Sunday, February 24, 2013

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT]: Part 1—University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder Campus View [Source: University of Colorado Boulder]
General Information:
Approximately 3,600 courses in 150 fields of study
·       78 bachelor’s degrees
·       56 master’s degrees
·       53 doctoral degrees
·       4 Nobel laureates
·       1,138 tenure/tenure track faculty
·       1,027 other instructional faculty
·       1,326 research faculty
Student Body (Fall 2011)
·       29,884 on-campus degree-seeking students
·       24,757 undergraduate students
·       5,127 graduate students
·       46% women
·       54% men
·       16.9% minorities
·       4.9% international students
·       College of Arts and Sciences
·       College of Engineering and Applied Science
·       College of Music
·       Graduate School
·       Leeds School of Business
·       School of Education
·       School of Law
·       Environmental Design
·       Journalism and Mass Communication
Top Ten Undergraduate Majors
·       Psychology 
·       Integrative Physiology
·       International Affairs
·       English
·       Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
·       Environmental Studies
·       Political Science
·       Economics
·       Studio Arts
·       Finance
Cool Fact
The only public university in the United States to design and build instruments that have flown on NASA missions to every planet in the solar system (as well as Pluto)
International Student and Scholar Services
2249 Willard Loop Drive, Suite S355
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0123
Phone: (303) 492-8057
Fax: (303) 492-5185

Life in Boulder, CO as an International Student:

Boulder, Colorado is not only a well-known college town; it’s also known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and healthy lifestyle. Every year Boulder has been voted as one of the best places to live and study in America by national magazines, travel guidebooks and education websites such. You can also take advantage of the many recreational facilities offered by the University of Colorado Boulder and the city of Boulder. The University of Colorado Boulder has a vibrant community and hosts many extra-curricular activities, lectures and festivals throughout the year.

Also, the International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS) office supports all international students at CU-Boulder by providing advice on immigration, employment, cross-cultural adaptation, academic policies, and campus resources. ISSS conducts an international student welcome session before the start of each semester and works with CU International, a student-run club, to organize a variety of social events during Welcome Week. ISSS also sponsors multiple programs and activities geared toward international students throughout the year, e.g., a weekly international coffee hour.

Academic Support
The campus offers a broad array of academic support options to students, including tutoring within the residence halls; specialized advising for majors and within special groups such as health sciences, high achievers, and for students who need help in certain areas; organized group study sessions; tutoring; a writing center for consultations; and individual consultation with faculty members.

There are many options in housing that you can explore. Your options include University Residence Halls, University Family Housing, and Off-Campus Housing, which includes apartments and houses. 

Career Services
At the University of Colorado Boulder, preparing for a successful career begins at the undergraduate level. Undergraduate students can participate in ground-breaking research, have opportunities to present at conferences, and have their work published—giving them a significant advantage as they apply for jobs, graduate school, and prestigious fellowships.

Additionally, the career services office helps students in their professional development and job search processes. Services provided include career and internship fairs, career counseling, job and internship listings, testing services, and job search coaching (resume/curriculum vitae writing, networking, interview preparation).

Funding Opportunities
Funding and scholarship opportunities for international undergraduate students at CU-Boulder are limited. The best sources of funding for prospective undergraduate students will most likely be your home country (both government and nongovernmental sources). Plan ahead and begin your search for alternative funding sources as early as possible (12-18 months prior to enrollment). However, CU-Boulder does provide several merit-based scholarships, which are highly competitive. Make sure to check requirements and deadlines before applying. 

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