CU-Boulder Tries To Bridge Cultural Gaps For Growing Number Of International Students

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

With foreign student enrollment steadily growing at the University of Colorado, officials are busy bridging cultural gaps on campus and in classrooms -- with efforts including everything from "football 101" workshops to a CU psychologist who keeps regular hours in the international affairs office.

Enrollment of international students at the Boulder campus has grown 30 percent over the past five years, said Larry Bell, director of international education.

This fall, there are 1,643 degree-seeking students with student visas, an all-time high for the Boulder campus, Bell said. Of those students, 556 are new this fall.

CU has several programs to help international students acclimate. Some are informal, such as a Friday afternoon coffee hour in the University Memorial Center, where American and international students mingle. The event has grown in popularity, with sometimes 250 students attending, Bell said. The Boulder Friends of International Students also links local families with international students to help foster friendships.

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