Salt Lake City (SLC) Campus Transition
The two semesters spent on the Salt Lake City campus, which are required for all undergraduate students, are a critical part of your experience as a Utah student.
In addition to a wide variety of classes, the SLC campus also has numerous student groups, free events, and campus services available to you as a U student.
Off campus, the city of Salt Lake boasts some of the best outdoor activities, such as hiking and skiing, in the world!
There are lots of reasons to be excited for your time in Salt Lake.
When can I go?
Many students choose to complete their final two semesters of coursework at the SLC campus. However, there may be some additional requirements depending on your major.
Civil & Environmental Engineering majors
- Students are required to spend their 6th & 7th semesters at the SLC campus, and have the choice of returning to the UAC for their 8th semester, or continuing to graduation at the SLC campus.
- Students who wish to begin internships or work in the US after graduation are strongly advised to complete their 6th, 7th, and 8th semesters at the SLC campus.
- Students are required to take a Fall --> Spring OR a Spring --> Fall sequence at the SLC campus. No major courses are available during summer.
- 5000-level courses are not available during summer
- Summer semester at SLC is not recommended for Communication majors. Students wishing to spend a summer in SLC are advised to complete all their Communication major requirements prior to the summer.
Film & Media Arts majors
- Majors with the Film Production emphasis are required to spend their final two semesters in Salt Lake with a Fall --> Spring sequence
- Summer classes are limited to Animation Production courses.
- Students interested in applying for the Human Factors certificate will need to complete both a fall and spring semester at the SLC campus. This can be in a Fall --> Spring sequence or a Spring --> Fall sequence. Any students interested in the Human Factors certificate should contact the Psychology Advisor (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
- Summer semester at SLC is not recommended for Psychology majors.
Urban Ecology majors
To be updated
What if I want to complete an internship in the US?
In order to complete an off-campus internship in the US while you are enrolled at the SLC campus, you will need to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)* through the International Students and Scholars Services Office. CPT is only available after completing two consecutive, full-time semesters in the US. Therefore, if you want to complete a summer internship in Salt Lake City, you would need to transition to the SLC campus for a fall and spring semester in order to become eligible for a summer internship.
You can read more about CPT here: https://internationalcenter.utah.edu/forms-publications/documents/CPT%20Student%20Policy%20Guide.pdf
*CPT is not required for internships that are part of the established curriculum and required of all students in the major to graduate.
If you want to complete an internship in the US after graduation, you will need to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). In order to be eligible for OPT you will need to have completed two consecutive semesters at the Salt Lake City campus and must be attending the SLC campus in your final semester. More information about OPT is available here: https://internationalcenter.utah.edu/forms-publications/documents/Policy-Guide-Post-Completion-OPT.pdf
How do I get started?
Once you are on track to complete 72 credits, the International Services Coordinator will reach out to you directly to confirm your plans to transition to the SLC campus. If you are interested in going to Salt Lake before completing 72 credits, be sure to reach out to the International Services Coordinator ahead of time. The transition process takes a semester to complete, so be sure to plan ahead. Below is a basic timeline for how the process works:
Starting at SLC in the fall:
- Early March – first mandatory meeting
- End of March – Transition Form and I-20 documents due
- Early April – Housing application due
- Mid-April – class registration
- End of April – begin applying for student visa
- End of May – final mandatory meeting
Starting at SLC in the spring:
- Early September – first mandatory meeting
- Early October – Transition Form and I-20 documents due
- Late October – begin applying for student visa
- Early November –Housing application due; class registration begins
- End of November – final mandatory meeting
Starting at SLC in the summer:
- Mid-January – first mandatory meeting
- Early February – Transition Form and I-20 documents due
- Mid-February – Housing application due (summer housing); begin applying for student visa
- Mid-March – class registration (summer classes)
- Mid-April – class registration (fall classes)
- Early May – final mandatory meeting
Note: The maximum number of credits that students may complete at the UAC is 90. Once you complete 90 credits, a hold will be placed on your account and you will no longer be eligible to register for classes at the UAC until you have spent at least two semesters in Salt Lake City.