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International Activities in the Denver/Boulder Area

On-Campus Activities

  1. Looking for ways to share your experience with the Study Abroad office? Check out the Returning Students web page.
  2. CU Boulder Returnee Email forum: We have set up an email discussion list for students who have returned from study abroad programs. This will make it easier for you to communicate with each other about your re-adjustment back to the U.S., to share information about ways to go abroad again, and to look for roommates, people to go hiking with, etc.
  3. Conference on World Affairs at CU Boulder: The Conference on World Affairs, originally founded in 1948 as a forum on international affairs, expanded rapidly in its early years to encompass the arts, media, science, diplomacy, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, medicine, human rights, and so on. Each April, 110 participants representing a wide range of backgrounds gather in Boulder for a week-long discussion and debate in over 200 panels, plenaries and performances. Conference participants discuss issues on an impromptu basis.
  4. Conversation Partners: The International English Center at 303-492-5547 (1030 13th St.) needs help from native English speakers to provide conversation practice to those learning English.
  5. English Conversation Lunch Group: This group is looking for English speakers. Bring your own lunch and share conversation with international students, scholars and their spouses. This is a great way to meet people from all over the world! Contact the CUE for more details, time, and location.
  6. The International Affairs Club sponsors various speakers on world issues and participates in mock U.N. sessions among other activities. Contact the International Affairs Department for more information at 303-492-7295.
  7. The International Film Series brings international films to campus.
  8. International Student and Scholar Programs: Contact the CUE if you are interested in any of these activities:
    • International Coffee Hour: keep your international experience alive through conversation and coffee with other globally-minded students, faculty, and staff. The group meets every Friday during the school year from 4:00-5:30pm across from Baby Doe's in the UMC Grill. Free refreshments, no reservations required.
    • CU International: an organization devoted to providing opportunities for international and American students to get together on an informal basis. Weekly activities are posted on their website. Members help out at the new international student welcome event, organize activities for students, and are available to help answer questions about life at CU
    • International Student Guide: mentor and help incoming international students adjust to life at CU Boulder during their first 3 months after arriving on campus.
  9. International Student Organizations: There are several student clubs for students from various countries (e.g., the Japanese Student Club, Turkish Student Association, etc.). Contacting them is a great way to meet students from these countries and to find out about activities they organize. For a complete list of student organizations, visit the web site.
  10. For information on language tables, clubs, and other activities, look in the Colorado Daily for further information.
  11. Language Clubs/Lunch Tables at CU Boulder: Check with the following departments for the opportunity to stay involved:
  12. Peace & Conflict Studies: The Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) serves students interested in the cross-disciplinary study of peace development and conflict management.
  13. Sigma Iota Rho: The national honor society for International Affairs majors always seeks new members. Membership eligibility requirements are 1) overall GPA of 3.3 with 3.4 in the major, 2) junior-standing, and 3) 21 or more credit hours in International Affairs course work. Contact the International Affairs Department for more information at 303-492-7295.
  14. Spanish Ambassador Program: Become a representative for the Spanish Embassy at CU Boulder. Recruit students who might be interested in studying in Spain. They are looking for students who have a deep knowledge of Spain and its culture and who can offer the following profile:
    • Fluent in Spanish
    • Proactive personality
    • Motivated and committed for 1 or 2 years
    • Great social skills
    • Interested in Spanish People and Culture

Off Campus Activities

  1. Participate in your Study Abroad Provider's Alumni Programs: Many study abroad providers offer returnees tips on "reverse culture shock", reintegrating into the community, and ways to stay involved with your provider or other students from your program. Check out the links below for information on your provider's alumni program. (Please note that not all providers have alumni programs.)
  2. African Community Center: Their mission is to help refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver through supportive networks of people, services and community activities. Their vision is to be an integrative center of multicultural exchange where community members feel a sense of belonging and actively contribute to an inclusive society.
  3. Alliance Française de Denver: Francophiles may want to call 303-831-0304 to check out activities at 1420 Ogden St, Denver.
  4. Bilingual Tutors Needed: Check with the Volunteer Resource Center at 303-492-7632, UMC 317.
  5. Boulder County Justice System: Volunteer as a Spanish-English interpreter. Oral and written fluency of Spanish required, and some knowledge of the justice system is helpful. Contact the volunteer program at 303-441-3718 for more information.
  6. The Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language Program (CRESL) serves adult refugees who have recently resettled in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs.
  7. Denver Sister Cities: Become involved with Denver and the global community by volunteering at DSCI. Activities include presenting one of the ten Sister Cities to area schoolchildren with the City in a Suitcase program, organizing a youth delegation to a Sister City, planning a pen pal exchange between Denver and Sister City youth, coordinating a fundraiser, and even just helping with a mass mailing!
  8. International Gateways: This website enables you to access the announcement and event notices as well as contact information for the ethnic, cultural, and international organizations and businesses from across Colorado.
  9. The Italian Consulate in Colorado provides a list of American-Italian organizations in Colorado.
  10. Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, Inc. is a Colorado non-profit corporation. Their main office is in Denver. There is also an office in Pueblo serving Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Their mission is to advance the economic success of Latino families. They accomplish their mission by offering entrepreneurial training and small business planning; job training, placement and career counseling; GED and English as a Second Language classes; education, wellness and youth leadership activities; and community development
  11. Museo de las Americas is located in the heart of Denver's Santa Fe Art District, the Museo de las Américas was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit museum that is committed to preserving, presenting, and promoting the art and culture of the Latino people. Through innovative exhibitions and collections, bilingual programs, educational activities and special events, the Museo educates its public in the richness of Latin American arts.
  12. Watch TV! Stay current on world events through CNN, the BBC, or other international news sources.
  13. Attend international film festivals in Denver or Boulder.