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University of Colorado at Boulder

Program Overview 

Location: Boulder, Colorado
Culture: Student-centric, outdoorsy
Neighborhood: Scenic, suburban/rural
Housing: On-campus apartment
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

Studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Bolder) is an exciting opportunity that provides students with new experiences that prepare them for their future careers and studies. Here is where scholars can build an expertise in a subject, gain international experience and have access to leading faculty and research opportunities.

At CU Boulder there are many ways for you students to gain global experience and find support within the campus community. With more than 3,000 international students from more than 100 countries, SAF Scholars are exposed to a variety of cultures and diverse perspectives both in and out of the classroom.

The scenic city of Boulder sits 5,430 feet above sea level at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Boulder enjoys 300 plus days for sunshine a year and moderate weather, too. These traits make Boulder an ideal city for outdoor enthusiasts, where students enjoy walking, hiking and biking through 300 miles of trails and 45,00 acres of open space.

Student Profile

SAF Scholars who thrive in a competitive academic environment and who are intellectually curious and involved students would be ideal for this program. Those who have demonstrated an interest in a variety of academic fields, an openness to global cultures and a love for nature will enjoy their experiences at CU Boulder.

Other Programs at University

SAF Scholars may also participate in a language program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Other Comparable Programs

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (August - December)
Spring (January - May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

At the beginning of the program, students will take a placement test to determine their level placement.
To meet the English language proficiency requirements and progress to an academic semester, SAF Scholars must complete the highest level at the IEC (Advanced 2), with a total GPA of 3.0, and a final grade of B- or higher for their final session.

Program Strengths

The renowned International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) department at CU-Boulder is a major asset for international  students in the program. The staff organizes one-on-one advising sessions and help international students get involved on campus and in the community.

# of Credits (per term)

12 credits per term

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

Engineering students can register ahead of arrival--will be emailed directions to account.
All other students will register during orientation sessions.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

Some courses and departments have limited access. Therefore, SAF Scholars cannot enroll in the following courses prior to their arrival. However, if they choose, they can attend the course on their first day and check if there are any open seats and then obtain permission from the professor.
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
The following courses are impacted and are given priority to degree-seeking majors:
  • Architecture
  • Engineering

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses are not available at this time.


Housing Type

On-campus apartment


SAF Scholars are provided with 10 meals per week through university dining facilities. This will provide scholars with the opportunity to explore more options in the local community. Students may purchase more individual meals or increase their meal plan at their own expense.

Type of Room

Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

CU International is a group of student volunteers who host programs for international students that SAF scholars may join. The group members include both international and domestic
students. The group plans dinners and events throughout the year for students to meet each other. CU International’s programs are also designed to assist students in culturally adjusting to American university life. SAF Scholars are encouraged to participate.

Life on Campus

The campus at CU Boulder is a natural wonder. Right at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, there are plenty of outdoor activities around campus that will get students out in the fresh Colorado air. Also, Boulder boasts a vibrant arts and culture community, which makes it easy for students to find and participate in activities like music concerts, art exhibits and more

Last Updated: 1/9/19