The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), Postdoctoral Association of Colorado (PAC) Boulder and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) are available to help international postdocs acclimate to life in Boulder and to being a postdoc in the U.S.
ISSS, under the Office of International Education (OIE), helps international scholars with questions regarding their legal status or other related concerns. ISSS is located in the Center for Community (C4C) room S355 on the Main Campus. ISSS advisers are available for drop-in help from 9 am – 5 pm (4:30 pm in the summer), by phone at 303-492-8057, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Postdoc Association created the International Postdoc Survival Guide to better inform international postdocs. The guide was compiled by members of the former International Postdoc Committee with the expert assistance of university international offices and postdoctoral offices, as well as an immigration attorney. It draws on the experiences of current and former postdocs who have traveled to the United States to do their postdoctoral training.
As a new international employee, you must consult with an international tax specialist to help you fill out the appropriate paperwork (please see the below links for information and scheduling). The amount of federal and state income taxes you need to pay and whether you need to pay Social Security or Medicare taxes will vary depending on your resident status, marital status, and whether you have dependent children, among other factors.
There are a number of resources on- and off-campus to help your language skills (please note that the OPA cannot endorse any non-CU resources).
- Writing Center
- Community Resources
- Academic Sucess Resources
- English as a Second Language Resources
- Clear Talk Mastery
- Doorways English School for International Women, 303-570-4793
- The Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) offers English Language Development for children who speak English as a second language. See a list of participating schools.
The BCIV hosts community events for international visitors to the Boulder area and their families, and also prepares a monthly newsletter of events and activities.
The Graduate Teacher Program (GTP) offers an Intercultural Workshop series that may be of interest to international postdocs or postdocs with an interest in teaching.