Events and Programs

What are the programs, events, activities & trips offered to CSU international students? 

Explore the tabs below or the right side-bar to see the events that ISSS plans, as well as the different ways international students can get involved. To get the latest information on upcoming activities, events, and programs, you can:

 

  • Visit the Fort Collins International Center website
  • Connect with a Cultural Mentor, who will let you know about all the upcoming events!

 

Learn more about ISSS Programs and how to get involved by exploring the pages below!

Meet the ISSS Programming Team!

Catie Wakefield

Hi there! My name is Catie Wakefield and I was born and raised here in Fort Collins, Colorado. I’ve always enjoyed exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains, playing and watching all kinds of sports and volunteering with all the amazing programs here in Fort Collins.

My favorite place to be is in the water- in a lake, pool or on the beach. I also love to read both fiction and non-fiction, and write a bit as well. On the weekends, I enjoy going up camping, going on a picnic or just spending time with family and friends.

With proud CSU alumni among my family and friends, I am excited to be studying at Colorado State University. My major is Political Science, concentrating in U.S. Government, Law and Public Policy. I am also working towards a minor in Legal Studies. After CSU, I hope to go to Law School!

Yaw Kyeremeh-Dapaah

Hi there!  My name is Yaw Kyeremeh-Dapaah.  I was born in Accra, Ghana, which is a country in West Africa.  My major is Criminology and Criminal Justice with a double minor is Political Science and International Development.  I plan on becoming a Private Investigator and also hope to go to Paralegal School later.

My hobbies are listening to music, watching soccer, and shopping for clothes.  My favorite food is waakye.

I am a people’s person and I am very passionate about helping people.  I also like planning and organizing events.  I like to spend quality time with family and friends.  I am proud to be a CSU Student.

img_2313Aurelia Isenbart

Hello! My name is Aurelia Isenbart and I am from Stratton, Colorado, an extremely tiny farming town.  Because I grew up on a ranch, I love animals and have so much respect for agriculture.  As you can guess, there wasn’t much to do in the bustling metropolis of Stratton, so I developed a love for sports early on.  I have played volleyball and basketball since I was a young child.

I was raised in the gym, so that is where I feel most at home.  If I’m not playing sports, I enjoy coaching and watching them. I love sharing may passion for athletics with children.  On the weekends, I love to spend time with my family and friends and take a break from my busy schedule.

Having several CSU alumni in my family, I could not be more proud to be a CSU Ram, myself.  After changing my major a couple of times, I have finally (hopefully) declared a major in English Education.  I hope to teach middle school English and coach and eventually get into school administration!

 

 

 

 

New Student Programs

 

NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
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Mandatory for all new international students; provides useful information to help international students better adjust to life while studying at Colorado State.

CULTURAL MENTORS

International and American students volunteer to help new international students and scholars transition to life at CSU. After helping with orientation they host a variety of events and activities open to the whole international community. Attend some of these events or apply to become a Cultural Mentor yourself!

 

Events & Activities

 

REGULAR EVENTS

FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB fac_new

Come meet new friends every Friday at the International House (1400 W. Elizabeth). You do not have to live in International House to attend.

CULTURAL MENTOR PROGRAMS

International and American students volunteer to help new international students and scholars transition to life at CSU. After helping with orientation, they host a variety of events and activities open to the whole international community. Attend these events or apply to become a Cultural Mentor yourself!

OUTDOOR PROGRAM

Each month, the FCIC organizes outdoor activities for all interested students and community members. The aim of outdoor activities is to provide an active and fun environment for students and community members to enjoy the beauty of Colorado and surrounding states on occasion together.  Activities vary from hiking and skiing to snow-shoeing and river rafting trips.

WOMEN’S CLUB

This weekly social gathering is a great way for international women to build community. Every Tuesday morning, the Women’s Club spends time getting to know each other and discuss a different topic each week. Kids are welcome!

FALL SEMESTER

FOOTBALL 101 (September)

Learn about U.S. American Football, a popular part of American Culture as well as a fun CSU tradition. In the workshop you can learn the basics of football, and then we will go to a home game together and cheer on the Rams to a win!

WEEKEND IN THE MOUNTAINS (October)

This retreat for new international students is often named as one of students’ favorite memories of their time at CSU. Spend a Saturday & Sunday in the mountains building friendships, exploring culture, and learning more about Colorado.

WORLD UNITY FAIR (November)kuwait guitar

Fall 2016 will celebrate the 63rd year of this fantastic CSU tradition that exposes the CSU and greater Fort Collins community to the world through our own international students. Join an international student organization for the opportunity to share your culture with thousands of people, and experience what the other cultures have to offer!

SPRING SEMESTER

COISA INTERNATIONAL DANCE PARTY (March)

Each spring, COISA hosts their popular International Dance Party with food, a DJ, and the chance to learn dances from around the world. International student organizations take turns throughout the night to teach their culture’s popular dance moves. You don’t want to miss this!

CHILDREN’S MULTICULTURAL CARNIVAL (April)cam

Each April, a number of offices around campus collaborate to host a wonderful day of multicultural fun & games for CSU students with families as well as families in the Fort Collins community. Whether attending with your family or helping as a volunteer, we know you’ll love this day of culture, creativity & kids. This year, it was held Sunday, April 12, 2016 from 3-5pm at the LSC Grand Ballroom.

COISA CUP (April)

Each spring, COISA hosts a day-long athletic tournament open to all international students. Sign up for basketball, volleyball and soccer, and bring your game face!

Academic & Professional Workshops

 

ACADEMIC SKILLS WORKSHOPS

Want to excel at Time Management? How about Note-Taking? Overcoming Procrastination? Then attend one of the 50-minute academic skills workshops starting this week! Check out the full schedule of free workshops that take place every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 4, 5 and 6pm respectively.

U-TURN

Are you on track to meet your goals? Your GPA can affect your future. Whether you have a “U” now, or you want to make the Dean’s List, this event is for you! Come to U-Turn to get a personalized plan that will connect you with the academic resources you need to turn this semester into a success!

For one day, all of the people at CSU you need to talk with will be in one room. No being sent all over campus–over 45 campus representatives will be there to talk with you. Information on this event, co-hosted by CASA and The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT), is here.

CAREER SUCCESS SERIES

Workshops developed to build leadership skills and aid in the career process; includes workshops on Optional and Curricular Practical Training (OPT/CPT). *Please note that there have been several changes to the immigration regulations regarding OPT. Please attend an OPT session for the latest information.*

TAX WORKSHOPS

Each spring, the ISSS brings in Glacier Tax Prep to educate students on the basics of taxes. We also provide some informational materials as well as free software to help you complete your taxes; contact Paul.Collier@colostate.edu for the access code.

CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH CLASSES

The FCIC offers weekly conversational English classes open to anyone who wishes to join; no need to register, just show up. Weekly classes during the academic year offer help with language skills, insight into American customs, and a place to share cultural experiences.

Involvement Opportunities

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Would you like to bond with students over a specific culture or country-group? Then join one of our many international student organizations, or attend one of their annual events!

START YOUR OWN STUDENT ORGANIZATION

Are you interested in a specific educational, professional, social, recreational, cultural area and want to start up a group to provide services, resources, and activities? Begin you own official student organization through the SLICE office, and receive funding and resources to help bring your vision of your group to fruition.

COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS (COISA)

This student organization aims to represent all international students. They host a number of annual events, such as the International Dance Party and COISA Cup. New members are always welcome to help out with these & other fun COISA events!

GLOBAL AMBASSADORS STUDENT ASSOCIATION (GASA)

Global Ambassadors are CSU International Students who share their culture with classrooms and community groups. You will also enhance your resume, practice your presentation skills, meet new people and make new friends. Everyone is welcome to become a speaker!

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS PROGRAM

Would you like to build some relationships off campus and get more invested in the Fort Collins community and American culture? Then we encourage you to sign up for this program, which pairs you with a Fort Collins family or individual who is committed to sharing their lives with you. You can expect to get together with your International Friend for activities or holidays at least once a month.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Become and important partner in the well-being of your community. More than 62 million people volunteer each year in the U.S., and we hope you’ll try it out, too, and see what keeps people coming back to help!

Scholarships & Awards

William J. & Jean S. Griswold Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarship awards are given to Colorado State University students each spring. Applicants may be undergraduate or graduate students, international or American, enrolled full-time for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship is awarded based on extent and depth of contribution to the greater Colorado State University international community and to the academic field of history. All students with one year or more of study at Colorado State University, including sophomores, juniors, graduate students–as well as both American and international students–are encouraged to apply.

Max & Peggy Becker Lifetime Volunteer Award

Office of International Programs Honors the efforts of Volunteers

Each spring, the Office of International Programs and Colorado State University seeks to recognize an outstanding community volunteer (individual or couple) who has worked closely with the Office of International Programs toward continuous efforts in the area of international outreach over the last two years. The recipient will be recognized for significant lifetime volunteer acts that have helped promote international education and understanding within the larger CSU and Fort Collins community. Examples include organizing international awareness events, assisting with international student activities, volunteer leadership involvement in non-profit international organizations, and repeatedly helping international friends/guests or showing exceptional compassion as a global citizen. The recipient will be recognized by the Office of International Programs at the Fort Collins International Center’s Volunteer Appreciation Party.