About the Utah Asia Campus and Summer Program

Each Summer, the University of Utah ECE department invites a select group of students from the Utah Asia Campus for a two-week tour of the Salt Lake Campus. As a part of their visit, students will stay in on-campus housing. Each day, they will meet a variety of ECE faculty to learn about their research labs and current projects. Guided private tours of the Utah Nanofabrication lab, Blackrock Neurotech, Adobe, Texas Instruments, and other labs are another highlight of this experience. Students will also have the opportunity to travel to the State Capitol and one of Utah’s beautiful National Parks to see the landscape and learn about the history of the State of Utah. This is an unforgettable experience for students in their academic journey as they prepare to eventually complete their studies here in Utah.

Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of this annual trip is to provide students from the Utah Asia Campus a chance to meet faculty from the ECE Department, get an in-depth preview of the laboratories and research opportunities available to them as a junior, senior, or graduate student in the program, and familiarize themselves with the Salt Lake City campus and surroundings. We want students to feel prepared and excited for their transition in moving to Utah to complete their BS or MS degrees.

Academic Requirements

To be eligible for the summer trip, you must be admitted into the ECE program. You can find instructions at this link:


As a part of the program, in-depth discussions will be given about the differences between Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering majors. This trip is designed to help offer support and guidance as you decide which major is the best fit for you.

Passport and Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) Visa

As a South Korean national, you will only need ESTA visa for this summer trip. You can apply for this here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ => “Create New Application” => “Individual Application”.  It might take up to three days for processing, so please apply for it as soon as possible.

Visitors traveling to the U.S. are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in the U.S. Citizens of some countries may be exempt from the six-month rule; you can view the list of exempt countries here.

When entering the US, you should state that you are there for visiting/vacation, NOT for educational purposes. You are not receiving course credit or an education certificate for this program, thus you can list touring or vacation on your entry forms. Otherwise, you may be held up at immigration and miss your connecting flight to Salt Lake City.

Visa U.S. Point of contact:

Randy McCrillis, Ph.D.
Dean of Students, Utah Asia Campus
Executive Director


You will need to purchase travel insurance at www.insubuy.com For two weeks of coverage, it is around $20.

For Minor students under 18 years old

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requests written consent from both parents or the parent who is not accompanying the minor for minors (those less than 18 years of age) traveling to the U.S. alone or accompanied by only one parent.

This written consent must be in English. Note that if written consent is not provided when requested by an immigration officer during screening for entry to the U.S., the minor may be detained until his or her situation and safety can be confirmed. You can view the details here.

All transportation related to planned activities, including airfare, travel to and from the airport, and to the National Parks is included. Housing and most meals are also included in the initial cost of the activity. Students will be expected to cover part of their meals, mainly breakfast and dinners. We suggest bringing around $500 to cover your personal meal costs. If you plan on traveling around the city in your free time, you will need to bring money for your own personal adventures. There is an inexpensive light rail system to travel the city, or Ubers and Lyfts available.

No; a majority of students who attend this trip are familiar with English and can understand basic conversational English language, but it is not required to have a perfect mastery of the English language to attend. Several faculty and staff who will be leading the events also speak Korean and can assist if/when needed.

Yes; students often enjoy shopping and buying souvenirs which are paid for by them with whatever extra spending money they have chosen to bring. You will also need some extra money to cover a portion of your meals.

Each day of the summer program has built in free time for students to explore the campus and city. Salt Lake City has an inexpensive light rail transportation system to get around for students wishing to explore the city with their free time.

Yes! If you have any dietary preferences or restrictions, please let us know and we are happy to accommodate.

During your trip, your address on campus will be:

University of Utah Guest House

110 Fort Douglas Blvd

Salt Lake City, UT 84113, United States


Primary contact phone number: Dr. Randall Mccrillis (Utah Asia Campus Dean of Students) +1 (970) 310 8175

2023 Summer Trip Schedule

Suggested Packing List

This is not a full comprehensive packing list, just suggestions on items you may need or want to bring.

Travel Essentials


  • Camera
  • Headphones
  • Books/Journal


Utah gets hot in the summer! During the middle of the day, temperatures can exceed 96° F or 35° C. Make sure to check the weather before your trip to pack accordingly. We suggest light, comfortable clothes and one or two light jackets in the event it rains or gets cooler at night.

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Comfortable Clothes
  • Light Jacket
  • Sun Protection (hat, SPF, sunglasses)
  • Optional: swimsuit

2022 Visit Photo Gallery

Scroll through to view the photos from the 2022 UAC Summer Trip!

2021 Visit Photo Gallery

Scroll through to view the photos from the 2021 UAC Summer Trip!

Summer Trip Videos

Click to watch the videos from past trips on YouTube!

2022 Summer Trip
2021 Summer Trip