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Program Details

Utah Valley University, and the Fachhochschule St Pölten GmbH / St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences in Austria, recognizing the benefits to be gained by both institutions through an exchange program aimed at promoting scholarly activities and multi-cultural understanding.

The St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1993 and has approximately 3,000 students enrolled. It currently offers 22 degree programmes. Study opportunities comprise degree programmes and continuing education courses in the fields of Health and Social Sciences, Business, Mobility, and Technology.

Inbound Student Process

In order for Utah Valley University to finalize your application for admission and issue you and DS-2019 form, please send the following items in an application packet to the UVU Exchange Coordinator:

  1. SEVIS DS-2019 Student/Scholar Request Form (J-1 VISA): The following form will be completed by the Office for Global Engagement’s Exchange Coordinator. Please review and provide your UVU contact with all the information required on this form: https://www.uvu.edu/iss/docs/j1_ds-2019_request1.pdf
  2. Invitation and Sponsorship Letters:Your UVU academic advisor who is coordinating your exchange program will also provide two letters: an invitation letter, a sponsorship letter. There should be an additional letter which states they will ensure your academic tuition is sponsored by the department.  J-1 Sample Invitation Letter,  J1 Sample Sponsorship Letter
  3. Copy of Passport Personal Information PagePlease make sure that your name, place of birth, date of birth and other details are completely legible on the passport copy. Passports need to be valid up to six months after the date of your intended departure from the United States. For example, if you plan to remain in the U.S. through December 2020, your passport must be valid until at least June 2021.
  4. Certification of Financial SupportIn order for UVU to issue a DS-2019 visa authorization form, the U.S. government requires every applicant to submit evidence of financial support. The funding must show evidence of at least $5,500 for one semester or $11,000 for two semesters. Your source of funding may be one of the following:
    1. Personal Bank Account - You may provide a statement of your bank account showing evidence of funds; it must be written on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.
    2. Parent’s Bank Account - You may provide a statement of your parent’s bank account showing evidence of funds; it must be written on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official. You must also submit an affidavit of support – stating your parents intend to support you while you are studying at UVU.
  5. English Language Proficiency: Verification Students must supply one of the following forms to verify proficiency:
    1. Copy of diploma, academic transcript, or confirmation of enrollment in an institution where English is the medium of instruction
    2. Letter from representative (on letterhead) from academic institution or English language school confirming sufficient proficiency
    3. Original TOEFL score report sent by ETS AND/OR TOEFL Examinee Score Report or IELTS Test Report Form
  6. Application to UVU: Submit an application online at apply.uvu.edu. (Note: you will need to create an account in order to complete it).  On the application, when given a choice for student stype,  choose, Non-degree seeking. Complete the application online and pay the application fee.
  7. Aceptance to UVU: Advise GEO (Office for Global Engagement) once you have been accepted.
  8. Student Visa: UVU will send you the documents that must be presented at the U.S Embassy in the country that you reside in. Make sure you have been accepted to UVU before making an appointment to meet with embassy officials.
  9. UVU Check-in: Once you arrive at UVU, please go to the International Students Services desk to check in. It is found in the Liberal Arts Building LA 114.
  10. UVU Courses: One you arrMeet with with DGM Advisor to select courses, up to a total of 12 credits.
  11. Accomodation: Once accepted, students are responsible to find their own hosing during their stay at UVU. For options on housing, please see the following link: uvu.edu/housing.
  12. Insurance: If you have insurance from you own country, make sure it covers medical treatments in the United States. UVU will not be responsible for medical bils that your insurance provider does not cover. You may wish to puchase insurance from a local provider for the time you will be at UVU.

More information: Carlos Alarco -  The Office for Global Engagement carlos.alarco@uvu.edu


Outbound Student Process

Strong Proposals Include

All students that are interested in participating on the Austria St. Pöltens UVU Exchange Program (regardless of your financial aid status) will need to do the following:

  • Department Contact: Talk to Michael Harper in the Digital Media Department (DGM) about your participation on the program.
  • Department Advisor: Meet with you DGM Advisor and discuss the credits that you will receive for the exchange.
  • Office for Global Engagement (GEO) Advising: Contact Carlos Alarco (carlos.alarco@uvu.edu) and speak with him about UVU Exchange application procedures.
  • UVU Online Application: Apply to the St. Pöltens /UVU Austria Exchange program by March 1. This application requires a $75 non-refundable application fee.
  • GEO Acceptance: Wait for an official acceptance from UVU’s Office for Global Engagement that outlines the next steps regarding payments, course registration, safety and culture orientation, additional forms, etc...  This will come to you as an email from carlos.alarco@uvu.edu. You will be required at this point to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to confirm your commitment to participate on the exchange program. This deposit will go toward paying the tuition for your program.
  • Advanced Credit Approval: You will also have to get and complete an Advanced Credit Approval form, this form is where you list the courses you will be taking on the exchange program and what credits they will be transferring to here at UVU. This form needs to be signed by your Advisor, the Depatment Chair of the program you wish to receive credit for, and GEO.
  • Financial Aid: If you want to use Financial Aid to pay your tuition and cost of attendance, you will need to complete the Study Abroad Financial Aid Budget form before meeting with the Financial Aid Office. You will also need to submit the Student Certification Form to the Financial Aid Office before you depart. The Financial Aid Office will require you to submit a Student Verification of Enrollment form upon arrival to your host university and a Certificate of Attendance form before you return.
  • Payment of Insurance Fee: Once accepted into a Study Abroad Program, you will be required to pay a $300 non-refundable insurance fee. The Insurance Deposit is to pay for international health, safety, and evacuation insurance required by UVU policy 252.
  • International Travel Online Orientation:  GEO will send you materials for an orientation course with assignments that you will need to complete.  Materials covered in this course include:
    • UVU Tuition: You will be registered for 12 credits of an International Exchange course designated with a ZZZ prefix that will act as a place holder for the credits you will transfer back from your host university. This course carries 12 credit hours of UVU tuition (minus the $500 deposit) that you must pay by the Fall Semester tuition payment deadline.
    • Registration for Courses: You are required to complete an Advanced Credit Approval form that lists the courses (equivalent to UVU 12 credits) you intent to take abroad and transfer back.  This form must be signed by the department chair for each course you plan to take.
    • Poltens Application Procedures: You host university has paperwork that you need to complete for course registration, housing, orientation, etc.
    • Pre-Departure Orientations: You will watch three narrated orientation slide videos that cover basics for international travel, health and safety for international travel, and cultural awareness.
    • Assumption of Risk and Release: You will be required to complete an Assumption of Risk and Release form via Docusign.
    • Export Control: You will be required to complete an Export Control form via Docusign.
    • Passport and Visa information: You must have a passport for international travel. Please contact the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles for more information about student visas. Additional information on visas can be found here.
    • Insurance: You will be registered for international health safety and evacuation insurance for the duration of your program abroad in compliance with UVU policy 252.
    • STEP Registration: U.S citizens should register with the U.S. embassy in Austria via the STEP program. 

You will receive other email communications from Carlos Alarco in the UVU Office for Global Engagement and from representatives from St. Pöltensand your academic department at UVU.  You are responsible for responding to requests for information and for following instructions. Please contact Carlos Alarco with any questions or concerns.

 Student Visa for Austria: Student are responsible for to obtain their own student visa for their exchange, for more information click here.

Admission into a UVU Study Abroad program is non-discriminatory. UVU admits persons without regard to gender, race, creed, religion, national origin, age, or disability who meet UVU's academic requirements, agree to abide by the Student Rights and Responsibility Code of Conduct, and are otherwise qualified.

Additional Program information

  • Students participating in the exchange will register and pay tuition and fees associated to this exchange at their home institution. 
  • They shall be exempt from paying tuition and non-discretionary fees at the host institution
  • The International Student Exchange program is a self-supported program which charges an amount equal to the resident tuition rate for 12 credits and is exempt from inclusion in the 12-18 credit flat rate rule.  For information on UVU Tuition, please use the following link: uvu.edu/tuition.
  • Incoming students can only take 12 UVU course credits.  Click here for information about UVU's Digital Media courses.
  • There are some additional costs relating to school materials and accommodation that the student may be required to pay, more information will be given by your program coordinator.
  • Outgoing students may be required to pay for additional health insurance that is apart from the insurance purchased through UVU.
  • Note: Tuition Waivers cannot be used for International Exchange Programs

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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.