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Utah is centrally located in the Intermountain West and often is called the “Crossroads of the West”. The name “Utah” comes from the Native American “Ute” tribe which means people of the mountains. Its easy to understand why when you see what Utah has to offer. Utah is home to 40 state and 5 national parks, 12 national forests, 7 national monuments, 2 national recreation areas, and many more nationally preserved sites including historical and wildlife refuges. Utah also has over 11,000 miles of fishing streams and 147,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs. 

Utah is not only a dream for anyone that loves the outdoors, but is also ranked as one of the best states to live in because of its safety and quality of living. Utah is home to over 25 colleges and universities within a 30 mile radius. It has a state wide goal to have an honorable 66% of adults acquire a college degree by 2020 therefore making it easy to explore the possibilities of your education for life after learning English at Lumos!

Salt Lake City gets its name from the Great Salt Lake, which is about 4 times saltier than any of the world’s ocean. Salt Lake City also has the 2nd fastest growing economy in the nation and Forbes Magazine recently named it #1 in Business and Careers. Many world-class companies are located here, including eBay, Microsoft, and American Express. Utah has also been ranked as one of the best cities in the country for small business with approx. 57,000 of them supporting the state’s growing economy.

Orem is situated in between Provo, Lindon, and Vineyard and is about 45 miles (72 km) south of Salt Lake City. Orem uses the slogan “Family City USA.” In 2010 Forbes rated it the 5th best place to raise a family.  Also, Time magazine rated the Provo-Orem area as the best place to live for spiritual well-being, due to a high population of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Orem sits in between BYU in Provo, Utah and Utah Valley University in Orem making it a perfect location for anyone wanting to study at either of those schools after learning English.

There are a wide variety of activities that Utah has to offer. Everything from music and cultural festivals, farmers markets, ski resorts, museums, ghost towns, hot springs, the world famous Sundance Movie Festival, award winning Shakespeare Festival, Temple Square, Antelope Island and so much more! Lumos tries to keep keep our students informed of cultural community activities through our Facebook & Instagram Pages.

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