure to complete the entire Post-Arrival Check In may result in a hold on your student record that prevents your from registering for classes and SEVIS TERMINATION. If your SEVIS record is terminated, you will have to take immediate action to either reinstate your visa or leave the United States.  

If you have any questions, please contact international-welcome@utah.edu  

Immigration Advising

Any immigration questions must be brought to an advisor in the ISSS office. The ISSS office allows students to meet with advisors on an appointment basis. Appointments are for 30 minutes and are available during mornings and afternoons Monday through Friday. The front desk staff can often answer simple questions, but more complex situations will require an appointment 

To make an appointment, please contact their office at 801-581-8876 or international@utah.edu. You will be asked to give a brief overview of what you would like to discuss at the appointment. Please advise them that you are a Utah Global student. 

Please arrive on time for your appointment. Students who arrive late (15 minutes or more) for their scheduled appointment time will be asked to reschedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to submit a “Continuing Student Initial I-20 Request” through the International Student & Scholar Services Office.  

 

How Do I Request This I-20? 

1.  You will need to log into UAtlas and submit the e-form “Continuing Student Initial I-20″.

2. You will need to indicate the reason for your request: Category 1: If you Started a Program of Study Online Outside the U.S. and Are Now

 Seeking to Enter the U.S. to Continue your Studies In-Person. 

3. If you are already outside the U.S., ignore the question about your U.S. departure date. For “Date of Arrival” in the U.S., please put the semester start date for the semester you will begin your in-person studies in the U.S. The start dates can be found here: Academic Calendars

*Note: You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the semester start date. 

4. Upload Proof of Funding Documents and Affidavit of Support (More information below) 

– After you submit the request, the I-20 should be issued within 5 to 10 business days. Please check your Student Emails! 

5. Once you receive your I-20 please reach out to your Program Coordinator to assist you with your VISA: 

 

(Students in China) Alicia Liu: alicia.liu@shorelight.com 

(Students Outside of China) Hina Sharma: hina.sharma@shorelight.com 

Financial Documents

– A financial (bank) statement or certificate of deposit letter must show a minimum of or the equivalent in foreign currency. The funds must be liquid, and the statement issue date must be within the last six months.

Affidavit of Support

– If the financial document is not in your name then you will need to have the account holder fill out the Affidavit of Support and upload it in the e-form. 

– (If Applicable) Some bank statements especially from China might contain “Maturity Dates” – Frozen Day or Cannot Access Funds until the date. If the maturity date is listed after the first day of class the university cannot use that as proof since funds need to be accessible before the start of the semester.  

– If the financial document is not in your name then you will need to have the account holder fill out the Affidavit of Support and upload it in the e-form.  

You will need to submit a “Continuing Student Initial I-20 Request” through the International Student & Scholar Services Office.  

 

How Do I Request This I-20? 

1.  You will need to log into UAtlas and submit the e-form “Continuing Student Initial I-20″.

2. You will need to indicate the reason for your request: Category 1: If you Started a Program of Study Online Outside the U.S. and Are Now

 Seeking to Enter the U.S. to Continue your Studies In-Person. 

3. If you are already outside the U.S., ignore the question about your U.S. departure date. For “Date of Arrival” in the U.S., please put the semester start date for the semester you will begin your in-person studies in the U.S. The start dates can be found here: Academic Calendars

*Note: You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the semester start date. 

4. Upload Proof of Funding Documents and Affidavit of Support (More information below) 

– After you submit the request, the I-20 should be issued within 5 to 10 business days. Please check your Student Emails! 

5. Once you receive your I-20 please reach out to your Program Coordinator to assist you with your VISA: 

 

(Students in China) Alicia Liu: alicia.liu@shorelight.com 

(Students Outside of China) Hina Sharma: hina.sharma@shorelight.com 

Financial Documents

– A financial (bank) statement or certificate of deposit letter must show a minimum of or the equivalent in foreign currency. The funds must be liquid, and the statement issue date must be within the last six months.

Affidavit of Support

– If the financial document is not in your name then you will need to have the account holder fill out the Affidavit of Support and upload it in the e-form. 

– (If Applicable) Some bank statements especially from China might contain “Maturity Dates” – Frozen Day or Cannot Access Funds until the date. If the maturity date is listed after the first day of class the university cannot use that as proof since funds need to be accessible before the start of the semester.  

– If the financial document is not in your name then you will need to have the account holder fill out the Affidavit of Support and upload it in the e-form.  

You will need to submit a “Continuing Student Initial I-20 Request” through the International Student & Scholar Services Office.  

 

How Do I Request This I-20? 

1.  You will need to log into UAtlas and submit the e-form “Continuing Student Initial I-20″.

2. You will need to indicate the reason for your request: Category 1: If you Started a Program of Study Online Outside the U.S. and Are Now

 Seeking to Enter the U.S. to Continue your Studies In-Person. 

3. If you are already outside the U.S., ignore the question about your U.S. departure date. For “Date of Arrival” in the U.S., please put the semester start date for the semester you will begin your in-person studies in the U.S. The start dates can be found here: Academic Calendars

*Note: You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the semester start date. 

4. Upload Proof of Funding Documents and Affidavit of Support (More information below) 

– After you submit the request, the I-20 should be issued within 5 to 10 business days. Please check your Student Emails! 

5. Once you receive your I-20 please reach out to your Program Coordinator to assist you with your VISA: 

 

(Students in China) Alicia Liu: alicia.liu@shorelight.com 

(Students Outside of China) Hina Sharma: hina.sharma@shorelight.com 

Financial Documents

– A financial (bank) statement or certificate of deposit letter must show a minimum of or the equivalent in foreign currency. The funds must be liquid, and the statement issue date must be within the last six months.

Affidavit of Support

– If the financial document is not in your name then you will need to have the account holder fill out the Affidavit of Support and upload it in the e-form. 

– (If Applicable) Some bank statements especially from China might contain “Maturity Dates” – Frozen Day or Cannot Access Funds until the date. If the maturity date is listed after the first day of class the university cannot use that as proof since funds need to be accessible before the start of the semester.  

– If the financial document is not in your name then you will need to have the account holder fill out the Affidavit of Support and upload it in the e-form.  

Failure to complete the entire Post-Arrival Check In may result in a hold on your student record that prevents you from registering for your classes and SEVIS TERMINATION. If your SEVIS record is terminated, you will have to take immediate action to either reinstate your visa or leave the United States.  

If you have any questions please contact international-welcome@utah.edu

You may apply for a social security number ONLY if you have been offered a job on-campus or if you have been granted practical training (CPT or OPT) employment authorization (keep in mind that practical training options are generally not available to new students). An SSN will be given to you for employment purposes only, NOT for purposes such as applying for credit cards, renting an apartment, etc. 

Student Health

Student Health On Campus

 Utah Global wants to ensure that you fully understand the various Health Resources available to you while in the program.

Routine Medical Care

Health clinics, like the Student Health Center, take care of most medical problems and injuries. You will be required to make an appointment in order to be seen by a health care provider. To make an appointment, you can call at 801-581-6431 or schedule an appointment online. This clinic is in the Madsen Health Center located at 555 Foothill Drive.

Urgent Care

If the Student Health Center is closed and you need to see someone for a non-life-threatening problem or injury the best place for you to go is the Urgent Care at University of Utah Hospital that is open 7 days a week from 8 AM – 7:30 PM.  You do not need to make an appointment for urgent care, and the clinic is located at 50 N Medical Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84123, you can also get directions here.

Life-Threatening Medical Problems or Injuries

Emergency rooms in hospitals are only for major life-threatening medical problems or injuries, such as severe chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, vomiting, uncontrolled bleeding, pain, or injury. If you are unsure of whether you are having a life-threatening medical emergency, go to the emergency room or call 911 for help. The closest emergency room to campus is the Emergency Room (ER) – University of Utah Hospital located at 50 N. Medical Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84132 or you can get directions here.

Utah Global Student Health Insurance Plan

Utah Global is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Wellfleet Student and University Health Plans (UHP) to provide health insurance coverage for our students. The Utah Global Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) provides substantial benefits for covered medical expenses at a reasonable cost.

Understanding U.S. Health Insurance

Please note, health insurance in the United States is different than in other countries. We urge you to review the “Understanding US Health Insurance” guide located below.

Participating Health Care Providers & Pharmacies

You are encouraged to choose a provider within the Cigna Network. These providers apply network benefits to their services therefore reducing any out-of-pocket costs to you. Below you can find a list of participating providers and pharmacies.

Understanding Mental Health & Resources Available

As a college student, you may be experiencing a few obstacles that can be very impactful to your mental health, things may include difficulties with isolation or loneliness, making new friends, going on dates, or studying for exam. For international students, missing home (homesickness) or experiencing culture shock can greatly impact your goals and dreams. It is important to understand that these feelings are real and in the U.S. it is important and normal to ask for help. Below you will find a few resources that may help you while studying with Utah Global and after completing the program.

Mental Health First Responders

The Mental Health First Responders (MH1) are a FREE, mobile after-hours crisis support resource for students living in Housing & Residential Education (HRE) halls. No matter the crisis whether that be feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, or having suicidal thoughts, their licensed mental health crisis responders are there to help.

You do not have to be in a crisis to use their services. They are here to lend an ear, offer a shoulder, and provide perspective if needed. They are also here to help if you are worried about a loved one or a friend who is struggling.

They are open 7 days a week from 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM located in Kahlert Village RM. 1330. You can give them a call at 385-321-5356 or fill out a contact form below.

Advice for International Students

If you would like to read more about mental health and advice for international students regarding mental health and wellness, we highly recommend you give this article a read. It provides great insights from international students as well as advice and additional resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the instructions below to obtain your Insurance Card.

Tip: When you input your Student I.D Number, replace the “u” with a Zero

Yes. All international students are required to maintain medical insurance. Enrollment is mandatory for all International Students with a current passport and student Visa (F-1) who are temporarily located outside their home country and are actively engaged in education.

Yes. If you are scheduling an appointment with a provider, you should present your insurance I.D card.

If you see a provider who is not part of the Cigna network, you will have to pay more out of your own pocket and will be responsible for any applicable co-insurance and any amount above the usual and customary fee for providers. It is to your advantage to see an in-network provider to maximize your benefits.

If you visit an in-network Cigna provider, the provider MUST file a medical claim on your behalf. In the event that the provider is out-of-network and does not submit a claim for you, you will need a claim form to submit for payment. You will need to fill out a claim form if your pharmacy or provider bills you directly and you pay out of pocket at the time of service. You can find the claim form below.

Please refer to all benefits in your student health insurance plan document found below. If you still need assistance, please refer below for contact information.

 

*When calling or emailing, please be sure to advise you are a Utah Global student*

Phone: 877-657-5030

Email: info@univhealthplans.com

Payment & Finance

Frequently Asked Questions

      • EAP & AAP students who will not complete Utah Global during Spring semester cannot take a break – this is not permitted for any non-matriculated student by university policy.
      • Update: EAP & AAP students who complete Utah Global during Spring semester can take a break.
      • All students – including ID – should complete the Utah Global program without any break to maintain their English comprehension & academic habits.

Yes: all current ACL UMB students (except Track 4 PSE) should enroll on campus or through ACL UTA for the Summer 2021 semester.

      • Yes: all AC Live students who complete progression requirements will matriculate at the University of Utah & may enroll or take a break for the Summer 2021 semester.
      • All AC Live students must enroll in the subsequent Fall or Spring semester.

ACL UTA course offerings are more beneficial for EAP 3 students, so these students should enroll in ACL UTA for the Summer 2021 semester in order to matriculate.

      • Students can choose to come to campus or in ACL-Utah (Utah Live)
      • Students with too many PS credits who cannot benefit from ACL-Utah course offering will work with Academic Director to determine if student qualifies for virtual start

This is not guaranteed & will be determined by the University of Utah Office of Admissions who will holistically review the student’s previous application & performance at UMB.

Utah Live is available to all new students who are not able to arrive on campus, as well as those transitioning from ACL UMB.