There are many reasons to study English and prepare for university in Utah. Here are just a few of the top reasons:
1. The People
The people of Utah are kind, friendly, and open. They love to talk and speak a pretty standard dialect of American English. They are very curious about people from other countries, and many of them have experience living in other countries and learning other languages. They would love to talk with you about your culture. People from Utah are also very active. They love running, hiking, camping, and all sorts of sports. This love of activity has led Utah to having one of the lowest obesity rates in America. People from all over the world come to study in Utah, so there are clubs where you can meet people of your own nationality if you want to feel more at home in a foreign country.
2. The Weather
Utah has four distinct seasons. The summer is perfect for heading to the lake or the river. Fall is perfect for hiking and enjoying the changing colors of the leaves. Winter is perfect for skiing and other snow sports, and spring is perfect for enjoying the blossoming flowers and trees, and going for hikes.
3. The Scenery
Utah has the third highest number of national parks in the country (5). With Arches, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks scattered around the state along with countless other state parks, forests, and even the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah is easily one of the most beautiful states in in the United States.
4. The Cost
The cost of living in Utah is below the national average in all categories and far below that of other states like California, New York, or Virginia. According to the money section of HowStuffWorks.com, Utah is one of 10 US states listed as having the lowest cost of living in the US.
5. The Safety
Utah is also in the bottom 10 (out of 50) when it comes to violent crime. Utah’s violent crime rate is less than half that of the states with the top 10 highest rates.
6. The Food
Amazing food can be found all over Utah. Like most large American cities, you can find restaurants serving almost any food from all over the world. Utah even has international markets where you can buy food from your home country. In Salt Lake City alone there are European, British, Southeast Asian, Korean, Chinese and Latino markets, just to name a few.
7. The Nature
Utah is perfect for stargazing, hiking, biking, and camping. There are forests and waterfalls, lakes, and rivers. All over the state, there is a diversity of nature to be experienced.
8. The Sports
Utah is home to some professional sports teams as well, like the Utah Jazz (basketball) and the Real Salt Lake soccer team. Many of the universities around Utah also have sports teams, most notably The University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Salt Lake City even boasts a minor league baseball team, the Salt Lake Bees.
9. The Adventure
If you’re a fan of adventure, Utah is the place for you. You can go rock climbing, canyoneering, parasailing, skiing, rafting, boating, hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, etc. Utah even has the Bonneville Salt Flats where many land speed records were broken. If you have a car and want to see how fast it goes, you can find your way onto the flats and give it a try.
10. The Education
You will get an amazing education here. With a population of friendly, native-English speakers who love to talk and get to know new people, you will have plenty of opportunities to practice. Utah is also home to two nationally ranked universities with some of the top programs in business and medicine. Along with these are at least 6 other great universities in a safe environment surrounded by the beautiful nature and scenery that Utah has to offer.
Selnate prepares international students from around the world for college and university in the US. This includes English proficiency tests such as the TOEFL as well as advance graduate admissions test such as TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT.