4 ways to study abroad before you start classes at Colorado State

Going abroad is an opportunity many college students hope to have at some point in their college career. And, many who have experienced learning abroad will attest that it can stretch you in ways that traditional classes and learning methods cannot. But did you know CSU offers several opportunities to go abroad before even starting classes? Getting a chance to connect with other CSU students and see the world might be just what you need to get you in the college groove. Plus, attending one of these programs will get you three credits toward your AUCC (All University Core Curriculum) requirements.

Here are four ways incoming CSU Rams can go abroad before school starts in the fall.

#1: Ecuador

The Ecuador program is a 10-day experience for first-year students of all majors, who will be living and learning in the South American city of Quito. The group will function as a cohort, traveling to Ecuador together, experiencing the culture through local sights and teachers, and then traveling to the tropical Cloud Forest Reserve. Upon returning, the cohort will continue meeting for the first eight weeks of the semester to reflect and explore more about their experiences.

#2. Ireland

Get your green on in a whole new way with this 10-day adventure in Limerick, Ireland. This trip is open to all incoming undergraduate first-year students who have been admitted to CSU. Throughout the trip, you’ll live and learn with with a cohort of CSU students, exploring the country, meeting locals, and being fully immersed in the culture, history, and stunning countryside.

#3: Denmark (for Engineering and all STEM majors)

Incoming CSU first-year and transfer STEM majors gather in a small cohort for an amazing, engineering-themed program in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a part of this group, you’ll meet on campus in Fort Collins prior to your trip for an intensive week of learning before traveling to Copenhagen. Throughout your 10-day visit abroad, you’ll explore the culture and get a feel for the unique engineering accomplishments of the area alongside your peers and a CSU engineering faculty member. You’ll finish your session out in Fort Collins with some on-campus courses and meetings.

#4. Germany (for Engineering and all STEM majors)

Incoming first-year and transfer STEM majors can travel to Berlin, Germany, for 10 days prior to their first classes at CSU, exploring the rich culture and history alongside their introduction to engineering. Prior to the trip, the group will meet for an intensive week of learning, where they’ll gain foundational mechanical engineering knowledge, and get to know their fellow majors and instructors. When returning to campus, the group will meet for another four weeks to reflect on their experiences and continue their coursework.

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Learn more about these three Education Abroad programs to widen your horizons before you start classes.


Prairie Smallwood

Prairie Smallwood is a writer and content creator for the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. She is passionate about education and exploration, and knows that going to college can be both an adventure and an overwhelming experience. She aims to create content that helps students through that journey — the wonderful, the scary, and everything in between.