CU Denver offers over 30 faculty-led Global Study programs during Winter, Maymester, and Summer terms. These programs range from two to four weeks in duration, and from three to six credits. These programs are CU Denver courses, taught by CU Denver faculty, and all take place in another country. The credits earned fall under a predetermined CU Denver course number, so there is no need to worry about transfer of credit. Program availability varies from year to year.
CU Denver offers two Semester Programs: Bridging Global Divides in Berlin and Semester in Beijing. Our Bridging Global Divides in Berlin program includes two Political Science courses, a German language course, and an internship component. Students who take participate in Semester in Beijing choose their classes from a list of pre-approved courses including Communication, Economics, English, Political Science, Math, Philosophy, etc.
CU Denver Internship Programs Abroad
facilitate unpaid internships at a wide variety of organizations and companies in eight cities around the world: Santiago, Chile; Xi’an, China; San Jose, Costa Rica; Dublin, Ireland; London, England; Avignon, France; Singapore; and Seville, Spain. The Office of Global Education partners with in-country directors in each location who coordinate internship placements and housing for participants. Internships are offered during two six-week sessions beginning around mid-May and late June each year. Students receive academic course credit for the internships.2
Students may also study abroad on non-CU Denver programs offered by study abroad companies, commonly known as “third party providers.” Third party providers boast programs all over the world, for every major, and varying lengths of time (two weeks to an academic year). Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor in the Office of Global Education (OGE) to discuss recommended programs as well as the process for participating on a third party program. To ensure the transfer of study abroad credits back to CU Denver, OGE will facilitate the course approval process alongside students’ academic advisors, prior to students’ departure.
CU Denver is proud to be formally affiliated with the following study abroad providers. These providers were chosen as affiliates based on their outstanding reputation for high-quality international academic offerings and commitment to health, safety, and affordability. These providers prove the most popular choices among CU Denver students. As a student at an affiliate university (CU Denver), you may have access to special scholarships from the providers. Click on the logos below to learn more about each organization.
In addition to the Affiliate Providers listed above, CU
Denver has vetted nine other third party providers and added them to our
portfolio of study abroad choices for students. Click on the links below to browse
each provider’s program offerings.
SIT Study Abroad
DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia
Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA-Butler)
Semester at Sea (SAS)
Academic Programs International (API)
Non-Approved CU Denver Study Abroad Programs
OGE has invested
significant resources to offer a wide range of study abroad offerings that
reflect the diversity of our students' interests and meet their academic needs.
If a student feels strongly about participating on a non-CU Denver study abroad
program that is not on the university's list of affiliate or approved programs,
they must complete a “Petition for Non-Approved CU Denver Study Abroad Programs.”
This option is available only to students who meet the CU Denver study abroad
eligibility requirements and have a specific, clearly articulated academic need
that cannot be met by any existing CU Denver study abroad offerings. Petitions
must be supported by the student's major/minor or college/school advisor. For
more information, including deadlines and a copy of the petition questions,
Some students pursue international academic opportunities that do not fall into the above-mentioned categories of study abroad. These additional opportunities might include research abroad, international language schools, and clinical rotations for graduate students in the medical fields. All students going abroad for academic purposes must register with the Office of Global Education. In doing so, we can provide important health and safety resources such as international health insurance, safety workshops, and more.5
About the Program
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships abroad for one academic year to graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, scientists and artists. Program participants pursue graduate or professional study, advanced research, or English teaching in elementary and secondary schools or universities. Each year, approximately 1,600 Americans traveling to more than 140 countries receive support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Fulbright Grants for Research/Study and Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships Provide:
- Round-trip transportation to the host country
- Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country
- Book and research allowances
- Healthcare coverage
- Mid-term enrichment activities in many countries or world regions
- Full or partial tuition, in some cases
- Language or orientation programs, in some cases
The Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award
Candidates for the Fulbright U.S. student program in selected regions may apply to receive up to six months of additional intensive language training in eligible critical languages. The application for the Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is made in conjunction with the Fulbright U.S. Student application.
- Are recent college graduates, postgraduates, artists, scientists and other young professionals.
- Strive to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by learning from their hosts overseas while sharing American experiences with their counterparts.
- Represent the richness and diversity of the United States through their varied backgrounds, hometowns and academic institutions.
- Pursue research, teach English or undertake graduate study in a wide range of academic fields in over 140 countries.
- Use their international experiences as cultural ambassadors to enhance their academic and professional careers and become leaders in their fields.
Who should apply
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program seeks applications from highly motivated, open-minded individuals in any academic field and from any background. We evaluate candidates based on their cumulative experience and goals; there is no minimum undergraduate GPA requirement. It is not necessary to be enrolled in a college or university at the time of application.
Fulbright candidates should be flexible self-starters with a strong interest in promoting international mutual understanding. Above all, they should be capable of contributing to, and benefiting from, an intensive cultural exchange program.
- Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. (Permanent residents are not eligible.)
- Hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant. Applicants without a BA or the equivalent may also be considered if they have extensive professional study and/or experience in the field they wish to pursue.
- Submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
For more information on eligibility requirements, including ineligibility, please visit:
Application Process, Key Dates and Application Deadlines
CU Denver students and recently graduated CU Denver alumni must apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program by the CU Denver Campus deadline on August 21. After submitting an application, applicants are required to have a CU Denver Fulbright Campus Committee interview. CU Denver Fulbright Campus Committee interviews are conducted between August 21 and September 15 each year.
March: Application Opens
March – September: Meet with CU Denver Fulbright Program Advisor
August – September: Campus Deadline and Campus Interviews with CU Denver Fulbright Campus Committee
October: National Deadline
November – December: Fulbright National Screening
January: Initial Notifications
March – June: Finalist Notifications
Contact Fulbright Office
Location: The Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 883-8200