CU International - CU International is a group of student volunteers who arrange activities for international students and scholars. Their members include both international and domestic students. Newly arrived international students usually first meet CU International members during check-in at ISSS. They also plan dinners and other events where new students can meet each other. Throughout the academic year, CU International continues to set up weekly dinners at a different location each time, known as "Wednesday at Somewhere." They provide support and service, to international students experiencing sudden and unusual difficulties. CU International leadership team can also be reached at their email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to answer questions you might have about student life or if you just want to chat with a current student.
Another CU International weekly event offered throughout the academic year is the highly popular International Coffee Hour. On Friday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., when academic year classes are in session, all CU students, scholars, faculty, and staff are invited to an informal gathering in the University Memorial Center (UMC) across from Baby Doe's. Bring a friend! Great people, great conversation, free refreshments! No reservations are required. This recurring event is co-sponsored by the Office of International Education, the UMC and the CU Parents Association. Questions? Call 303-492-8057 and ask for an ISSS adviser. For information about CU International events, see the ISSS Facebook. (www.facebook.com/ISSSCU)
Festival - Held in mid-April, the International Festival is a celebration
of the many cultures and countries represented on the CU-Boulder campus. International students showcase their countries
and cultures through displays, performances, and samples of food. Several thousand people attend the Festival each year. The
Festival is organized by a committee of international students at CU-Boulder,
with the guidance of an ISSS staff member. To join the organizing committee,
contact Becky Sibley at email@example.com.
Boulder Friends of International Students - BFIS is a non-profit organization founded in 1948 and is composed of many people from throughout the Boulder area. The organization's members host international students while they study here by taking them to events in the area, inviting them to dinner, or taking them on trips. They help students adjust to life in the US and learn about American customs; they are also interested in learning about the students' countries and cultures.
BFIS matches students with members of the Boulder community. A friendship host could be a couple with or without children, or a single person with or without children. Students do not live with their hosts. In the traditional BFIS option students and hosts get together from time to time for dinner, picnics, holidays, conversations or other activities. In the BFIS Dinner Network, students meet their host for a single dinner; they can choose more than on host. Participation is voluntary.
Please complete the BFIS Student Application Form if you would like a host family. A member of BFIS will send you a letter with information about your host when he/she finds a host for you. You can contact your host when you get the information. BFIS will try to match you as quickly as possible, but you may not be matched before you arrive in the U.S. If you have not received a letter with information about a host before you arrive, please ask an international student adviser when you check in at ISSS.
The Conversation Partners for Spouses - Through this program, your spouse can meet with other spouses and a volunteer in order to practice English. This is a great way for spouses to learn and meet each other. For information after you arrive, contact Jan Donovan at (303) 530-9230.
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