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!

Elena Arcaroli

Hello! My name is Elena and I’m from Rome, Italy. I first came to Fort Collins when I was almost 17 as an exchange student in high school and I loved Colorado so much that I decided to stay and go to college here at CSU. As of now, I’m a first-year undergraduate student studying Biochemistry and I hope to, one day, go to Med school and become a coroner!

I love Colorado because of the beautiful people that live here, the weather (except for the wind!) and the gorgeous views on my walk to class every day. I like to help the community through volunteering and spend time with my friends, mostly outside (when it’s not too cold!).

CSU is an amazing community, filled with great people and initiatives, and working in the Office of International Programs gave me so many opportunities to meet new people and learn about other cultures, I love it!

Deborah Ilangikwa

My name is Deborah Ilangikwa. I was born and raised in the Republic Democratic of Congo. I moved to Colorado in 2011. I’m a third year studying International Studies with a concentration in European studies and double minors in French and Legal Studies.

On campus, I am involved with fraternity and sorority life as a proud sister of Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority, Inc. I’m also a Resident Assistant at Parmelee Hall and I have worked with the office of Orientation and Transition Program for two years. I like to be involved on campus because it helps me grow as a person and provide me with more opportunities.

Gaurav Harshe

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.

Jennifer Fermin

Hello! I’m Jennifer Fermin from the Dominican Republic. I moved to Fort Collins in 2017 to start my program in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA. I grew up in Santo Domingo which is pretty sunny and warm all year and a generally vibrant city. Although we have mountains, is nothing like Colorado or the outdoor culture that is present here. This state also, became my second home and my family here are the friends I’ve made through the International Office’s programs.

I love meeting people from all over the world and understanding their cultures and that’s the main reason why I’m so involved with the International Office. Being able to support at least one person through their journey here in the US is extremely important to me because all of us should feel accepted and welcome.

I’m currently involved in the Cultural Mentor Program and as a Special Events Committee Leader for the Net Impact Organization, which allows me to organize cool events focus on social development and sustainability for people from different backgrounds.

Hi! I am Kamil Khan. I was born and raised in a small town in northern Pakistan, close to the Afghanistan border. We did not have power all the time, especially at night, and that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. With a clear view of the milky way, I instantly fell in love with astronomy (and science in general). This inspired my decision to get my bachelors degree in engineering and then later my move to CSU as a graduate student.

I have a dynamic set of interests. I love cricket, computer programming, graphic design, reading and sometimes writing. I love CSU because it gives me the opportunity to look beyond the boundaries set by nationalities, religions, and races. And it all comes together at the ISSS where I am lucky to be working!

New Student Programs



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!


Events & Activities




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!


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)kuwait guitar

Spring 2019 will celebrate the 65th 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!





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 in Fall! Check out the full schedule of free workshops. Other online resources await your attention!


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 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.

Involvement Opportunities


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 an 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.