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.

Fall 2022 Pre-Arrival Webinars will be held on Wednesday July 20, 2022 at 8:00 AM (EST) and Wednesday August 3, 2022 at 8:00 AM (EST). Register now to learn more about the benefits of Utah Global, review the Pre-Arrival Checklist, and understand the next steps you need to take prior to classes beginning in Fall.

 

Pre-Arrival Webinar #1 – Wednesday, July 20th, 8am (EST) – CLOSED

    • Meet The Team
    • Getting to Know Your Campus & City
    • Helpful Reminders
    • What to Expect Academically

 

Pre-Arrival Webinar #2 – Monday, August 3rd 8pm (EST)CLOSED

    • Meet The Team
    • Orientation, Transportation and Check-In
    • Utah Global Housing
Please keep in mind the time zone/difference.

Pre-Arrival Emails

All students start receiving pre-arrival emails when they are accepted to Utah Global. These emails contain important information about orientation and preparing for arrival to campus.

Pay close attention to these emails as you will be responsible for reading and understanding the information that they contain.

Utah Global Orientation Fall 2022 Schedule PDF

Utah Global Orientation Check-In
A. Ray Olpin Union Building – Saltair Room
200 S. Central Campus Drive, SLC, UT 84112

We offer airport pick-up services, free of charge, to students who arrive on move in day (Monday, August 15th).

Early Arrival Pick-Up will be available via Lyft Service.  Please message Student Services in Pronto when you arrive at the airport.

Friday, August 12th from 9am to 9pm (MST)
Saturday, August 13th from 9am to 9pm (MST)
Sunday, August 14th from 9am to 9pm (MST)

Monday, August 15th from 5:30pm to 12:00am Lyft Service will be available. Please message Student Services in Pronto when you arrive at the airport.

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.

Students wo are arriving on an F-1 Visa are permitted to arrive into the United States up to 30 days prior to the start of their program as listed on their form I-20. Please make sure you visit the Before You Arrive Page to submit your arrival details.

Students living in Utah Global Housing must wait until Move in Day. Move in dates can be found here. If you arrive early we recommend the following hotels that are very close to campus!

Yes, every student coming through Utah Global is required to complete both an English Proficiency test and Math Placement Test. The tests results are used to ensure you are in the program track that best supports your needs.  Placement Testing MUST be done before you arrive.

Class schedules will be assigned during your orientation. Remember to complete your English and Math placement exams!

Make sure that you carefully follow the steps on the Before You Arrive page. If you have followed all of the steps there and are still having trouble, most likely what you are experiencing is something that only University Information Technology (UIT) can fix. Please go to https://it.utah.edu/help/

You can either speak to Help Desk Agent at 801-581-4000 or send them an email at helpdesk@utah.edu 

We offer airport pick-up services, free of charge, to students who arrive on move in day (please see Airport Arrival and Transportation).

Fall 2022 Students –
We will be offering transportation services to students who arrive to Salt Lake City, starting on August 10th.  Utah Global will provide one complimentary ride from the airport to your hotel or from hotel to campus on August 15th.  If you require pick-up service, you will still be required to complete the Arrival Details and contact Utah Global at 801-477-4281‬ when you require your transportation.  All transportation will not be pre-reserved, which requires you to call our office.

Academics

Semester Length Classes

For additional information on dates and holidays for each academic semester please refer to the Office of Registrar’s webpage or click on the button above.

Event Date
Classes begin May 16, 2022
Last day to add without a permission code May 20, 2022
Last day to wait list May 20, 2022
Last day to add,drop(delete),elect CR/NC, or audit classes May 25, 2022
Last day to withdraw from classes June 24, 2022
Last day to reverse CR/NC option July 29, 2022
Classes end August 03, 2022
Reading day N/A
Final exam period August 04, 2022 – August 05, 2022

Semester Length Classes

For additional information on dates and holidays for each academic semester please refer to the Office of Registrar’s webpage or click on the button above.

Event Date
Classes begin August 22, 2022
Last day to add without a permission code August 26, 2022
Last day to wait list August 26, 2022
Last day to add,drop(delete),elect CR/NC, or audit classes September 2, 2022
Last day to withdraw from classes October 21, 2022
Last day to reverse CR/NC option December 2, 2022
Classes end December 8, 2022
Reading day N/A
Final exam period December 12, 2022 – December 16, 2022

Academic Advising

Meeting your Academic Advisor is an important part of your university experience. Advisors are there to support you and your interests throughout your program. Questions about registration, transfer work, or specific classes must be discussed with an Academic Advisor. Schedule an appointment with Jon Murphy, Academic Advisor for Utah Global!

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculator

This tool is designed to assist you with your Grade Point Average (GPA) calculation and is not tied to the official academic record. The results are based solely on the data you provide and are not official.

We encourage you to calculate your GPA by the calculator and manually to insure you are accurate in your calculation.

Navigating Main Campus

While you will get accustomed to campus and the locations of your classes. For future reference feel free to check out the interactive campus map or download the PDF version!

Tutoring Services

Check out all the tutoring resources available to you as a student! If you need assistance please do not hesitate to contact the Academic Services Team!

UTAH GLOBAL PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Please remember that the English placement test provided from the English Language Institute (ELI) is what will determine your final Utah Global program. That means that your program may change from your original offer letter based on your English placement test score that you take just prior to arriving on campus.

 

EAP = Extended Accelerator Program = 3 semesters

1st Semester

GLOBL 900: Live, Learn and Grow

GLOBL 910: English for Academic Purposes 1 (MUST pass with 74% or higher)

GLOBL 1100: Utah and the World

MATH: (based on ALEKS/SAT/ACT placement)

 

2nd Semester

GLOBL 920: English for Academic Purposes 2 (MUST pass with 74% or higher)

GLOBL 961: Language lab for SOC 1010

SOC 1010: Introduction to Sociology

MATH or other general education course (work with advisor to choose)

EAS 1600: Teaching and Learning Across Languages

 

3rd Semester

WRTG 1009/1010: Writing (MUST pass with 70% or higher)

GLOBL 2230: Global Citizenship I

General education/major course (work with advisor to choose)

General education/major course

General education/major course (optional)

 

Total program hours: 46 – 50

Total for-credit degree hours: 28 – 32

Students MUST have at least 12 credits hours but no more than 15 credits per semester while in their academic program.

MUST have a cumulative GPA (all semesters together) of 2.5 or higher AND meet course requirements (indicated above in red) to complete this program.

 

*NOTE: Transfer credits may affect the above schedule (MUST discuss with advisor and director

 

 

AAP = Academic Accelerator Program = 2 semesters

1st Semester

GLOBL 920: English for Academic Purposes 2 (MUST pass with 74% or higher)

GLOBL 961: Language Lab for SOC 1010

SOC 1010: Introduction to Sociology

MATH or other general education course (work with advisor to choose)

EAS 1600: Teaching and Learning Across Languages

 

2nd Semester

WRTG 1009/1010: Writing (MUST pass with 70% or higher)

GLOBL 2230: Global Citizenship I

General education/major course (work with advisor to choose)

General education/major course

General education/major course (optional)

 

Total program hours: 46 – 50

Total for-credit degree hours: 28 – 32

Students MUST have at least 12 credits hours but no more than 15 credits per semester while in their academic program.

MUST have a cumulative GPA (all semesters together) of 2.5 or higher AND meet course requirements (indicated above in red) to complete this program.

 

*NOTE: Transfer credits may affect the above schedule (MUST discuss with advisor and director

 

 

ID = International Direct = 2 semesters

1st Semester

WRTG 1009/1010 or 2009/2010: Writing

EAS 1600: Teaching and Learning Across Languages

General education/major course (work with advisor to choose)

General education/major course

General education/major course (optional)

 

2nd Semester

General education/major course

General education/major course (work with advisor to choose)

General education/major course

General education/major course

General education/major course (optional)

 

Total program hours: 24 – 32

Total for-credit degree hours: 24 – 32

Students MUST have at least 12 credits hours but no more than 15 credits per semester while in their academic program.

 

*NOTE: Transfer credits may affect the above schedule (MUST discuss with advisor and director

 

 

PSE = Pre-Sessional English = until student passes all Level 4 classes with 77% or higher.

Depending on the student’s level as determined by the ELI (English Language Institute) and the student’s performance, this could be 1 – 2 full semesters (may be longer if student fails any classes).

All PSE classes are taught by the ELI and in their building: 540 Arapeen Dr, SLC, UT

ELI does not operate on the same semester system as the University of Utah. Rather than semesters, ELI uses sessions. There are 2, 8-week sessions in 1 full university semester. They are indicated as Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2, and Summer.

While at the ELI, all PSE students MUST follow all ELI policies, including attendance. Policies are provided on students’ syllabi on the first day of class and are discussed during orientation. All levels at the ELI include 4 basic language skills: Grammar, Reading, Writing, and Listening/Speaking.

ELI provides many activities and opportunities during each session for students to practice their growing English skills in a safe, fun, and supportive environment.

Utah Global also provides periodic activities so PSE students can interact with students from other academic groups and get familiar with the University, upcoming classes, and campus resources. Periodic workshops are also offered by the Utah Global advisor throughout each semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please watch this instructional video. If you have any additional questions or need help please connect with the Utah Global Academic Advisor or email utgacademics@utah.edu.

  • On-Campus and Virtual students at the University of Utah can see current grades in Canvas by selecting “Grades” on the left-hand menu within each course.
  • American Collegiate 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
  • After final grades are posted, students can view Semester and Cumulative GPA by following these steps or click here:
    1. Log into CIS click on the “Academic Records” title.
    2. Click on “View Grades”
    3. Please click on the recently completed term and then clock on the “Cumulative GPA” row. You will need to take note of the “Total Unites Taken” and the “GPA”.

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

 

  • 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 and might prevent students from taking another course.
  • Always meet with Utah Global Academic Advisor or email utgacademics@utah.edu for advice before making the change.
  • 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 and 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 students can withdraw online by:
  1. Logging into Campus Information Services (CIS)
  2. Clicking on Student Homepage
  3. Then select Registration the “Drop Class” link
  • EAP and AAP students must email or 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 and 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 US, 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

  • 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 and passing is possible, CR/NC might be a good option.
  • If students are in the US and worry about passing a class, withdrawing might be a good option, but 12 credits are still needed after withdrawing.
  • Always seek advice from an academic advisor before making a decision to change the traditional grading option. For Utah Global students, please seek assistance from the Utah Global Academic Advisor.
  • It is best to email the professor first to see what is possible
  • Email the Utah Global Academic Team at utgacademics@utah.edu

 

  • After official transcripts are received by the University of Utah’s International Admissions Office, reviewing transcripts can take approximately two weeks, or up to several months depending on how busy the office is.
  • Students can determine if transcripts have been received and 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 and 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 and 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.
  3. Course description and syllabi need to be translated if necessary.
  • 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 and APP students, Utah Global Academic Advisors focus efforts on helping students progress by completing required courses and achieving the required 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • In EAP and 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.
  • No: non-credit courses do not affect GPA; however, non-credit courses are included on students’ official transcripts. Additionally, EAP and 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 current grades and whether it is in the student’s best interest to retake a class.

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 and 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

 

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

Visit https://coronavirus.utah.edu/ for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 on campus.

Individuals with F-1 student visa status are required to show proof of COVID vaccination in order to enter the US. Vaccinations must align with the US’s approved list of COVID-19 vaccines. Only two exceptions apply:

  1. Student is from a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability (see list here ).
  2. Student is under 18 at the time of travel.

Effective December 06, 2021 – all international travelers (regardless of vaccination status) must show results of a negative coronavirus test taken one day prior to their flight’s departure from a foreign country traveling to the United States.

If neither vaccine exceptions apply to you and you remain unvaccinated, you may not be able to enter the US on the date of your scheduled travel.

For those passengers traveling under one of the above exceptions they must complete and present the Combined Covered Attestation Form to the airline at the time of departure. Passengers must be prepared to answer questions regarding Section 4 of the form and should have a clear understanding of their school’s COVID policies.

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

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.
  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!

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.  

Submit the Fall 2022 Orientation Form (All Students)

In this form you will confirm to ISSS and Utah Global where you will be physically located for Summer/Fall semester. This form will help ISSS and Utah Global correctly manage your SEVIS record. Failure to complete this step will result in the termination of your F-1 Visa.

Access the Fall 2022 Orientation Form Here

*If you are experiencing issues accessing the link above, please contact us at tech_issues@utah.edu.

Attend ISSS’ Session During the Utah Global Orientation (All Students)

Staff from ISSS will be discussing comprehensive resources on what to expect as a University of Utah Student, covering items, such as: maintaining visa status, safety and wellness recourses, tips for cultural adjustment, academic information and much more. Utah Global Orientation is mandatory.

*Failure to attend Utah Global Orientation will result in a hold on your account which prevents you from registering and removal of your classes from your schedule.

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

If this is your very first time in getting an I-20 from the University of Utah, you must apply to get an I-20 through the Office of International Admissions. You must reach out to your Enrollment Services Advisor to start the process and submitting the following documents:

  1. I-20 Request Form
  2. Certificate of Finances Form
  3. Financial Documents
  4. Passport

If you do not know who your Enrollment Services Advisor is, please reach out to your Program Coordinator and they will be able to assist. Once all documents have been submitted it will be processed. Please make sure to check your student email and your personal email in case the Admissions office is needing additional information.

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. 

Please follow the directions below. If you have any additional questions please seek advice from an International Student Advisor at the International Student & Scholar Services.

  • If you would like to schedule a phone or Zoom appointment to speak with an ISSS advisor, please send an email to Appointment@utah.edu with the following information:
    • Your full, official name
    • Your uNID
    • Your US phone number
    • Your specific availability (date and time, between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM MST, Mon-Fri).
    • A description of what you wish to discuss (the more detail you provide, the better we can assist you)

The International Center Compliance hold is not a hold from Utah Global but from the International Student & Scholar Services office. We highly recommend you get into touch with their office to find out what exactly you are missing or check your student email to find an email about this hold.

 

Most of the time this hold pertains to your UAtlas account, more specifically the Post-Arrival Check In. Please login here to find out what is missing.

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

Scholarships & Finances

Scholarships

We know that college education is expensive in the U.S. International students are required to submit proof of sufficient funds to cover educational expenses in the U.S. in order to obtain an I-20. Having obtained an I-20 and signing it, you agree to have funds available for the duration of your studies. It is important that you plan and manage your finances responsibility. Scholarships and grants are some of the ways that can help to cover your costs. Below are some of the resources for scholarships opportunities that you can apply for.

Internal Organizations and Resources

Utah Global Orientation Leader Scholarship

TBA

International Student & Scholar Services Scholarship for International Students

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Scholarship recognizes campus and community engagement among international students and scholars from a diverse set of cultures. Scholarship recipients represent outstanding contributors who may have extenuating circumstances that require financial need, and yet have strong academic performance and make time to participate in the community with a goal of serving others and promoting engagement in co-curricular activities during their time at the University of Utah.

College of Engineering Scholarships

Scholarship database for students studying in the College of Engineering.

David Eccles School of Business Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships awarded to current business students, transfer, and pre-business major students.

International Alumni Club Scholarships

Scholarships awarded to current students from an active alumni club in 11 different countries.

External Organizations and Resources

Institute of International Education (I.I.E.)

May be able to provide information on scholarships, grants or programs for eligible international students.

Organization of American States (OAS)

If you are from Central or South America, OAS offers an interest free loan grant to eligible international students through the Leo Rowe Loan Fund. For more information on eligibility and application process, please contact RoweFund@oas.org.

College Board

Is a free online financial source for scholarships, grants, and loans for college-bound students, including international students wishing to study in the United States.

International Education Financial Aid

Is a free online scholarship resource for non-US citizens with disabilities.

Education USA

Is a free online searchable database of scholarships for international students.

International Student Loan

Requires a US citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder) as a co-signer.

FinAid

Is a comprehensive Internet guide to financial aid. It contains sections pertaining to foreign students coming to the United States and U.S. students going abroad.

U.S. Bank Accounts

Within the first few days of your arrival, you may want to open a checking account with a bank on or near campus.

Opening a Bank Account

To open a bank account, you will be asked for a number of supporting documents for your application. These will include:

  • Current Passport
  • Form I-20
  • Student I.D (UCard)
  • Mailing Address
  • $25 in cash (minimum to open an account)

Utah Global recommends that you open a bank account with Wells Fargo. More instructions will be given during orientation.

Refunds

Before the Program

Students who cancel their Utah Global course prior to arrival on University of Utah’s campus may request a full refund of deposit, tuition, and fees. To be eligible for a refund of your deposit, within 60 days after your program’s start date, you must submit a written refund request together with documentation showing your VISA application was denied before your move-in date. Otherwise, we do not refund deposits.

After the Start of the Program

After the start of the Utah Global program orientation, students may be eligible for the following partial refunds: 90% refund during the 1st week of class, 50% refund during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks of classes. No refunds are available after the 4th week of classes for the remainder of the program duration without exceptional circumstances.

 

If you are eligible for any refunds from Utah Global after the 4th week of classes, it is important to note that the refund policy states that refunds will not be processed until a student completes the Utah Global Program to ensure that there are no additional pending charges due to unforeseen circumstances like housing fees, extension terms and so on.

Complete the Program

Once a student completes their program with Utah Global, they will be contacted to complete a refund form. This form will allow the students to designate where they would like their funds to be deposited. All refunds will be issued in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfers and processing fees, according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund.

Once this form is submitted, the refund will be processed within 45-60 business days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, scholarships are determined during recruitment. While you may not be eligible for that, you can certainly apply for the scholarships mentioned under “Scholarships”.

The payments plans were applied for and approved prior to arrival. The staff on campus will not be able to grant approval for a payment plan once the student is enrolled.

Failure to pay without a payment plan will result in your classes being dropped.

Center for Academic Success

Develop your English language, math, and overall academic skills and gain the confidence to succeed in your US university classes. Improve your study habits, prepare for exams, and get your questions answered: Our helpful tutors and counselors are here to support you, every step of the way.

Academic Skills Tutors

Alicia-Coe

Alicia Coe

I am Alicia Coe. I have been teaching English for academic purposes and critical writing at several universities in Europe and the United States for 17 years. Apart from teaching, I work as a curriculum developer, a writing consultant for undergraduate and graduate students, a copyeditor, and a Cambridge examiner. I am experienced in teaching international students; therefore, I can provide different learning approaches depending on the cultural background of each student.

Amanda-Wilcox

Amanda Wilcox

I am Amanda Wilcox. Originally, I hail from Macon, Georgia where I studied Biology and Spanish at Mercer University. After teaching foreign language for about 5 years, I began a master’s degree at Auburn University. Upon graduating, I continued to teach Spanish at the university and eventually began teaching in the ESL department where I found my calling. I have been involved in teaching, tutoring, and curriculum writing for international students learning English ever since. In total, I have nearly 20 years of experience teaching all ages from young children to adults in an academic setting.

Math Tutors

Dipen Bhuva

Dipen Bhuva

Dipen Bhuva is a PhD student in Computer Science at Cleveland State University, and a Masters graduate from Northeastern University in Information Security. He will be happy to help with any problems and solutions related to computer science: Programming, Networking, Server engineering, Cloud, Statistic, Advanced Mathematics and Cyber Security – he is also a certified Network+ by Comptia, Certified Ethical Hacker, RH-11 Expert Hacker, RedHat Server Certified Engineering and Amazon Web Service (Cloud) certified. For his ‘extraordinary dedication and teaching’ he was granted ‘excellent achievement for Graduate Assistantship’ from CSU.

To schedule appointments with the following tutors, please click on the 25 or 50-minute sessions below. Please book 24 hours in advance to provide your tutors ample time to prepare for the session.

  • Academic writing – generating ideas, organizing, summarizing, paraphrasing, revising/editing
  • Research skills: Finding credible sources and academic articles
  • Understanding academic integrity; avoiding plagiarism
  • MLA & APA citations and format
  • Academic presentation preparation and practice
  • Time management – weekly planning, semester-long planning
  • Reading strategies
  • Note-taking skills
  • Test preparation strategies
  • Class and groupwork participation strategies
  • Discussion skills
  • Grammar rules and practice
  • Academic communication etiquette – emails, office hours, requesting letters of recommendation
  • Business writing – emails, reports, meeting summaries
  • Career development – resume and cover letter writing
  • Building math confidence for students who struggle with math
  • General and Foundational Math help at any level
  • Calculus including Calc 1 and Calc 2
  • Algebra and Linear Algebra
  • Topology
  • Discrete Math
  • Category Theory
  • Algorithms
  • Differential Equations
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