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Cultural Adjustment


One of the goals of The International Center is to help international visitors and their families adjust to living in a new and different environment. To that end, we have developed several programs designed to help visitors and their families become acquainted with the community, meet local families, improve their English skills, and find a welcoming social environment. Details of these programs are listed on this page.

We would also be interested in your ideas for improving existing programs or starting new programs you feel would be of interest to the international community. Please feel free to contact our office with your questions and ideas.

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Programs for International Visitors and their Families

Cross Culture Club

The Cross Culture Club sponsors English Language classes and activities to help U.S. and International visitors meet and learn from one other. The Club is committed to crossing cultural boundaries by providing points of interaction between Americans and International visitors. There is also a Spousal English Class which helps beginners with English. Activities include field trips and social activities every month. The Cross Culture Club is a great way to get involved with the international community and meet new friends.

International Women's Association (IWA) Campus

Women from all over the world are invited to join this association which provides a place for friendship and learning, and ensures that all international women, whether students or not, are welcomed into the U of U community. Enjoy social and cultural activities, service projects and professional development workshops. Contact us at

Friendship Family Program

The Friendship Family Program allows you the opportunity to become acquainted with an American family and experience American culture. Your Friendship Family will benefit by learning more about your country, language and culture. The International Center will connect you with a family and together you can plan events and engage in typical American activities and holidays. Apply to the Friendship Family Program Application (PDF).

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Writing and Language Resources

There are many writing and language resources available locally. Check Writing and Language Resources to see which program may best fit your or your dependents needs. Check directly with the Program in which you are interested to see if you are eligible and charges are, if any.

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Tutoring Services

Please check tutoring services (PDF) for the tutoring centers available on campus.

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Other Clubs and Organizations

ASUU, The Associated Students of The University of Utah

ASUU is the University Student Government. ASUU oversees all student clubs and organizations.

Lowell Bennion Community Service Center

The Lowell Bennion Community Service Center has many volunteer and service opportunities. Students can help others, learn, and make friends at the same time.

International Café

The International Community is invited to the International Café every Friday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Building 601 (Fort Douglas Duplex). Please join us to relax, meet new people and connect with the international community at the U.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation Department provides free recreational activities for students and scholars, including exercise rooms, swimming pools and gymnasiums. Also, check out Intramural Sports activities and Outdoor Programs.

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Last Updated: 7/28/17