Academics & Research

Researcher Xin Zhao in the South Pole

International education has been incorporated into the lives of many at the University of Colorado Boulder, enriching the academic, research, and cultural environment of campus and beyond.

During the 2011-12 school year, CU-Boulder will be home to more than 1,300 international students. An estimated one-quarter of CU-Boulder's undergraduate students will pursue an overseas study program or service-learning project. The Office of International Education sponsors more than 300 study abroad programs in more than 70 countries.

Degree Programs

Undergraduate programs: CU-Boulder's undergraduate education focuses on academic excellence, community outreach, global competency, and career readiness. CU-Boulder offeres 80 majors at the bachelor's level andmore than 30 concurrent bachelor's and master's degree programs. Learn more about Undergraduate Majors.

Graduate programs: As a top-tier research insitution, CU-Boulder offers 49 doctorial and 51 master's degree programs ina full rnage of disciplines. Our graduate students participate in the creation of new data, ideas, and techniques with professors who are actively involved in research and creative activity. Learn more about graduate degree programs.

International-Focused Academic Programs

Study Abroad Programs

The University of Colorado Boulder strongly encourages students to study abroad and can help you add international experience to your own college career while still graduating in four years. Studying abroad allows you to earn academic credit toward your CU-Boulder degree while taking courses in another country. Study abroad enhances your degree and career opportunities, and it can bring to light interests you never knew you had. CU-Boulder offers more than 300 programs in over 70 countries around the world.

Learn more about Study Abroad Programs

College of Arts & Sciences Programs

The College of Arts & Sciences is dedicated to providing a global liberal arts education for undergraduates, graduate education, and world class research and creative works.

College of Engineering & Applied Science International Programs

The College of Engineering & Applied Science focuses on developing programs to advance engineering for a global society and expanding opportunities for integrated and discovery learning to develop a more global learning environment

Residential Academic Programs (RAPs)

Residential Academic Programs (RAPs) provide you with a shared learning and living experience in a community setting.

Non-degree Programs for International Students

  • International English Center 
    The International English Center offers year round programs featuring intensive English as a Secondary Language instruction, business communications, combined with orientation to the university customs, academic preparation, and an introduction to lin in the United States. 
  • Short-Term Study: Summer Session
    Cu-Boulder offers more than 500 classes in a wide range of academic disciplines during Summer Session (May - August). Classes tend to be small and intensive and vary in duration from three to 10 weeks.
  • Short-Term Study: Semester or Year
    Undergraduate university students have the option of doing short-term study, even if there is no formal exchange program between the home university and CU-Boulder. Interested students must complete the admission application process as a full-time, degree seeking student, but can choose to stay for just one or two semesters.
  • College Ready Curriculum
    The College Ready Curriculum (CRC) enhances the International English Center's Intensive English Program (IEP) by providing international students with detailed instruction in the academic skills and American academic cultural norms students need to suceed in American higher education.

International Research

Each year, CU-Boulder faculty collaborate with researchers all over the world (and beyond it) on hundreds of research and creative efforts that cross virtually every academic discipline—from measuring ice melt in Greenland, the Arctic and Antarctica, to engaging in global business research in Beijing, China, to working to identify the effects of space travel through collaborations with foreign nations in the International Space Station. The breadth of our global engagement brings an continuous infusion of fresh knowledge and perspective to the campus, enhancing the CU-Boulder academic experience through visiting scholar exchanges that brings some of the world's best minds to engage in research at CU—and sending our own faculty and students to do the same in nearly every country across the globe.

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