International Affairs Information
With students as its highest priority, International Affairs at Southern Utah University fosters globally engaged communities by supporting the exchange of values, cultures, and ideas in an effort to advance a more just, empathic, and prosperous world.
International Affairs Programs
American Language and Culture Center (ALCC)
The American Language and Culture Center (ALCC) is a dynamic teaching and learning community dedicated to supporting students in two ways: (1) We help students to achieve academic English proficiency sufficient for matriculation into university; and (2) We support students’ continued development and improvement of their English language skills. In so doing, we enrich and broaden the cultural experience of our students and the SUU, local, and world communities.
The ALCC is comprised of the following programs:
- Foundation: Students take courses in Basic Communicative English. Classes meet for 18 hours/week in 6-week terms. There are 2 levels in the Foundation Program, and classes are offered as needed.
- Intensive English: Students take courses in academic English and American academic culture. Classes meet for 18 hours/week in 6-week terms. There are 6 levels of the Intensive English Program.
- Dual Enrollment: Students with very high language skills are eligible to participate in a semester-long Dual Enrollment program, in which they take top-level Intensive English courses concurrently with courses in their major.
- Workshops: Matriculated students who want or need language support can enroll in workshop classes in a variety of skills. These courses are offered as needed.
- Community ESL: Through generous support from Zions Bank, we are able to offer low-cost, evening classes in basic English to qualifying community members.
The Confucius Institute is an organization aimed at promoting Chinese language and culture around the world. It is administered by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters based in Beijing. With a growing demand of Chinese speakers, China has started a non-profit public organization referred to as the Confucius Institute (CI) that is affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. Founded in 2004, the Confucius Institute has continued to grow and now has approximately 500 Confucius Institutes present in over 100 countries worldwide. In the United States alone there are over 100 active Confucius Institutes.
International Student & Scholar Services
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) facilitates a wide array of support services designed to promote the academic and personal success of SUU’s international students and scholars. ISSS manages the international admissions process and operates the federally mandated Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to ensure that all international students and scholars at SUU maintain their proper legal status under federal statutes and regulations.
ISSS supports student and scholars through cultural and academic adjustment by providing in-depth orientation programs, student support courses, and individual advising sessions. The department functions as a point of contact to help international students and scholars navigate SUU’s campus and connect with other departments on campus. ISSS offers a variety of additional support services to students and scholars including airport shuttle transportation, housing arrangements, and local shopping trips and excursions. ISSS also develops interactive programming to highlight the international cultures on campus and engage campus and community members.
International Student Short-Term and HomeStay Programs
SUU’s short-term programs allow groups of 15 to 50 students to visit and learn on the SUU campus for two, three, or four weeks. Longer programs are also available. Each program is built to fit the specific needs and goals of your student group. Themes, activities, classes, workshops, and projects can be adapted to fit the focus of your group.
HomeStay gives students the opportunity to live with a local family and improve their English while having an immersive American experience.
Office of Learning Abroad
The Office of Learning Abroad (OLA) fosters empathy, cultural and global understanding, experiential learning, and personal enrichment by providing SUU students, faculty, and staff with the resources and guidance necessary to enhance their learning and research in safe, intellectually stimulating programs in a variety of locations worldwide. SUU students can add an international dimension to their education through OLA’s study abroad and National Student Exchange (NSE) programs. Students may earn SUU credit by enrolling in short-term summer, semester-long, and year-long programs in over 30 countries worldwide. They may also study at select public and private institutions in the U.S. and Canada through NSE. In addition, OLA serves as the campus contact to the Fulbright Program.