CSU’s Visiting International Program (VIP)

A short-term study program at Colorado State University

After more than one hundred years of welcoming international students, Colorado State University is extending its welcome to international undergraduates who wish to study at CSU for one or two semesters.

The Visiting International Program (VIP) is designed for international students who plan to graduate from their home university but who want the experience of study and campus life at CSU.

Why Choose CSU?

  • CSU ranked in the top tier of public and private universities in U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges and Universities.
  • CSU ranked in the top 200 World Universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Index.
  • CSU enrolls undergraduates from all 50 states in the U.S. and 79 foreign countries

Where? Fort Collins, Colorado

  • Population: 131,000
  • 100 Kilometers north of Denver
  • Average sunny days per year: 300
  • Fort Collins was ranked first in “Best Places to Live in America” in 2006 by Money Magazine¬†
  • Fort Collins was also ranked as one of the top places to live in 2019 by Forbes Magazine

How much?

Students pay nonresident tuition and fees and are eligible for all student fee services including the CSU Health Network, Recreation Center, Housing, Career Center, and more. For the most up to date tuition, living and fee estimates please refer to our estimated expenses guide at: 2019-2020 Estimated Expenses.

Will class credits transfer?

The VIP program allows you to take classes at CSU that will transfer back to your home University. While all classes are not guaranteed to be open, there are hundreds of classes to choose from over a wide variety of disciplines.

Where will you live?

At CSU, you can choose from a full range of living options that speak directly to your interests.
Students accepted into the VIP Program are responsible for arranging their own housing. We strongly advise you to arrange your living accommodations before you arrive in Fort Collins.

  • Residence Halls

    There are 13 residence halls at CSU with meal plan options.

  • Campus Apartments

    Single and family apartments available in four complexes

  • Residential Learning Communities

    An integrated academic and social learning experience in a residence hall setting.

  • Living Off Campus

    Students find housing in the Fort Collins Community.

What will you study?

Colorado State offers more than 150 undergraduate programs in eight colleges. Eligible students enroll as full-time students, taking a minimum of 12 credits. Students may also take intensive English courses with other academic courses.

What determines eligibility?

Academic Study Only

    • Holds a GPA equal to 2.75 or greater on a 4.0 grading scale.
    • Has completed at least one year of college level academic work.
    • Holds an IELTS score of at least 6.5 or a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper) or 79 (iBT) or completion of the CSU Intensive English Program (IEP) for clear admission.

Intensive English and Academic Study*

    • Holds a GPA equal to 2.75 or greater on a 4.0 grading scale.
    • Has completed at least one year of college level academic work.
    • Possess an IELTS score of at least 5 or a TOEFL score of at least 450 (paper) or 45 (iBT).

*Academic study can begin only as determined by the IEP placement test and level.

Course Registration

A full listing of courses can be found at this web site. Upon admission, students will be advised about course registration procedures.

Visa Information

Students are issued a DS-2019 immigration document for use as a J-1 Non-Degree Student.


Fall Semester, June 1

Spring Semester, November 1

VIP Application Process

Application Information

How to apply online

Steps for admitted VIP students

For more information

Printable VIP Brochure