CU-Boulder's International Students Carve Out A Campus Community

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Normally a loud, chaotic place jammed with tens of thousands of students, the University of Colorado's Boulder campus settles into a quiet calm on Friday afternoons as those same students flee their stressful weeks.

Yet at around 4 p.m. each Friday, the University Memorial Center's first-floor dining area attracts scores of students hoping to kick off their weekend with a cup of coffee, a pastry and some conversation.

CU International's weekly coffee hour consistently brings together about 200 international students -- more than 13 percent of the university's total foreign student population.

This year, the free coffee and laid-back atmosphere has drawn a record crowd of students to the weekly

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