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 to the 2019 Griswold Scholarship recipients, Emilyn Sarah Bell and Jessica Egnatovich!




Becker Award Nominee, Barbara J Stallings, poses with Mark Hallett.

See the 2019 Max & Peggy Becker Lifetime Volunteer Award Recipient, Barbara J Stallings, and learn more about her impact on and contributions to the International Community in Fort Collins.

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!

Daniela Navarro

Hi! My name is Daniela Navarro. I am a triple major studying journalism, International Studies and Spanish. I moved to Colorado in 2006 from California, where all my family still is. I decided to stay here because the mountains are gorgeous and people are so friendly.

I really love to travel and took CSU’s study abroad opportunities and went to Spain and Peru! It was amazing and in coming back I decided to get involved with the international community. It’s amazing to see how hard CSU and Fort Collins works to help the international community feel welcomed and supported. I love to learn about different cultures, its very humbling and amazing to see how many ways people interpret and experience life.

I’ve been involved in many organizations on campus, some of which include; Rams Conversation Partners, Global Ambassadors Student Programs, Las Comadres Latina Support Program, Reporting for the Collegian, and much more. Through the enjoyment of these organizations I was led to my position at the Office of International Programs as their Publicity and Website Coordinator.

Prathmesh Dinanath Kale

Hello! My name is Prathmesh Dinanath Kale and I am from Mumbai, India. I came to Colorado to pursue my Masters in Electrical Engineering in Fall 2018. Although I was born in India, I have grown up in Dubai.

Transition to Fort Collins was very smooth due to the hospitality of the people here. The weather is beautiful and much better than the hot and humid climate back home. In my free time, I like to cook or play football (Soccer).

Previously I worked as a Student Supervisor at Braiden Dining Hall. Currently, I am working with International Student and Scholar Services in their Programming team. I am also the President of Indian Students Association from 2019-2020.

Shruti Parab

Hey! My name is Shruti Parab. I am from Mumbai (India). I came to Fort Collins a year ago as a Computer Engineering Masters student. Moving out of home for the first time was an amazing experience and CSU had a role in welcoming me.

I love Fort Collins and CSU because of the warm and welcoming vibes and the amazing people I have met here. I love nature and Colorado is beautiful in that aspect.Going on hikes, camping, fishing and white water rafting I have ticked quite a lot of things off my bucket list.

Meeting people from the community and all over the world, learning about new cultures and understanding their experiences is what brought me to the Office of International Programs.

Hussain Alabdullah

Hello! My name is Hussain Alabdullah and I’m from Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. This is my senior year doing my bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, in addition to a minor in mathematics. One day, I hoped to travel and explore the world. Therefore, I did not hesitate when I got the opportunity to do so and received a scholarship from my government, so I decided to study in Colorado.

Colorado, Wow! This place became my second home. I love this place because it offers me so many chances to explore myself and how the world is beautiful. Snow, Hiking, skiing, snowboarding are some of my favorite activities to do here. Colorado’s nature and mountains views always attracted me and got me to master my photography and videography skills. As a vlogger, I am working on my YouTube Vlog and it will be launched soon.

Colorado State, what a lovely place. It affected my life in many positive ways. I love how multicultural it is, therefore, I was able to create many everlasting friendships. Not only have I learned so much in my studying, but also how to get involved with many people and communities. My love to help international people led me to be a cultural mentor. This opportunity allowed me to help students feel welcomed and comfortable in a new country. Currently, I am working in the Office of International Program and it opens endless windows to explore different cultures.

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.