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Global Connections

International student orientation and arrival services

August 2, 2010

The Office of International Program coordinates a comprehensive orientation program for new international students and scholars. It includes information on preparing for their academic experience, obtaining proper documentation and travel papers, settling in to Fort Collins, and accessing university services and resources.

We ask your assistance and support in communicating and reinforcing this vital information to our new arrivals, and in ensuring their participation. Thank you for your assistance and we look forward to working with you in making a smooth and successful transition for our international students, scholars and guests.

Mandatory orientation

New international students and scholars are required to check-in with the Office of International Programs upon arrival, and students must attend the MANDATORY International Student Orientation Program on Aug. 19 and 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Johnson Hall 222. Lunch is provided each day, and international students are required to attend both days.

International students must also attend the regular orientation programs provided by the university. If they are undergraduate students, they will attend Preview Orientation on Aug. 17 and 18 (www.otp.colostate.edu), where they will register for classes if they have not already through the remote advising system. If they are graduate students, they will attend Graduate Student Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 19 from 9-11 a.m. in the Lory Student Center Theater.

During orientation week we also provide a number of other services for our new students including:

  • temporary and permanent housing assistance
  • shopping trips
  • campus tours
  • evening social activities
  • community welcome dinner

Most afternoons are left open for students to attend to personal or academic matters such as; meet with their academic advisor, search for housing, complete placement tests, open bank accounts, explore Fort Collins, etc.

For details about orientation/arrival services for international students (including a schedule) please visit http://wsprod.colostate.edu/cwis30/2007/isss/index.asp?url=orientation.

As international scholars arrive throughout the year, a mandatory Orientation for International Scholars occurs every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to noon in Laurel Hall.

DIA Shuttle Service – Green Ride and Super Shuttle

Students and guests are encouraged to use the Green Ride or Super Shuttle from DIA to Fort Collins. We encourage students to place an online reservation for their pickup at http://www.supershuttle.com or http://www.greenrideco.com. There are several drop recommendations in Fort Collins depending on time of arrival. If arriving between normal office hours (M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) we recommend Laurel Hall, the CSU Transport Center on campus, or a personal location. The Best Western University Inn is the closest hotel to CSU and an option for students arriving on weekends or outside of office hours.

Students, who miss the last shuttle to Fort Collins, will need to stay overnight in Denver at a hotel near the airport, at their own expense.

University offices are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 pm. Arrivals on the weekend or after 10 p.m. on weekdays must make arrangements to stay in a local hotel at their own expense, unless other accommodations are made given a 3-day prior notice to the Office of International Programs.

Temporary accommodation

1. Home-stay Program: The Office of International Programs works with Fort Collins International Center volunteers to provide free temporary housing, for up to five nights, with a local family as students first arrive and search for permanent accommodation. Requests for a Home-stay family MUST be made at least one week prior to arrival by completing a Temporary Housing Request Form and returning it to the Office of International Programs. Forms can be found at:
http://wsprod.colostate.edu/cwis30/2007/ISSS/index.asp?url=temp_housing.

If you are interested in being a Home-stay Family to new international students please e-mail nancywalker62@gmail.com.

2. Local hotel: Students must make their own arrangements.

3. Student nationality groups: Students could contact their nationality group to arrange temporary housing. For a complete listing of contacts visit us online at
http://wsprod.colostate.edu/cwis30/2007/ISSS/forms/international_student_orgs.pdf.

4. Residence Halls officially open on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 8 a.m.

Permanent accommodations
1. On-campus apartments

a. Residence Halls: officially open on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 8 a.m. Contact Residence Life at (970) 491-4719
b. Apartments - Lory Apartments, International House, University Village, or Aggie Village: Contact Apartment Life at (970) 491-4743.


2. Off-Campus Housing: Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. The best resource for Off-Campus Housing is available through http://www.ocssral.colostate.edu. They can search for local accommodations at www.rentalsearch.colostate.edu. They will need to create an eID and password to utilize this service. They can log on to http://ramweb.colostate.edu to create an account.

The Office of International Programs does have a Cultural Mentor Team, a group of student volunteers, who will be able to give one-on-one assistance to international students hunting for housing. The Cultural Mentors will be available starting August 11th. International Students who need some extra help finding housing can come by the office to meet with a Cultural Mentor during business hours (8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.) from Aug. 11 through Aug. 20.

Other resources and services for international students


Community Volunteers

The Fort Collins International Center is a community volunteer organization officially recognized by the Office of International Programs, providing weekly and monthly activities and outreach to international students, including a weekly International Friday Afternoon Club, Outdoor activities, Friendship Families, and much more. Contact Jenn at (970) 491-5919 for more information about how to get involved with this organization or visit www.fortcollinsinternationalcenter.org.

Student Volunteers

The Cultural Mentors are a group of U.S. American and International student volunteers who help lead new international student orientation and aid new international students with their transition to CSU. For more information about the selection process and the requirements of the Cultural Mentor Program, please visit http://wsprod.colostate.edu/cwis30/2007/ISSS/index.asp?url=cultural_mentors.


Contact: Jenn Christ
E-mail: Jennifer.Christ@colostate.edu
Phone: (970)-491-5919