International Students at UVU

Utah Valley University, one of the largest public universities in Utah with an enrollment of 30,000 students, is increasingly a destination of higher learning for international students. In 2014, 800 international students representing 82 different countries attended UVU. Countries with the greatest number of students enrolled at UVU included Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China and Mexico.

International students greatly enrich the academic learning experience for all UVU students through their distinct cultures, experiences, backgrounds and foreign languages and are representative of the institution’s diverse student body.

Each year, international students are coming to UVU in greater numbers because of the excellent quality of education, reasonable tuition compared to other state institutions in the region and across the U.S., and because of UVU’s global focus on inclusiveness that appeals to a wide range of students.

Center for Global &
Intercultural Engagement

International & Multicultural Studies

International Student Services

Multicultural Student Services

Utah Higher Ed -
International Links

BYU - International Student Services

BYU - Kennedy Center

Salt Lake Community College

Utah State University

The University of Utah

International Student Services: Staff

Stephen Crook - Director–International Student Services/DSO/RO

Steve grew up living in Taiwan and Hong Kong.  He graduated from BYU with a Masters of Accounting. After college, he spent 5 years working for a joint venture company in Asia. Since 2007, Steve has been working in the International Student Service (ISS) Department at UVU. Steve comments, "UVU is such an exciting place to be! There are so many opportunities to shape the future of the institution. You really feel like you can make a difference." Steve is responsible for International Student Services at UVU. 

He is married to Lacy and has 7 awesome kids. He enjoys waterskiing, snowboarding, hiking, snow shoeing, and visiting new places.

Junko Watabe - Senior International Student Advisor/PDSO/RO

Originally from Fukuoka, which is located on a beautiful island, Kyushuu, south of the main island of Japan. Graduated with BA from Brigham Young University in Linguistics and minored in TESL. Has four children: Leo, Andrew, Melanie and Emily. Her husband, Masasue, is a school teacher at Maeser Academy.

She has been working at UVU since 1990 as a Coordinator and a Senior International Student Advisor. She came to the United States as a student and became a naturalized citizen. Being a student from another country gives her a deeper understanding of the challenges and responsibilities of the international students. She enjoys working with many great students from all over the world and with friendly and caring people at the university.


Michiko Arthur - International Student Advisor/DSO

Michiko was born and raised in Yokohama, a port city south of Tokyo. She graduated from Brigham Young University. She subsequently returned to Japan and worked at a computer company. She still enjoys working with computers.

Michiko started working at ISS in 2011. Since she has had the experience of being an international student also, she understands many of your concerns. She enjoys talking with international students from all over the world; she feels this gives her a taste of having visited any number of exotic places.

Michiko and her husband have two Golden Retrievers. Her hobbies are playing computer games, watching movies, and learning about languages and places.


Ana Farias - Office Admin / International Student Advisor

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