As you are aware, CU has shifted our work environment to mitigate the risk of exposure for students, staff, and faculty during the COVID-19 Outbreak. In light of this shift, International Affairs academic advisors, will be working both on campus (University Club) and remotely (Zoom web conference). All students should download and familiarize themselves with the Zoom application. Please check your Buff Portal Advising to see your updates from your IAFS academic advisor.
- Instructions on how to download and operate Zoom can be found here: https://oit.colorado.edu/tutorial/zoom-download-and-setup
- If you are unaware of how to use the Zoom tool, please check out the resources listed through OIT.
- If you are still having trouble downloading and setting up your Zoom account, please contact email@example.com and they should be able to help answer your questions.
- Zoom works best when operated on a computer, but there is mobile functionality.
- For university meetings, we request that students use a computer to maximize the utility of the application.
- “As an incoming student, what classes should I take?”
- After doing your online New Student Welcome experience, take a look at your degree audit and start to familiarize yourself with it. It will also help make sense with some of the suggestions below:
- IAFS majors: IAFS 1000 (4cr), Foreign Language (3-5cr), Natural Science (3cr), and WRTG 1150 (3cr). Other options: ECON 2010, PSCI 2223, PSCI 2012, Lower Division Literature and Arts.
- PSCI majors: PSCI 1101, PSCI 2004, PSCI 2012, Natural Science, and WRTG 1150. Other options: PSCI 2075, PSCI 2223, Lower Division Literature and Arts
- ETHN majors: A 1000- or 2000-level ETHN course that looks interesting to you, WRTG1150/1250, Natural Science or other GenEd class, courses to make up for any MAPS deficiencies (e.g. foreign language, Geography)
- Open Option: Look for classes that look interesting to you or hit on themes/topics you enjoyed in High School. Consider courses that also work for GenEd or MAPS deficiencies, especially foreign language if you did not complete three years of one foreign language in high school.
- “Is it too late to sign up for summer courses?”
- Continuing students can still sign up for summer courses outside of the Maymester through their MyCUinfo. If you are looking to take a Maymester course you must add it by the 3rd day of classes and I suggest going directly to the course to get added.
- Please be aware the drop/add schedule for Summer terms is much shorter! Check drop/add dates and other important dates on the Sessions Calendar page.
- “I am a continuing student who hasn’t registered for Fall classes or needs to make changes. What should I do?”
- Continuing students can enroll, drop, or adjust their Fall schedules up until mid June (exact deadline is in the academic calendar), so please do not delay! If you are worried about picking the correct courses, use your degree audit on MyCUInfo and do your best to choose classes you need. We will have time to go over it once I return if you have questions, and you will also be able to adjust your schedule during certain times in August.
- “I am going abroad in the Fall and don’t know which classes to pick!”
- Start by running a new degree audit on MyCUInfo and see what remaining requirements you have for GenEd (or CORE if on that plan), your major, and your degree overall. There is a searchable list of pre-approved courses on the Education Abroad website and you can narrow it down to your program, then check to see if any courses have already been approved to cover those specific requirements.
- If there are courses being offered by your study abroad program that are not on the list, you can have courses evaluated by submitting the online form and including a syllabus. Please note that there is a separate form for GenEd (or Core) and major course evaluations, and that the courses for the majors will be evaluated. This process can take 6-8 weeks.
- “How do I get a hold on my account lifted?”
- Please read carefully through the notes about your hold on MyCUInfo. It should let you know what the hold is for and which department or unit put the hold on your account; they are the only ones that can lift it. For example, if the hold is from the Bursar’s Office, then most likely you need to pay an overdue bill and can contact them with questions.
- Most likely you will not see an advising hold, but if you do have one and it is preventing you from enrolling, please contact one of the advisors mentioned above.
- New incoming transfer and first-year students may see holds related to requirements addressed in the New Student Welcome online experience. Most likely any hold will be put on later in the summer, but if you go through the online experience and complete all of the required tasks now, this will decrease your chance of a hold later.
First-year IAFS majors, please see your first-year advisor, which can be found on your MyCUInfo. We encourage you to check your IAFS advisor's webpage regularly (gold buttons at the top of this page) - these pages have walk-in hours and other useful advising information.
Here are a few helpful tips:
- Please check your email regularly. Advisor emails are going to your COLORADO.EDU email account.
- You can view who your IAFS advisor is by checking your MyCUInfo. If you do not have one, you may either visit walk-in hours of the advisors, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Also, you can make an advising appointment on the CU Advising webpage which will notify you of your advisor.