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:
Learn more about ISSS Programs and how to get involved by exploring the pages below!
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!
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!
Hello there! I am Gaurav Harshe and I moved here to Fort Collins in the fall of 2016 to pursue my Masters in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in VLSI System Design and Testing. I grew up in the sea level city of Mumbai, India and it was quite a transition to move to Fort Collins, which has a very different weather pattern and altitude.
I am enthusiastically involved in activities that I feel one with like painting on various canvases, listening to classical music and enjoying science fiction movies (with some popcorn) along with being helpful and giving back to the society in any way that I can. I like understanding various cultures and diverse perspectives from people around the world, which led to me to work here at the Office of International Programs.
CSU and Fort Collins is a wonderful community to live in and learn as you journey to your dreams and my time so far has been nothing but a joy-filled roller coaster ride. My current involvement is with the premier professional Electrical and Electronics Institute where I serve at the Southwestern USA region and help with Student Activities, Conference Organization, and in general lead the interactive training program for volunteer leadership development.
Mandatory for all new international students; provides useful information to help international students better adjust to life while studying at Colorado State.
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!
Come meet new friends every Friday at the International House (1400 W. Elizabeth). You do not have to live in International House to attend.
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!
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.
This weekly social gathering is a great way for international women to build community. Every Friday morning, the Women’s Club spends time getting to know each other and discussing a different topic. Kids are welcome!
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.
BASKETBALL 101 (February)
Each spring, Basketball 101 brings international students into the heart of campus life and American culture through an inside look at CSU basketball.
WORLD UNITY FAIR (March)
Spring 2018 will celebrate the 64th year of this fantastic CSU tradition that exposes CSU and the 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 BREAK TRIPS (March)
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.
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.
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.
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.*
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.