Published: March 7, 2017
International flags line pathway during Conference on World Affairs

There are wide variety of international student groups and programs on both the CU Boulder and CU Denver campuses. Take a look at the featured organizations below to get involved.

Hillel at CU Boulder

"We inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel—thereby making the world a better place. We build a Jewish community whose values enrich the lives of students during their college years and beyond. We feel that interfaith activities are very important for our community in light of the current fractious political climate that includes rising anti-semitism, anti-Muslim sentiment, hate crimes and divisive rhetoric. We must all be allies for each other, and we hope to reinforce that by fostering an interfaith/multi-denominational community on our campus and beyond."

Hillel is committed to:

  • Nurturing a student-led, staff-supported culture committed to excellence, innovation and accountability;

  • Creating a welcoming, pluralistic and inclusive environment for Jewish students and their guests;

  • Guiding students to live by the Jewish prophetic values of social justice (tzedek and tikkun olam);

  • Embracing Jewish learning and support for Israel and Jewish Peoplehood; and

  • Supporting students to anchor their lives in their deepest values to become tomorrow’s Jewish leaders.

Featured event
The Jewish holiday of Passover, which celebrates the exodus of the Hebrew people who were enslaved in Egypt, is coming up in a few weeks. Hillel is partnering with Jewish Family Services in Boulder to run a community food drive, as is done every year for this holiday. They are collecting food now until the holiday finishes (Tuesday, April 18) and appreciate any and all contributions. For more information, contact Hillel at the information listed below.

You can email Hillel, call at 303-997-7033 or visit their website for more information.

Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) at CU Boulder

"Our goal is to allow people to meet each other and to create a solid support system for middle eastern students. We also like to provide a platform for open discussion on current political issues, as well as cross cultural understanding."

Meetings are held every other Tuesday.

Featured event
MESA will be co-hosting a hijab/cultural fashion show with the Dennis Small Cultural Center (DSCC). The fashion show will take place on Wednesday, April 26, in the UMC Aspen Rooms. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 6 p.m. The fashion show will be followed by a reception with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

For more information, email MESA or visit their Facebook page.

Persian Student Organization (PSO) at CU Boulder

The Persian Student Organization "provides an opportunity for everybody and anybody to come together and make use of campus resources to properly represent the Persian culture, history and traditions" as well as issues pertaining to Iran "to help provide individuals with a greater, and accurate, understanding of Iran."

For more information, please ​email Diba Mani at or visit the PSO Facebook page.

CU International

CU International’s mission is to help international students, both in answering their questions and concerns about life on campus, and in organizing social activities where they can meet each other and other CU students. CU International aims to make life for international students in Colorado as comfortable as possible, and to provide international students with many opportunities to try new things and meet new people. During the week before classes start, CU International plays a key role in the international student Welcome Week by helping with check-ins, sitting on question/answer panels, and organizing social events like coffee hours, dinners and bowling. During Welcome Week, CU International members make themselves available at most international events for any questions the new international students might have about adjusting to life in Boulder.

Meetings are held every Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Weekly events

  • International Coffee Hour: an event that happens every Friday at the UMC from 4-5:30 pm. Socialize with many other International students over free coffee, tea and snacks!
  • Where's The Food Friday: happens directly after coffee hour. A group of students go to a restaurant in Boulder. Great way to socialize and try new places! Check our Facebook page for more information.

Upcoming events

  • Potluck- March 17th from 6-9 pm in the Abrams Lounge in the C4C
  • T-shirt competition - designs a shirt for CU international and submit it to and the top 3 winners will get a prize!
  • Treasure Hunt - April 17th during International Coffee Hour


Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) at CU Denver

The University of Colorado Denver Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) consists of American Indian Student Services (AISS), Asian American Student Services (AASS), Black Student Services (BSS) and Latin@ Student Services (LSS). EOP provides vital links to the culturally rich and diverse community surrounding CU Denver and provides services to support underrepresented students and promote a diverse and inclusive campus for all students, faculty and staff.

American Indian Student Services (AISS)
American Indian Student Services welcomes students of all American Indian and Alaska Native heritages! AISS serves both students who are tribally enrolled and those who identify but are not enrolled in their tribes. 

Asian American Student Services (AASS)
Asian American Student Services offers a wide array of services and programs to support, engage and educate all students and specifically Asian American Pacific Islander students.

Black Student Services (BSS)
Black Student Services offers a uniquely-designed network of support services to assist students in all phases of their educational career at CU Denver. BSS subscribes to the concept of Jamaa II: “a second family away from home.”

Latin@ Student Services (LSS)
Latin@ Student Services strives to provide an inclusive environment that supports the intersectional experiences, diverse cultures and educational goals of Latin students a CU Denver. Email Jennifer Romero for more information.