Study Abroad

International Students

Application & Visa Procedures

The very first thing you should do if you wish to study at Southern Utah University is to CONTACT YOUR INTERNATIONAL OFFICE.  They can help get you started with the process, including approval from your home university, and will contact us to let us know of your interest.

After this, you will need to send us your application materials which can be found online at  We will need your application and housing application as soon as possible.  In order for your application to be considered complete, and for us to issue you the documents needed to obtain your J-1 student visa, we will need all of the following:

  • Exchange application form Make sure you select the correct semesters for your exchange. If you are coming for FALL AND SPRING, HOLD THE CTRL BUTTON on your keyboard while clicking on both semesters in order to select them.
  • Pay the $55 admission application fee
  • Transcripts
  • A copy of the student's passport
  • Housing application form
  • Pay the $50 housing application fee
  • A letter of support from your university stating that you understand English well enough to take classes OR a sufficient TOEFL score ( A minimum score of 525 on the paper based test, 197 on the computer based test or 71 on the internet based test is required to be admitted to SUU)
  • Proof of financial support indicating that you have at least $1,000 for every month you plan to attend SUU ($4,000 for one semester, $8,000 for 2).  This can be shown with an original bank statement.
  • Immunization records or a completed Proof of Immunization
  • Students from certain countries will be required to take a TB test when they arrive at SUU.  The Cedar City health department will come to campus to administer these tests, and students are responsible for paying for them. The test costs between $75-$150.  Students who are not current on their MMR vaccine will also be required to receive that vaccination when they arrive at SUU and will be responsible for paying for the vaccination.
  • Proof of health insurance, valid in the United States.  If you don’t have one, we have a list of some providers you can use.
  • A completed learning agreement of the classes you wish to take at SUU approved by your university.  You must be enrolled for at least 12 SUU credits during the semester.

You can email or fax these documents to Tessa McNeel Douglas at, or 1-435-586-1996 in order to expedite the process, then ALSO send them via mail to:

Global Engagement Center
Southern Utah University
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, UT 84720

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

After we send your documents, you will need to contact your nearest American consulate/embassy through their website and pay the $100 SEVIS fee.  After that they will invite you for an interview and issue you your visa.  Your International Programs advisor may help you with this process.

When you send us the classes you wish to take, please list at least three extra and indicate which classes are top priority.  We will do our best to register you for the classes you most wish to take, but we cannot guarantee you a spot in all of them.  Some classes require pre-requisites in order for you to be able to take them, and others might be full.  We will let you know which classes we were able to register you for.