*Please check with your department to make sure an exchange is in place before contacting
International Study Programs.
Cost and Financial Aid
The program cost for Exchange Programs is based on UVU resident tuition for 12-18
semester credit hours, depending on the exchange. Housing and meals may be included
in some of the program costs, but transportation, international health insurance (required),
visa costs, and personal expenses are generally not included in the program cost.
The program cost is $300 for UVU Outbound students. For more information, please review
the specific program information from your department.
Most financial aid (grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) can be applied to the Utah
Valley University sponsored exchange programs.
Courses and Credit
Students earn up to 18 hours of transfer credit per semester for most exchange programs.
Students are required to get an academic advisor's certification regarding courses
to be taken abroad before submitting application materials.
Advanced Credit Approval
In general, Institutional Exchange Program participants must meet these minimum criteria:
- Be enrolled and in good standing at UVU
- Minimum of one year completed at UVU
- Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Language proficiency (for countries where the native language is other than English)
The deadlines may vary, but in general, they are July 1 for Fall Semester and full
academic year exchanges, and October 1 for Spring Semester exchanges. Late applications
are sometimes accepted; contact Marianna Henry for information. Application materials
are available in the International Study Programs office (WB 147). A $300 program
payment for US students is required when the application is submitted.
International Study Programs encourages faculty to establish links with their colleagues
and associations abroad. These links increase international diversity and opportunity
for our students. For members of the university community wishing to formalize exchange
opportunities, the following steps and criteria should apply:
- The exchange program must benefit the academic mission of Utah Valley University.
A brief statement explaining that benefit (for curriculum, research, internship opportunities,
etc.) must be submitted with the exchange proposal.
- Faculty members submitting proposals must be able to demonstrate ongoing support for
the exchange, i.e., a willingness to oversee the program for a certain number of years;
a departmental commitment to the program; approval from the college's dean, etc.
- Faculty must be aware of the financial commitment of exchange programs. Reciprocity
is essential. If an exchange is envisaged that cannot work reciprocally, a funding
formula must be part of the exchange proposal.
- All exchanges will be reviewed by International Study Programs periodically.
- Inactive exchanges will be eliminated unless justification for continuation is provided
by the sponsoring department.
- The exchange will be examined to determine that it continues to serve the academic
mission of the university.
How to Establish an International Exchange Program
The International Center is the facilitator of all International Study Programs.
- Meet with the International Study Programs Director in the International Center to
begin the process and receive information.
- Complete and return these documents to the International Center:
- Exchange Program Proposal Coversheet
- Memorandum of Understanding (General contract between UVU & partnering Institution)
- Academic Exchange Addendum (Detailed contract regarding the Exchange Program) Sample Exchange Addendum
- You will be notified whether or not your program has been approved or needs revision.
- Once approved, communicate to your college and appropriate department(s) regarding
the opportunities for students.
- Advertise to students and direct them to International Study Programs for application
Process for a UVU Student to become an International Exchange Student
Once the sponsoring UVU Department has selected the student for the exchange program,
the following steps must be taken. The UVU sponsoring Department is responsible to
ensure that the student's needs are met.
- Student will submit Completed Application to sponsoring UVU Department. UVU Department
will submit all required documents to International Study Programs.
- Student will apply for the correct Visa to travel to host country. Visit the US State Department for information about the nearest host country embassy and visa information. If assistance
is needed go to the International Study Programs.
- Student will meet with Academic Advisor to determine the academic classes/courses
to be taken at foreign instituion.
- Student will make all travel arrangements. If assistance is needed go to the department
or International Study Programs.
- If student is financial aid eligible go to BA-105 to make an appointment with a Financial
Aid Counselor. Deadline is November 1st for Spring Semester. Full time courses to
be taken must be approved before considering financial aid.
- Student must go to International Study Programs for International Health Insurance
at least two weeks before departure.
Process for a Foreign Student to become an International Exchange Student at UVU
Foreign partnering institutions will nominate a student to come to UVU. Upon approval
by the sponsoring department at UVU, International Study Programs requires the following
documents to help the foreign student arrive to UVU.