The University of Colorado Boulder is a 4-year, public institution that offers certificates as well as bachelor’s master’s and doctorate degrees. The academic year is organized by semesters, one in the fall and one in the spring, with the option to take summer classes. This section will expand on terms and norms seen in the U.S. classroom.
U.S. Classroom Culture
At CU Boulder, class size can vary from lectures of 200 or more students to smaller classes of 10-20 students. In general, if you are in a big lecture, there will also be a required small discussion called a recitation or for some sciences courses, a laboratory component. While large lectures are common for introductory classes, smaller classes are more common in the following years. Participation is often expected, including class discussions and asking questions. Your grade may depend on your level of participation in class.
A class syllabus is a guide to the course with rules and classroom expectations. Every class you take at CU Boulder will have a syllabus. In the syllabus, you can find expectations and information about:
English Language Resources for Non-Native English Speakers
English language support resources include classes for credit, non-credit classes, workshops, on-line resources, in-person writing guidance, conversation groups, and tutoring
The University Libraries
The University Libraries on the CU Boulder campus has the largest library collection in the Rocky Mountain region—more than 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audio-visual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and electronic resources. Our libraries offer tons of research and academic services, dedicated librarians, modern and comfortable study spaces, coffee shops, and more!