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Chalimar SwainWelcome from Chalimar Swain,

Director, International Student and Scholar Services

Welcome to the University of Utah!

Thank you for choosing the University of Utah! The U international community includes over 2,500 international students and more than 400 scholars. We are proud to be ranked in the top 100 world universities, and we invite you to take advantage of all that Utah has to offer while you’re here: from top ranked academic programs at the U, to urban amenities like cuisine from around the world, to world famous ski resorts and breathtaking scenery in Utah’s national parks.

As the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the U, I invite you to consider our office your “home away from home”. The International Student and Scholar Services office serves as the primary campus contact for international students, scholars, and alumni. Our professional staff is ready to support you throughout your U experience, whether you have a question about your visa, are interested in getting involved with the campus, have questions about university policies, or just need someone to talk to who understands what it’s like to be adjusting to a new culture.

Please browse our website for information, contact us, or visit us. We would love to hear from you!


The International Student and Scholar Services office fosters and supports a global campus community as part of the University of Utah's transformation into a global university.


The mission of International Student and Scholar Services is to support the academic, research, and community service mission of the University of Utah by providing opportunities for all students, faculty and staff to incorporate an international, cross-cultural and global dimension into their academic and professional lives.

  • It seeks to foster and support a positive, interactive learning environment for international students and faculty through programming and services.
  • It supports the concept of the global community through an international network of individuals with academic and economic ties to Utah.
  • It promotes institutional and public awareness of the value of international educational exchange.


International educational exchange constitutes the mobility and interaction of students and scholars across borders and cultures. The International Student and Scholar Services office believes international educational exchange develops global competence and other essential skills and awareness to be successful in today’s interconnected world and global society.

Last Updated: 7/9/18