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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: Beginner - intermediate

Studying at the University of Colorado at Boulder 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 want to improve their language skills while exploring the cultural and outdoor sites in and around this picturesque mountain town would be ideal for this program. SAF Scholars who have demonstrated an interest in a variety of academic fields that a comprehensive university can offer, an openness to global cultures and a love for nature should also apply.

Other Programs at University

SAF Scholars may also participate in an academic program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Other Comparable Programs

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (August – December)
Fall + Winter Quarter (August – March)
Spring Quarter + Summer (March – August)
Spring Quarter + Summer + Fall (March – December)
Spring Quarter + Summer + Fall + Winter Quarter (March – March)

Program Strengths

The Intensive English Program at the International English Center organizes special cultural and community-based field trips and  excursions to Boulder, Denver and other important Colorado destinations. These include visits to museums, national and state parks, local farms, theaters, art galleries, restaurants and other cultural points of interest. In this environment, SAF Scholars have lots of opportunities to socialize, learn new skills and develop their English fluency and confidence.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week


Number of Levels

8 levels (4 lower and 4 higher levels)

Elective Courses Offered

  • Lower Level Electives: Grammar Foundations, Life Skills, Pronunciation Foundations, Speak Out, Sports & Nutrition; Vocabulary & Idioms
  • Higher Level Electives: Academic Vocabulary, Business English, Communicating about Math, English for STEM, English through Video Presentation; Test Prep, US History and Culture, Volunteering

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.

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