International Student Orientation
Welcome all newly admitted students - we look forward to seeing you soon!
The dates for 2017 International Student Orientation (ISO) are as follows:
Fall 2017 International Student Orientation (ISO) Program
Arrival/residence hall move-in for Global Scholars Program participants: Monday, July 17, 2017
Arrival/residence hall move-in for all other International students and Exchange visitors: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
International Student Orientation: Wednesday, August 16th – Friday, August 18th, 2017
(New Student Orientation begins Saturday, August 19th, 2017)
Orientation Schedule: Fall 2017: View the Schedule Here
At the beginning of each term, the Office of International Programs holds a mandatory orientation program for new international students. This program is designed to provide you with valuable information and facilitate your transition to Colorado College. By participating in the International Student Orientation, you will gain essential information about:
- immigration rules and regulations that affect your visa status
- student health services and health insurance requirements at CC
- academic and student life at CC
- campus and community resources
- living in Colorado Springs
- opportunities to meet other new international and domestic students at CC
Fall 2017 ISO Mentors
The ISO Mentor program at Colorado College exists to foster meaningful interactions between current CC students and incoming international students and exchange visitors. ISO mentors begin communicating with our new international students before they arrive on campus to help them prepare for what's ahead at CC. Throughout the fall semester, mentors continue to support these students by organizing events and serving as a resource for questions about U.S. culture and academic life at CC.
Each new international student will be assigned an ISO mentor who will assist you in your transition to life at CC. Meet your ISO leaders/mentors here:
Class of 2018
Hi All! I am Sandor, a rising Senior from Hungary! Due to my parents job, I have lived in Brazil, Venezuela, Hungary, Kazakhstan, and the US. I am a majoring in History-Political Science and minoring in Philosophy. I have been involved with ISO every year of my CC career: either as a participant or as a Leader/Mentor. I have also worked five different jobs on campus so far, so please feel free to reach out to me about questions relating to on-campus jobs. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know you all!
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate (preferably get a reusable 750-1000 ml water bottle).
2. Meet new people, and try to get out of your comfort zone.
3. Don't feel intimidated by the older international students, they are most likely just as curious about you as you are about them! Plus, they are probably willing to share some good advice if you ask.
Class of 2018
Hi! My name is Hamiyyet Bilgi and I am a Senior majoring in International Political Economy. I am from Kearny, New Jersey but my parents are both from Turkey. I have just spent the past year/summer interning in Dublin, Ireland and studying during the academic year in London, United Kingdom. In addition to being your International Student Orientation Mentor, I am a senior representative on Colorado College Student Government Association, active in the Speech and Debate team, participate in Concert Band, and enjoy exploring, reading, playing tennis, and ice-skating. I can't wait to meet you all and looking forward to sharing advice, laughter, friendship, and our journeys together at CC!
1. Take some time to create some goals for yourself that expand beyond "Doing well in school". What is that you want to achieve during your four years here? Take time to reflect what is YOU want. Do you want to travel to a new country? Learn a new instrument or language? Try your hands on water polo or another sport? Learn Pottery? Take time to create holistic goals both in and outside of academia.
2. When faced with a difficult situation never be afraid to ask for help!
3. CC has so many unique opportunities available in courses, extra curricular activities, trips, and opportunities. Challenge yourself by taking advantage of this: whether it's your first camping trip, rock-climbing, Geology course, or Dance Workshop!
Class of 2020
Hi everyone! My name is Ula and I’m really excited to serve as a mentor for the new international students! I was born and raised in Poland, and I finished my high school in a UWC college in India. This year I am starting my second year of college. My passion for travelling has taken me to many places all around the world, and currently I am studying Chinese in Shanghai, China. I love adventures and anything that involves being outdoors: hiking, cycling, the mountains, sun, and snow, or just laying down in my hammock. At CC, I am involved in many clubs and organizations, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Have a great summer and see you soon!
1. Drink lots of water! Colorado is on a high altitude, so it’s easy to get dehydrated!
2. Don’t be afraid to talk to people, everyone here is really friendly and excited to get to know you!
3. There are many resources on campus for students, and you can use them whenever you need help or support!
Chenyang (Crispy) Su
Class of 2019
Hello! My name is Chenyang Su and I am an international student from China. I am interested in sciences and I just declared Organismal Biology and Ecology major. I am excited to see how it will turn out! I am involved in the CC Nordic ski club, the Career Center and Chinese Student Association. I love to go to different activities on campus, such as plays, sports meetings and concerts.
1. It is important to have the courage to adjust and adapt to new cultures and to try to step out of your comfort zone.
2. It is okay to feel lonely or not understood because everyone will have a time of exploring.
3. Learn to utilize all the resources on campus.
Xuanyi Zoraida Hu
Class of 2018
Hello! My name is Zoraida, and I am so honored to serve as a leader and a mentor for the third year to welcome you all on campus! I am from Taiyuan, China, a small city located three hours to the west of Beijing. I came to Colorado for a private boarding high school, then continued my academic career in the same beautiful state. I will be returning to Colorado College this fall from my semester studying abroad in Edinburgh to finish my last year of college! I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at CC and all of the opportunities it has offered me! I am a Sociology major and an Education minor. I love getting to know people who come from different cultures and backgrounds! In the upcoming year, besides ISO, I will be working as an Admission Fellow, and serving as a member on the Honor Council. You will also find me reading a book or throwing a frisbee on Armstrong quad, and sipping coffee in Sociology Department located in Palmer Hall. I look forward to meeting with all of you!
1. Enjoy the 300+ days of Colorado sunshine and explore!
2. Don't ever be afraid to try new things or ask questions! There will always be someone you can get help from!
3. You will probably be nervous when you first get to the States, but remember everyone else, including the American students are as nervous as you! So don't be afraid and go mingle!
Pietro Giacomin Sanou
Class of 2020
Hello everyone, my name is Pietro Giacomin and I'm an international student from Costa Rica. I have recently declared my Computer Science major and contemplating Physics or Economics as a second major. I currently participate in MOSIAC (an international group organization in campus), Coding Club, CSA (Chinese Student Association) alongside a couple of other activities. I am looking forward to meeting all new kinds of students from all over the world this upcoming academic year.
1. Bring some snacks that can only be found in your home country.
2. Keep an open mind to new communities and activities whenever possible.
3. Don't leave packing until the very end.
Awais Ali Syed
Class of 2020
My name is Awais Ali Syed and I am a sophomore from Pakistan majoring in political science. It's hard for me to sum up all the things I want to tell you in this short intro but rest assured I intend to spend a lot of time with all of you so we will get acquainted. My interests vary from quiet board games on Friday nights to blasting death metal on Mondays. I'm part of the Honor Council, community engaged scholars, debate club and multiple on campus student groups. My one goal for the ISO is to make your first experience at CC the most memorable one you'll have. In such spirits I'll end by saying I can't wait to get to know each one of you individually and make a positive impact on your lives at CC!
1. New experiences are only scary as long as they remain new. Don't be afraid to branch out you'll never know what you find.
2. "You must party and drink to have fun" is a lie. Find your own comfort zone...I guarantee that there will be many others there.
3. Don't be worried if you can't make friends right off the bat. You might view things very differently than others, cherish that individuality and take your time to adjust to CC.
Class of 2019
Hello! My name is Emma and I am very excited to meet you all! I am from Denver, Colorado and I am going to be a junior next year. I am an English major, minoring in philosophy and Spanish. At CC, I play the viola in the school orchestra, I play ultimate frisbee, and I am a member of the environmental organization, EnAct. I also love cooking; my favorite thing to cook is pesto pasta!
1. Try lots of new activities! My favorites have been the art adjuncts.
2. Read the emails the school sends; there are so many fun talks and events that you only hear about there.
3. Try to spend time in the common areas on campus, like the library and Worner. It's a great way to bump into people and be a part of the activity on campus.