International Orientation

New Students become International Rams:

This year, over 100 new international students will attend International Orientation on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 15 & 16, 2017. Orientation is required for all newly-admitted international students, scholars, and exchange students at Colorado State University–learn more about it below.

Additionally, the New Students webpage features useful information, including the Pre-Arrival Guide. This is a pre-arrival guide from the Office of International Programs. At Orientation, you will:

  • Learn about Ram History and Tradition!
  • Orient yourself to the many resources and services on campus.
  • Become familiar with university expectations and legal requirements.
  • Learn how to comply with immigration regulations pertaining to your visa.
  • Understand CSU academic expectations and learn classroom success strategies.
  • Build relationships and learn how to get involved with the community.

Tip: The Cultural Mentors are student volunteers who will be helping out with Orientation all week. Get to know these students and how you can connect with them today at the Cultural Mentor Program webpage!


Graduate Students:

The Office of International Programs will be communicating with graduate students about International Graduate Orientation. This webpage is the best resource for all your Orientation needs. Email with any questions and browse below for links to Registration, Schedules, and more.

Check back later in spring for registration for International Graduate Orientation.

If you can not arrive in time to attend Orientation on August 15 & 16, you must sign up for Make Up Orientation.

Undergraduate Students:

The Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) website will be your primary resource for information about Orientation. They will communicate with you through email about the schedule and how to register–look for emails from OTP to sign up!

If you can not arrive in time to attend Orientation on January 10 & 11, you must sign up for Make Up Orientation; sign-up will be available soon.

INTO CSU Conditionally Admitted Students

Conditionally admitted students who are beginning classes at INTO CSU, please refer to INTO CSU Orientation. If you are matriculating from INTO CSU to become a fully-enrolled CSU student, then attend Orientation for International Students–see above.


Mandatory Immigration Document Review

All new international students and scholars are required to complete a mandatory Immigration Document Review shortly after arriving in the U.S. Learn more about this requirement here.

Arrival Date

Please arrive for Orientation the weekend before, on Saturday or Sunday, January 7 or 8. Remember to make sure you have temporary housing for your first few nights, if needed!

Top Ten Benefits of Orientation

  1. Meet the international student advisors, who can help you understand your visa type and how to remain in a legal immigration status.
  2. Learn about Fort Collins International Center, a community non-profit working with our office to help you feel welcome and get involved both on campus and in the community.
  3. Experience a home-cooked meal in an American home at a Community Welcome Dinner.
  4. Make friendships with other new international rams and the Cultural Mentors.
  5. Receive resources on navigating the U.S. academic system.
  6. Hear first-hand about the free campus services available to you, such as the Health Network, CSUPD, and more.
  7. Jump-start your involvement in student life by exploring the Resource Fair.
  8. Purchase basic necessities and learn how to navigate Fort Collins on the shopping and public transportation trips.
  9. Learn how to get your RamCard, use your CSU email account, buy books, open a bank account, and more.
  10. Have your questions and concerns answered by a network of people who are here to support you.

For more information please contact Bronwen Watts, Assistant Director of Programming, at 970-491-5919 or