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About the University of Utah


The University of Utah is a major research University located in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. We are a designated sponsor of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa Program and have, over the past years, welcomed thousands of scholars from around the world to our campus. Currently, we have over 450 Exchange Visitors on campus in various programs.

The International Student and Scholar Services

The ISSS in connection with various academic departments and our School of Medicine, work together to select and approve potential scholars for the Exchange Visitor Program. The ISSS also:

  • Approves and issues the DS-2019 with which scholars obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa.
  • Informs and advises on the steps that need to be taken to obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa.
  • Answers questions concerning visa issues.
  • Reports the arrival of Exchange Visitors on campus through the SEVIS program.
  • Keeps current information on the Exchange Visitor Program.
  • Advises University departments regarding immigration concerns.
  • Offers orientation to new scholars and their families.
  • Supports a number of international clubs and programs which offer support to international scholars.

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Who We Are

The University of Utah is a public institution of higher learning founded in 1853, and is the Flagship University of the State of Utah.

The University offers 72 undergraduate majors and 95 major fields of study at the graduate level. Please refer to the complete list of academic departments.

In 2007, Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., distinguished professor of human genetics and biology, became the University’s first Nobel Prize winner.

In 2009, enrollment reached over 28,000 students, including nearly 2,000 international students and 450 scholars from over 114 countries.

In 2009, for the second year in a row, the University was ranked second in the country for starting technology companies.

The University is ranked among the top 35 public research universities in the United States.

The University has over fifty research centers and institutes.

The University of Utah Research Park lies adjacent to campus and houses 42 companies, 69 academic departments and approximately 7,531 employees. The park provides a special environment for entrepreneurial growth. It is a reservoir of practical, research and business opportunities for university faculty and both graduate and undergraduate students, giving new challenges and opportunities. These opportunities are created in a community that values technological innovation and commercial enterprise.

For more information about the University, visit the In Fact website.

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Where We Are

  • The University of Utah campus is located in the foothills of Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the great Rocky Mountain range and a truly spectacular setting. The mountains surround and protect, but they also provide every kind of recreation, from skiing and snowmobiling in the winter to hiking and fishing in the summer. If you like the great outdoors, Utah is the place to be.
  • Salt Lake City is often referred to as the “Crossroads of the West” and is the economic, cultural, and political center of Utah.
  • Salt Lake offers all the amenities of a large metropolitan area such as theater, concerts, sports, museums, dining, shopping. This, combined with the ease, friendliness and safety of the city, makes it a great place to live.
  • The City has a population of about 200,000 while the surrounding towns in the valley merge together to make up a population of more than a million people.
  • For more information about Salt Lake City, check the Salt Lake Tourist & Visitor Center website.

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Last Updated: 2/28/17