Sep 30, 2023  
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

International Affairs

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International Affairs Information

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Stephen Allen – ST 169E – (435) 865-8499
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Admin Assistant IconInternational Affairs Business Manager
Skylar Lister – ST 169F – (435) 865-8566
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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)

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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:

  1. 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. Flexible online offerings are also available to students living outside of the USA.
  2. 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. Flexible online offerings are also available to students living outside of the USA.
  3. 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 a degree-seeking program.
  4. 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.
  5. Community ESL: Through generous support from donors, we are able to offer low-cost, evening classes in basic English to qualifying community members.

Helen Foster Snow Cultural Center


The Helen Foster Snow Cultural Center will provide greater mutual understanding and enhance relationships between the Southern Utah community and Asia, which is essential for world peace.


To carry on Helen’s spirit and legacy, the Center will provide opportunities for students, faculty, and community to engage with Asia, cultivating diverse and cultural educational experiences, and exposing SUU’s unique qualities to our international partners.

International Student & Scholar Services

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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 students 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

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SUU’s short-term programs allow groups of visitors to experience and learn on the SUU campus. Each program is built to fit the specific needs and goals of each visiting group. Themes, activities, classes, workshops, and projects can be adapted to fit the focus of each program.

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

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The Office of Learning Abroad (OLA) coordinates SUU’s many study abroad programs and the Global Studies minor. Students can earn SUU course credit on a variety of short-term faculty-led programs abroad and on semester exchange at one of 60+ partner universities overseas. OLA also offers SUU students the opportunity to study at another university within the U.S. through its membership in the National Student Exchange coalition. Ultimately, OLA’s mission is to foster 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.

International Recruitment

International Recruitment representatives connect Southern Utah University with prospective students, parents, and sponsors through travel, fairs, virtual events, partnerships, digital communication and campus visits. The SUU International Recruitment team seeks to bring globally diverse and talented students from around the world to benefit from and enhance our on-campus student experience. Our team advises students on admissions, scholarships, and the visa process. They work hand in hand with all other units in SUU International Affairs and across campus to achieve student satisfaction and success.