“University of Utah is my school and Global Pathways was my way to school.” Bader Alharbi from Saudi Arabia – Undergraduate Computer Science
University of Utah – Salt Lake City
Founded in 1850, the University of Utah is a public US university with approximately 28,000 students and located in beautiful Salt Lake City, the state capital of Utah. The University’s campus has a park-like setting and stretches into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where it once served as the host of the Winter Olympic Games in 2002. The University of Utah offers a wide-range of academic departments including top ranked business administration and engineering programs, as well as a Noble Prize winning biomedical engineering department. The school also boasts a competitive athletics department with top 20 NCAA college football, basketball, and volleyball programs, and encourages diversity through art and culture with its many student clubs and on campus resources.
- Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
- Established: 1850
- Type: Public University – Tier 1
- Students Population: Undergraduate 21,526 Postgraduate 6,68
- Areas of Strength: Architecture, Business, BioEngineering, Chemistry, Engineering, Geosciences, Physics, Modern Dance, and Sports Science
- University Ranking: Ranked #120 among Top National US Universities by US News and World Report
The University of Utah Global Pathways program
Global Pathways students can enter a degree program at this highly ranked public university in Salt Lake City through one of these pathways:
Learn more about the University of Utah by watching our video
University of Utah – Global Pathways Programs
The University of Utah Global Pathways program is your first step toward earning a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree from a top ranked public US University. Pathways students will take part in college level English training while attending regular academic courses with Americans. Guaranteed progression from Pathways with no need to reapply, so once you meet the graduation requirements, you’ll be admitted to your degree program at the University of Utah.
Students enter through Pathways on a 3 semester program at the University of Utah, followed by progression to 2nd year status in the university Bachelor’s degree.
- Choose from over 70 different Bachelors degree options including top ranked fields of study in Accounting, Architecture, Business, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, Dance, Music, Occupational Health, Marketing, Physics, Sports Science, Tourism and Recreation, and more.
- Pathways courses are a combination of college level English preparation with mainstream undergraduate Academic credit courses at University of Utah
- Pathways courses include 36 Academic credits applicable for your undergraduate degree
- Progression to Year 2 Sophomore student status for your Bachelor’s degree at University of Utah.
Students enter through Pathways on a 2 semester program at the University of Utah, followed by progressing to the university Master’s degree.
- Choose up to 3 options for your Master’s degree including top ranked University of Utah graduate school programs in the field of business with degrees in MBA, MS Finance, MS Economics, MS International Affairs, and MPA.
- Pathways courses are a combination of college level English preparation with mainstream upper division undergraduate Academic courses at University of Utah
- Pathways courses include GRE / GMAT Test prep
- Progression to Master’s degree at University of Utah
Why study at University of Utah?
A Top Ranked American University!
- Ranked #1 in the USA along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in creating new startup companies from research-based inventions by Association of University Technology Managers.
- Ranked #51 among top US Universities by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings
- Ranked #83 among top Worldwide Universities by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings
- Ranked #120 among top National Universities by US News and World Report
- The David Eccles School of Business ranked #61 in the nation among university’s graduate programs in this year’s edition of “America’s Best Grad Schools 2014 by US News and World Report
- Ranked #57 among Best Undergraduate Business programs by US News and World Report
- Ranked #64 among Best Undergraduate Engineering programs by US News and World Report
- Ranked #44 among Best Graduate MBA programs by US News and World Report
- Ranked #51 among Best Graduate MPA programs by US News and World Report
- Ranked in the top 25 among best Business school faculty for academic research by the Financial Times
University of Utah Alumni and Faculty!
- Noble Prize winner in Medicine 2007, Mario Capecchi
- Co-Founder of PIXAR animation, Ed Catmull
- Co-Founder of Adobe Systems, John Warnock
- Founder of Atari and Pong, Nolan Bushnell
- President & CEO of Procter & Gamble, Bob McDonald
- Founder of Netscape and Silicon Graphics, Jim Clark
- Inventor of Javick artificial heart, Robert Javick
- Inventor of Speed reading, Evelyn Woods
- Inventor of GORE-TEX fabric, William Gore
- Architect of the world tallest building in Dubai, Brad Wilkins
- Over 50 professional and Olympic athletes who graduated from University of Utah for a full list of notable alumnus, visit http://www.alumni.utah.edu/
Salt Lake City is a Great Location!
- The University of Utah was chosen to host the Olympic Village for the 2002 Winter Olympics, where they built on campus a 16,000 person indoor arena and 40,000 person outdoor stadium that is now used for the university’s highly competitive sports teams
- Salt Lake City has a very reasonable cost of living, and the University campus is located in a safe and beautiful area not far from downtown.
- The campus is within 30 minutes to over a half dozen world class ski resort including Park City Resort, home to the annual Sundance Film Festival where movie stars from around the world come to visit.
Located in Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City, founded in 1847, is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. Salt Lake City offers the amenities of a large metropolitan area, including concerts, opera, ballet, theatre, fine dining, museums and a wide range of sports. The city was host to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and is only thirty minutes to many world class ski resorts, including Park City, home to the annual Sundance Film Festival.
“Utah is an innovation powerhouse and companies across the country are taking notice.” Forbes.com October 14, 2010
Salt Lake City Facts:
- City Salt Lake City
- State Utah
- Population 1.1 million metro area
- Elevation 1280 meters
- Average Winter Temperature 43 F / 6 C
- Average Summer Temperature 82 F / 28 C
- Time Zone Mountain USA
- Airport Salt Lake City International (SLC)
- Public Transit UTA (also known as the “TRAX”)
- Professional Sports NBA Basketball Utah Jazz
- Major Industries Finance, Technology, and Natural Resources.
- Top Employers Huntsman Oil & Gas, Goldman Sachs, Oracle, Ebay, and Adobe
On Campus Residence Halls
- Secure building access
- Suite-style housing (two rooms share one bathroom and closet)
- Central dining facility—PetersonHeritageCenter
- Kitchenettes in each building
- Laundry facilities in each building
- Computer labs (located in Benchmark Plaza 820 1st floor & Sage Point 811)
- Exercise facilities (located in Chapel Glen 803 & Sage Point 811)
- Cable TV with HBO package
- High speed Internet connection
- Indoor bicycle storage (most buildings)
- Short walk to a University shuttle stop
- A meal plan is included in your on-campus housing fee
- The closest residence hall to the Heritage Center, the central hub for food, fun, and entertainment on campus
- Double-room suites with study rooms that have breathtaking views of the campus
- A popular housing choice available to first-year students on campus
- Double-room suites and double-room/single-room combination suites
- Popular with many upper-division and some first-year students
- Double and single rooms
- Live with a local host
- Practice your English and experience American culture
- Fully furnished private room / shared bath
- Twin option available/ shared bath
- Study space and internet access
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Near public transportation
- Minimum age 17
- Academics and Curriculum
- Accommodation and Housing
- Student Life
Academics and Curriculum
What is the average class size?
Classes are small, usually between 15 and 25 students. In addition, every professor you have offers office hours when you can meet one-on-one.
Who are the Pathways teachers?
All the Pathways teachers are University of Utah professors or fully qualified graduate students at the University of Utah.
What qualifications do I earn when I graduate from pathways?
You will receive a Certificate in Undergraduate Pathways Studies. In addition, you will receive an official transcript from the University of Utah listing the courses you took and the grades you received.
Accommodation and Housing
What are my options on where to live?
You can live in an apartment off-campus alone, with friends or roommates, or you can live with a host family in or near Salt Lake City. Details about the many housing options will be provided when you receive notification that you have been accepted to Pathways in your Offer Letter. Of course, if you have family or friends in the area you can choose to live with them.
Will I have to share a room?
That will depend on where you choose to live and your budget. If you prefer an apartment you’ll have the choice of living alone or having a roommate. If you prefer to live with a U.S. family in a “homestay,” you’ll probably have your own room.
What about living in a dormitory on campus?
During the Pathways Program, a few, on-campus dormitory rooms will be available. Please contact us for more details.
Where can I find Internet access?
Most of the University of Utah campus is wired with free, high speed Internet access. In addition, many of the apartments and homes where you can live already have Internet access.
How do I apply?
In brief, you need to complete the Pathways Application and send it along with your official transcripts from your high school, results of your English proficiency exam (TOEFL or IELTS) and your personal statement. Please see the detailed instructions on how to apply to the Undergraduate Pathways program.
Should I apply directly or use your representative in my country?
It’s best to apply with the assistance of one of our representatives in your country as they can guide you through the admissions process, including getting your U.S. visa. However, you can send your completed application with all support documents in one envelope to the address listed on the back of the application.
What must I send in with the application?
You must send in one envelope the completed application, your high school transcripts, results of your English proficiency exam (TOEFL or IELTS) and your personal statement. All of these documents should be translated into English. Please download the application. All applicants to Pathways must also submit proof of financial responsibility. Applicants prove financial responsibility by providing one of the following documents: Bank Statement and Sponsor Statement. Proof of Financial responsibility enables the University of Utah to generate an I-20 form, which the U.S. government requires in order to grant you an F-1 student visa. If you are already attending a college or university in the U.S. and have a valid F-1, you must also have the institution complete the Transfer-In form. If you are on a J1 visa, please contact an Immigration advisor to determine what steps are necessary for transfer.
By what date must I apply?
In general, we need to receive your complete application package in one envelope at least 6-8 weeks before classes start. That gives us enough time to respond to your application and for you to secure a U.S. visa. See the timelines for the Undergraduate Pathways programs.
Does my application have to be completed in English?
Yes, the Pathways Application must be completed in English
When will I know if I’ve been accepted to Pathways?
As part of the application we ask for your email address. We will send you email notification within 7 business days after we receive your completed application file. Written notification by post will follow a few days later.
Who do I contact if I have any further questions about Pathways?
You are welcome to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Better yet, you might want to contact our representative in your country who can speak to you by phone or even meet with you.
What degrees am I eligible to earn after I finish Pathways?
When you graduate from the Undergraduate Pathways Program you will enter the second year of one of the University of Utah’s bachelor degree programs. Depending on which major area of study you will earn a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science. The University of Utah offers majors in 75 subjects. The type of degree you receive will depend on the major you select. The transition to the University of Utah is different for each college.
What University standards or rules must I comply with in order to graduate?
All students at the University of Utah agree to observe all the rules and regulations of the University of Utah including financial, behavioral and immigration status while you are a U of U student. Financial compliance means that you have met your financial obligations, i.e. tuition, fees, fines, rents, parking citations, etc. Behavioral status means that you are in compliance with city, state and federal laws as well as in compliance with the University of Utah’s Student Code of Conduct.For more information, see http://sa.utah.edu/dos/what_we_do/studentConduct.htm. Immigration status means that you are in compliance with the terms of your U.S. visa.
I’ve heard it’s difficult to get a U.S. visa; is this true?
After September 11, 2001, the number of foreigners studying in the U.S. declined a bit. Fortunately, this trend has been reversed. In the most recent academic year for which data is available (2005/2006), 565,000 foreign students attended U.S. colleges and universities, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE).
How do I apply for a U.S. visa?
All applicants to Pathways must also submit proof of financial responsibility. Applicants prove financial responsibility by providing the following documents: Bank Statement and Sponsor Statement. Proof of Financial responsibility enables the University of Utah to generate an I-20 form, which the U.S. government requires in order to grant you an F-1 student visa. If you are already attending a college or university in the U.S. and have a valid F-1 visa, you must also have the institution complete the Transfer-In form. If you are on a J1 visa, please contact an Immigration advisor to determine what steps are necessary for transfer. A few days after you are accepted to Pathways you will receive a package of information from the University of Utah. One document is the “I-20″, which confirms that you have been accepted to the University of Utah Pathways Program. You must present the I-20, along with a few other pieces of information (e.g. your passport) to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. In general, you should receive your “F-1″ student visa within six weeks, although processing times vary on a case by case basis. For additional information about the U.S. student visa process, please see: http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html. Our representative in your country can assist you with this process.
How much time must I allow before I receive my visa?
“F-1″ student visas usually are processed within six weeks, but this can vary.
What is the biggest challenge about student life at the University of Utah?
For some students the biggest challenge is balancing your academic load with all the fun attractions that The University of Utah and Salt Lake City have to offer. For other students, it’s being far from home. Fortunately, our Pathways Student Advisors’ job is to help you manage these challenges.
What clubs and organisations can I join?
The University of Utah offers many opportunities for the international community to be actively engaged in the campus community. Joining a club is a good way to become more connected to your new surroundings, gain leadership experience, and make friends. The U offers over 15 international clubs and over 200 student organizations to get involved with from the day you reach campus.
Are sports available?
If you’re athletic you’ll have many choices both to watch sports and play sports. The University has many collegiate teams (basketball, football, baseball, hockey, track, etc.). Also, there are informal intramural leagues you might be able to join for friendly competition with other students. And if you just want to get some exercise our sports facilities are unmatched and range from modern swimming pools and exercise rooms to numerous soccer fields, tennis, volleyball, squash and basketball courts and yoga studios. The international community has cricket matches, badminton tournaments, and soccer events on a weekly basis.
Do I need to open a U.S. bank account?
It’s not a requirement but we strongly recommend you do. It will make managing money in the U.S. much easier. When you arrive at the University of Utah, we can help you do this. The International Center hosts banking workshops at the start of each orientation program, which will help you through the process.
Will my computer and other electronics work in the U.S.?
If you come from a country where 220/240 volts is used, most of your electrical appliances, such as computers and iPods will work in the U.S. Many of them already have the ability to work with the U.S. electrical current (110/120 volts) and do not require a transformer. However, we recommend that you first check with the manufacturer of the device before using it in the States. Depending on the appliance you might need a plug adapter to fit a U.S. electrical outlet. These are inexpensive and can be purchased in the U.S. or on the Internet.
What will happen if I get sick?
All Global Pathway students are required to buy University of Utah’s Health Insurance Plan. As a Pathways student you have use of University Student Health Center and University Counseling Center. Our physicians, nurses and counselors are committed to both your physical and mental health. If you’re sick they’ll do everything they can to bring you back to health when you’re not feeling well.
I have dietary or religious restrictions about what I can eat; what do I do?
You have many, many choices. Whether you are a vegetarian, trying to lose (or gain) weight, observe Kosher, Halal or prefer one particular nation’s cuisine you will find what you want on or near campus. The choices are endless.
Where can I buy food from my country?
Salt Lake City is a city that includes many nationalities. Throughout the city we can help you find the kinds of markets you’re looking for.
Is it expensive to go to school in Salt Lake City?
How expensive Salt Lake City is, in part, depends on the country you’re coming from and how strong your currency is relative to the U.S. dollar. In comparison to many other big cities in the United States Salt Lake City has a very reasonable cost of living.
Do I need to bring or buy a computer?
The University of Utah has many desktop computers available in various libraries and lounges around the campus. This is great for quickly checking your email or visiting an Internet site. However, for doing your homework and research it’s more convenient for you if you have your own computer. You’ll likely find a laptop computer more convenient than a desktop computer. If you bring a computer with you, be sure to check the computer’s instruction manual to see if it can work on the U.S.’s electrical current – many computers will. Of course, you can buy a computer when you’re in the U.S. and get a student discount when you purchase. Computer equipment can be far less expensive to purchase in the U.S. than in many foreign countries. Both PC’s and Macintosh computers are used at the University of Utah.
How much does it cost to apply to Pathways?
It is free to apply to the University of Utah Pathways Program. There are no application fees. However, you are required to submit your score on a recognized English proficiency test such as TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC. The test provider in your country may charge you a fee to take this exam, however, this fee does not go to the University of Utah.
If I’m accepted how much tuition do I pay?
The Undergraduate Pathways tuition costs is $23,800 for 3 semesters. Tuition is due four weeks before the start of the semester. Tuition is payable to Kaplan and must be paid by U.S. bank draft, credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or electronic transfer. Directions regarding your deposit will be in your offer letter, which you’ll receive shortly after your acceptance into the Pathways program.
What are University Fees?
All University of Utah students pay certain fees that cover major non-academic costs such as athletic facilities and international student services. These fees are included in your tuition.
Are scholarships available?
Please speak to our representative in your country. A limited number of scholarships may be available depending on your qualifications and how early you apply.
Can I work and earn money while I’m attending Pathways?
Yes, Global Pathways students can work on-campus up to 20 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during school breaks. In order to work on-campus, you must apply for work authorization through the International Center. If you are in lawful status and are a full-time student, the International Center will prepare a letter verifying your eligibility to work on campus. Global Pathways students will be able to seek employment after they have completed their first semester. The University of Utah’s Career Services Center can assist you with preparing your resume and provide training on interviewing for a job.