Office of Learning Abroad

international exchange students at SUUInternational Exchange & Study Abroad Students

Application & Visa Procedures

Fall nomination deadline: March 15 (Submit all application materials below by June 1)
Spring nomination deadline: October 15 (Submit all application materials below by November 1)

The first thing you should do if you wish to study at Southern Utah University is to CONTACT YOUR HOME UNIVERSITY'S INTERNATIONAL OFFICE. They will help get you started with the process and will nominate you to study at SUU to let us know of your interest. After your nomination is accepted and you receive approval to apply to SUU, you should follow the instructions below.

For you to be admitted to SUU and permitted to enter the United States, you must complete several documents. Below is a list of all the documents you need to submit to SUU. We must receive all of the documents by the deadlines listed (June 1 for Fall semester, November 1 for Spring semester), so please be as prompt as possible. You can fill out our application and find all our forms on our website at

How to begin the application process to become an exchange or study abroad student at SUU:

  • Go to
  • Type in your e-mail and create a password.
  • Skip all the questions about studying abroad.
  • Click on “View All Programs” and search for “Incoming Exchange Students.”
  • Click on “Incoming Exchange Students” and select the correct application.
  • Please complete the application, pay the application fee, and submit your application. Within a day or two, we will “accept” you in the ViaTRM system.
  • After you have been accepted, click the pink “confirm” button; all of the forms you need to complete will then appear on your page.
  • Complete all of the forms and upload them by June 1 (for enrollment in Fall semester) or November 1 (for enrollment in Spring semester).

If you have any questions, or need help please, contact or

  • Housing application form The Housing Office will do their best to assign you to your first choice, but it is not guaranteed. Housing is limited, so please plan to be flexible with your accommodation assignment. Single rooms are especially limited. If you want to consider other housing options, please email us.
  • Pay the $50 housing application fee
  • Immunization records or a completed Students from some countries will be required to take a TB (tuberculosis) test when they arrive at SUU. The Cedar City health department administers these tests at SUU. Students who are not current on their MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine will also be required to receive that vaccination when they arrive at SUU and will be responsible for paying for the vaccination.
  • Pay the $60 admission application fee Include a copy of your payment receipt with your application documents.
  • Verification of English Language Proficiency You may submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, but they are not required of exchange and study abroad students to SUU. If you do not submit a test score, you must submit a form completed by a person at your home university who is qualified to evaluate your English proficiency. In particular, you must be able to navigate daily life in the U.S., read and comprehend academic texts, understand your rights and responsibilities, and know how to get help, if necessary.
  • Proof of health insurance valid in the United States If you don’t have a health insurance policy that fulfills U.S. immigration requirements, the ISO Compass Silver plan meets the requirements.
  • Proof of financial support (bank statement) Your bank statement must indicate that you have the necessary funds for studying at SUU. (If you have a family member or other sponsor helping with finances, please have them complete the Sponsor Certification Form.) The minimum amounts are:
    - Exchange Student: $5,000/semester
    - Fee-paying Study Abroad Student: $9,000/semester
  • Academic Transcripts
  • A copy of the your passport Scan or copy the information page of your passport. Be sure that all information--including all numbers at the bottom, top, and sides--is fully visible. Your passport copy must be completely legible.
  • Learning Agreement On this document, you will list the classes you wish to take at SUU. These classes must be approved by your university. You must be enrolled for a minimum 12 SUU credits during the semester. Note: Unless you have been admitted to an SUU Master's program, you must select classes with course numbers below 5000.

When you complete the list of classes you wish to take, please list at least 3 extra classes and indicate which of the classes are top priority. It is sometimes difficult to enroll students in upper level (3000- and 4000-level) classes, so please give us a variety of classes you would like to take. We encourage you to take one or two “fun” classes that you might not have the opportunity to take at your home university. We will do our best to register you for the classes you most wish to take, but we cannot guarantee you a seat in all of them. Some classes require prerequisites that will bar you from enrollment, and others might be full. 

After we receive the items listed above, we will prepare your J-1 visa documents. We will send these documents to your University by regular mail unless you request them to be sent by FedEx, in which case you will be charged a $50 fee.

When you receive your documents, you will need to contact your nearest United States consulate or embassy and pay the $100 SEVIS fee. They will invite you for an interview to discuss the issuance of your visa. Your home university’s International Office advisor may help you with this process.