International Student Services

Arrival Services


After arriving on campus, the SUU Sargon Heinrich Global Engagement Center staff wants to help you learn more about Southern Utah University and the local community. Join the staff for Arrival Services the week before the start of classes, important topics will be covered, such as health insurance, driver’s licenses, setting up a bank account, and cell phone. Arrival Services begins your first day at SUU continues through September.

*The SUU Sargon Heinrich Global Engagement Center is located across the street from the Music Center at 439 W. 200 S. Campus Map

International Check-In

When arriving on campus, students will need to check-in in with the GEC staff. At this time students will need to (1) make copies of their immigration papers, (2) update their SUU record, (3) check their immunization records, (4) submit TB test results, (5) provide proof of health insurance. Students will also receive a schedule outlining services to be offered over the coming weeks.

International Check-In - Visit the Check-in page for more information about Check-in requirements.

University Housing

Part of the transition to college includes finding the best housing option available. Single students, between the ages of 18-20, are required to live in on-campus housing. For details on this type of housing please visit: http://www.suu.edu/ss/housing/, and click on Future Students. University Housing fills up quickly, earlier applicants have a better chance of reserving a room for the upcoming year.

Off Campus Housing

It is recommended that you use the Off-Campus Housing Finder available on the University Housing website: http://www.suu.edu/prostu/housing/. On this site you will be able to search for single and family housing in Cedar City. 

*Important Note: Lease Agreements are binding contracts. This means that if you sign the lease agreement, you are responsible for all rent payments, even if you move out before the end of your contract.

Orientation & Thunder Academy

Every new student is required to attend an orientation program when they first arrive. This program will introduce students to staff, new and current students, and to the University and community. Please refer to the SUU Orientation & Thunder Academy to register and for more information http://www.suu.edu/ss/orientation/.

Placement Exams

Without completing a placement test, students will be placed in the lowest level math (Math 0950) and be required to take two English courses (ENGL 1010 and ENGL 0990). To start in a higher level math class or to bypass ENGL 0990, students will need to complete a placement exam, offered in SUU’s Testing Center.

Testing Center - Testing Center website. Contains more information for registering for a placement exam.

Class Registration

Before registering for the first semester, it is recommended that students contact their Academic Advisor who can help prepare their class schedules. To find your Academic Advisor, visit: Academic Advisors

UNIV 1020 - Acculturation - Sign up for our class designed to help new students learn and adapt to their new home by learning more about immigration requirements and benefits, Southern Utah culture, Cedar City community, and SUU.

Transfer Credits

If you have previously attended an international institute of higher education, you may wish to transfer your credits to SUU. To allow time for the University to determine which credits will meet its requirements, please submit your evaluated transcripts and translated course syllabi. This flowchart is helpful in understanding the process.

Culture Shock

Culture shock is described as a stress response accompanying the transition to a foreign environment. This experience is common to travelers and international students. It is separated into four distinct phases: Honeymoon, Crisis, Adjustment, and Adaptation/Biculturalism. It is common for international students to pass through each phase, although students differ in the amount of time spent in each phase. Some students experience the range of culture shock in a month, while others may take an entire year. It is SUU’s goal to help students adapt to this new environment through education, and supportive services.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) - Their mission is to help SUU students achieve their educational, career and personal goals. We understand that students’ first priority is to successfully earn a degree and we are here to assist them in addressing the stress and conflicts that may distract them from achieving their full potential. CAPS is staffed with experienced licensed psychologists and social workers who work with students to reduce the interference of everyday stress and also treat more serious conditions.