Events and Programs
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services offer a variety of programs to meet the needs for international students and scholars at Colorado State University. Through these programs, we hope to aid international students and scholars to adapt to life in the United States, to become active in student life, and to later graduate from CSU and move on to the professional world. In essence, we hope to actively build connections between the international and U.S. communities on campus. Explore the programs below to find out which programs best meet your needs!
NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION—mandatory to all new international students; provides useful information to help international students better adjust to life while studying at Colorado State.
CULTURAL MENTORS—U.S. American and International volunteers who help lead new international student orientation and aid new international students with their transition to CSU.
DAY IN THE MOUNTAINS—mandatory for all new international students—spend a day in the mountains building friendships, exploring culture, and learning more about Colorado.
ACADEMIC SKILLS WORKSHOPS—these workshops are brought to you by TILT, The Institute for Learning and Teaching. Topics include building test taking skills, plagiarism, time management skills and more!
INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS 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. You may now apply for OPT no more than 90 days before your desired start date. You also have up to 60 days after your completion date to apply for OPT. Please attend an OPT session for the latest information.*
CELEBRATION OF GRADUATES A celebration of students graduating in Spring, Summer or Fall. Students from the Office of International Programs and the Student Diversity Programs and Services are invited to celebrate their achievements, the family, friends, and mentors who have supported them in their journey, and the richness of diversity they bring to Colorado State University.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLUB—come meet new friends every Friday at the International House (1400 W. Elizabeth). You do not have to live in International House to attend.
WORLD-WIDE DANCE PARTY—experience the rhythms and learn the moves to dances from around the world.
COISA CUP- A day-long event of Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer tournaments. Bring your game face!
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL/WORLD UNITY FAIR—a 59 year old tradition where internationals have the opportunity to share their culture with Fort Collins!
U.S. AMERICAN FOOTBALL 101- Learn about U.S. American Football before going to actual home games. It is part of the U.S. American Culture as well as a CSU tradition. We will have a workshop where we will learn the basics of football, and then we will go to the game and route the Rams to a win!
U.S. AMERICAN CULTURE NIGHT- A weekly event where we engage and learn about American Culture, this past semester, we watched the sitcom "Friends" and learned about slang and American lifestyle.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS—25 student organizations that represent their countries or cultures or languages. Start your own group today!
COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS-COISA is the represented organization for all international students. COISA acts as the governing and coordinating body for international and national groups at CSU.
FORT COLLINS INTERNATIONAL CENTER PROGRAMS—the official non-profit organization for the Office of International Programs. This all volunteer-run organization provides a variety of programs and services, including the International Friendship Program, an outdoor program, an international speakers’ bureau, English Conversational Classes, and an International Women’s Club.
START YOUR OWN STUDENT ORGANIZATION- 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.
VOLUNTEER-The Fort Collins International Center is the official non-profit organization and volunteer base for the Office of International Programs. Since 1967, volunteers have provided the Fort Collins area with programs and activities designed to build friendships and develop understanding among people from around the world. To find out about volunteer opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-491-7398.