Did you know that the U enrolls 2,700 international students (more than 8 percent of the total student population), most of whom come from China, Korea, India, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia—with more than 110 countries represented in total? Approximately two-thirds are undergraduates and one-third graduate students. International students contribute to a diverse campus environment; facilitate global learning opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom; and provide global visibility and connections for the U. Long-term, international alumni have the potential to create international business and trade connections for Utah.
According to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, international students and their families at all higher education institutions in Utah contribute more than $156 million (net) annually to the state’s economy. They must provide proof of their ability to finance their education in the U.S. and proof of their English language proficiency. Once students have been granted a student visa from the U.S. embassy in their home countries, they are required to arrive in the U.S. within a specific time frame and comply with a complex array of federal regulations that may impact, among other things, their academic goals.
The International Center provides advising, resources, and support to international students, scholars (visiting researchers, faculty, or graduate students), and alumni. The center also supports the campus community by ensuring the university is in compliance with federal regulations pertaining to international students and scholars, issuing J-visa documents for international scholars invited by academic departments, conducting intercultural training workshops, coordinating intercultural programs and events, and maintaining contact with international alumni around the world. The International center’s mission is to facilitate global learning and intercultural understanding to create a global campus community.