Events and Programs

Explore the tabs on the right side menu 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 also:

Special Announcements

Congratulations graduating students! View important graduation information here.

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!

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.

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.


Academic & Career Workshops


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.