I read an article the other day that made me think about past experiences here at CU. We have such great but non-American architecture to our campus, and the overall “vibe” that Boulder gives off is unanimously unique. Well, I’m still proud to be an American but I’m also proud of our school for being ranked No. 1 in the state for sending and receiving students internationally. Here’s the list for why it’s great we’re an international university.


  1. You may not realize but the culture of Boulder is far different than the majority of Colorado, and than our country. One of the main reasons as to why our university is culturally diverse and saturated is because of how awesome our study abroad programs are. Ok, we can do without the homeless people showering in our campus bathroom sinks and the “have you voted yet” people, but there are a lot of subtle cultural things and people throughout CU that make us unique.
  2. Here’s a big benefit; you get to make friends from all over the world! Not just the country, and I’m pretty sure I’ve made more out of state friends than in-state. I’m a CO native but I’m also the new minority. Plus, when you want to go traveling but don’t want to pay for hotels and food, you’ll have welcoming friends ready to be great hosts. This also opens up doors for life after college. Chances are, you won’t be staying in Boulder for work.
  3. The majority of students going to college have changed their major at least once. The reasons why this happens are far and wide but the fact is, our international programs provide more education opportunities to choose from. International programs promote varying types of work, and with the population size id say that’s a good thing.


The list goes on and on because our international education audacity has too many benefits to count. If you can’t take my word for it, study abroad somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit and if you’re not satisfied after, I’ll reimburse some of your tuition!