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2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
    
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

International Admissions Policies and Procedures


About International Admissions

International Affairs serves as the first point of contact for prospective international students and those desiring more information about Southern Utah University. Complete information and application materials are available online at www.suu.edu/international. This information is for students that are not a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.

The following sections define the deadlines for applying for admission as an international student, the process by which admission is determined, and the standards that international students must meet to be admitted. Please note that admission to the University does not ensure acceptance into a specific program, department, or college of the University. Academic units may require additional information and separate applications for admission into specific programs.

Application Deadlines

International Affairs will establish international admission application deadlines for each academic term that coordinate with University start dates. Specific application deadline information can be found online at www.suu.edu/international/admission-requirements.html.

International Undergraduate Admissions Standards

English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose first language is not English. Students may show proficiency in English through a variety of ways. Standards are often updated as requirements change and can be found online at www.suu.edu/international/undergraduate-admission-requirements.html.

Passport

Students must provide a copy of the photo page of their passport. As per the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requirements, the student’s name of record must be as shown in the machine-readable section of the passport.

Students intending to enroll in an online only program while outside of the US may provide a copy of their government-issued photo ID.

Finances

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requires an international student to show that funds are available for the first year of study, and that adequate funding will also be available for subsequent years. An official document from a banking institution showing the amount of funds available must accompany the undergraduate International Student Financial Form.

Funding requirements are continually updated; please see www.suu.edu/international/estimated-costs.html for current requirements.

Students intending to enroll in an online-only program while outside of the US are not required to provide proof of funding.

Transcripts

Official transcripts with a complete list of classes and grades showing high school graduate and any college of University attended are required.

High School Transcripts

If a student is a high school student or graduate and has not taken college courses after graduation, high school transcripts must be submitted on an official school document. This official school document must list the name and address of the school, the dates enrolled, grading systems, description of each subject, and mark or grade earned in each subject. Foreign transcripts will be converted to a U.S. 4.0 grade point average (GPA) scale and must meet a 2.0 minimum GPA requirement.

College Credit from Outside the U.S.

Transfer students from another school outside the U.S. must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended that have been evaluated by a third-party service. Please see www.suu.edu/iss/pdf/transferring-credits-from-an-international-university-to-suu.pdf for current requirements.

For a complete articulation of credits, students must submit a course syllabus and/or course description for each course listed on their transcript. A course syllabus/course description includes information about the content of the course. This will enable SUU to determine if equivalent credit can be given for students’ transfer credits. If course syllabi/course descriptions are not submitted, students’ coursework will be transferred as elective credits.

College Credit from Inside the U.S.

Transfer students from another school within the U.S. must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

For students who have completed less than 24 college credits, high school transcripts are also required in addition to the college transcripts. High school transcripts must be submitted on an official school document, which lists the name and address of the school, the dates enrolled, grading systems, description of each subject, and mark or grade earned in each subject.

Transferring Goverment Records (SEVIS)*

*If transferring from within the U.S.

Once all supporting documents have been received, students will be sent a Transfer Clearance Form to complete the SUU International Transfer Student admission process. This form will provide the information necessary for students’ current school to transfer their government record to SUU.

Intensive English Program (IEP) Admissions Standards

Application

To apply for admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP), students must submit all materials indicated to the International Admissions Office. The application and fee may be submitted on the web at www.suu.edu/international/intensive-english-admission-requirements.html.

English Proficiency

While not mandatory, applicants to the IEP program are encouraged to submit English proficiency test scores before they begin the program to be placed in the appropriate course level.

Passport

Students must provide a copy of the photo page of their passport. As per the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requirements, the student’s name of record must be as shown in the machine-readable section of the passport.

Students intending to enroll in an online only program while outside of the US may provide a copy of their government-issued photo ID instead of a passport.

Finances

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requires an international student to show that funds are available for the first year of study, and that adequate funding will also be available for subsequent years. An official document from a banking institution showing the amount of funds available must accompany the undergraduate International Student Financial Form.

Funding requirements are continually updated; please see www.suu.edu/international/estimated-costs.html for current requirements.

Students intending to enroll in an online-only program while outside of the US are not required to provide proof of funding.

Transcripts

Official transcripts with a complete list of classes and grades showing high school graduate and any college of University attended are required for students enrolling in the on-campus IEP program. Students enrolling in the online IEP program are encouraged but not required to provide transcripts.

High School Transcripts

If a student is a high school student or graduate and has not taken college courses after graduation, high school transcripts must be submitted on an official school document. This official school document must list the name and address of the school, the dates enrolled, grading systems, description of each subject, and mark or grade earned in each subject. Foreign transcripts will be converted to a U.S. 4.0 grade point average (GPA) scale and must meet a 2.0 minimum GPA requirement.

College Credit from Outside the U.S.

Transfer students from another school outside the U.S. must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended that have been evaluated by a third-party service. Please see www.suu.edu/iss/pdf/transferring-credits-from-an-international-university-to-suu.pdf for current requirements.

For a complete articulation of credits, students must submit a course syllabus and/or course description for each course listed on their transcript. A course syllabus/course description includes information about the content of the course. This will enable SUU to determine if equivalent credit can be given for students’ transfer credits. If course syllabi/course descriptions are not submitted, students’ coursework will be transferred as elective credits.

Dual Enrollment Option

Students who qualify for the top level of the IEP are eligible for Dual Enrollment. Dual Enrollment allows students to take the IEP highest level and classes within their major, at the same time. This is a one-semester program. Offered Fall and Spring semesters only. Annually established English proficiency minimums must be met to participate.

International Early College Admissions Standards

The following admission requirements pertain to international applicants that have completed the U.S. equivalent of 10th or 11th grade that are seeking to enroll in college courses for credit while fulfilling high school diploma requirements at the same time through concurrent enrollment.

English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose first language is not English. Students may show proficiency in English through a variety of ways. Standards are often updated as requirements change and can be found online at www.suu.edu/international/undergraduate-admission-requirements.html.

Passport

Students must provide a copy of the photo page of their passport. As per the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requirements, the student’s name of record must be as shown in the machine-readable section of the passport.

Students intending to enroll in an online only program while outside of the US may provide a copy of their government-issued photo ID.

Finances

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requires an international student to show that funds are available for the first year of study, and that adequate funding will also be available for subsequent years. An official document from a banking institution showing the amount of funds available must accompany the undergraduate International Student Financial Form.

Funding requirements are continually updated; please see www.suu.edu/international/estimated-costs.html for current requirements.

Students intending to enroll in an online-only program while outside of the US are not required to provide proof of funding.

High School Transcripts

Official transcripts with a complete list of classes and grades showing completion up to, and including, the 10th or 11th grade are required to be submitted on an official school document, which lists the name and address of the school, the dates enrolled, grading systems, description of each subject or examination, and mark or grade earned in each subject or examination. Foreign transcripts will be converted to a U.S. 4.0 grade point average (GPA) scale and must meet a 2.0 minimum GPA requirement.

International Graduate Admissions Standards

Application for Admission and Program Requirements

To apply for admission to a graduate program, students must submit all materials indicated to the International Admissions Office. The application and fee may be submitted on the web at www.suu.edu/international/graduate-admission-requirements.html.

International graduate applicants must satisfy all graduate program admission requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Please be aware that application deadlines vary from program to program.

English Proficiency

Proof of English proficiency is required for all applicants whose first language is not English. Students may show proficiency in English through a variety of ways. Standards are often updated as requirements change and can be found online at www.suu.edu/international/graduate-admission-requirements.html.

Passport

Students must provide a copy of the photo page of their passport. As per the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requirements, the student’s name of record must be as shown in the machine-readable section of the passport.

Students intending to enroll in an online only program while outside of the US may provide a copy of their government-issued photo ID instead of a passport.

Finances

The U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requires an international student to show that funds are available for the first year of study, and that adequate funding will also be available for subsequent years. An official document from a banking institution showing the amount of funds available must accompany the undergraduate International Student Financial Form.

Funding requirements are continually updated; please see www.suu.edu/international/estimated-costs.html for current requirements.

Students intending to enroll in an online-only program while outside of the US are not required to provide proof of funding.

Transcripts

Official transcripts (record of courses taken and grades received) from each college and university attended indicating a bachelor’s degree has been awarded are required as outlined in the individual graduate program admission requirements.

Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a third party service. Please see www.suu.edu/iss/pdf/transferring-credits-from-an-international-university-to-suu.pdf for current requirements.

Admissions Outcomes

After Admittance

Once admitted, international students will receive notice of their admission status by email. If the student is enrolling in an on-campus program and has met immigration document requirements,  the appropriate SEVIS document will be issued to the student.

Denied Status and Appeals

Applicants who do not meet the minimum standards for admission as stated above will be denied admission.

Applicants may file appeals for special consideration if unusual or extenuating circumstances prevent an applicant from meeting the minimum admission standards or the application deadline. To file an appeal, contact the International Admissions Office. Information may be found online at www.suu.edu/admissions/admission-review.html.

Probationary Status

Students who transfer with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA may be admitted on a probationary status by the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee as indicated in the Appeals section above. Probationary status requires that students attain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the first semester at SUU.

Students may be assigned probationary status if any of the following apply:

  • The student transferred to SUU with less than a 2.0 GPA from another college or university.
  • The student attended SUU and left the university on academic probation or was required to withdraw.
  • Even if a student successfully completes courses at another institution since leaving SUU, he/she will reenter on a probationary status if their SUU GPA is below 2.0.