Why the University of Colorado?
At the University of Colorado Boulder, our students find success through collaboration. Our dynamic and diverse community of scholars and students works together on hands-on, real-world projects that merge experience and academia. As a tier 1 research university, CU Boulder is one of only 34 public research universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities, which gives our students access to innovative research opportunities. With over 3,100 international students and almost 5,600 graduate students from 106 countries, we welcome people from all over the world to our community.
- 5 Nobel Prize winners
- 9 MacArthur “genius grant” fellows
- 18 NASA astronauts affiliated with CU Boulder
- 800+ visiting international scholars
- Master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in 100+ programs
Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Boulder is a leading force in research, technology and innovation. CU Boulder lies in the heart of the city and produces some of the best and brightest in these fields. Our talented faculty, students and alumni are leading the way for the next generation by inspiring inventive, humanitarian and social enterprises around Colorado, the U.S. and the world.
- Averages 300+ days of sunshine
- Gateway to the 25+ ski and snowboard resorts in Colorado
- Named an immigrant-friendly city by the American Immigrant Center
- Home to Google and Twitter offices
- #2 most innovative tech hub in the U.S. (Forbes, 2015)
- #1 city to start a business (Forbes, 2015)
One of the best parts of our university is the surrounding work-life balance. Students balance work, study and recreation by getting involved on campus and making friends outside of the classroom. We have one of the most active college campuses in the nation, where recreation, sports and student groups play a key role in the CU Boulder experience. Our community is inclusive and known for its welcoming and friendly environment.
Intramural & Club Sports
We offer students many ways to get involved through sports teams, which are a fun and easy way to meet new friends and find community on campus. Teams engage in traditional sports, such as basketball, snowboarding and taekwondo, as well as sports like ultimate Frisbee, broomball and inner tube water polo.
Clubs & Organizations
Students can choose from among more than 450 clubs and organizations, with a variety of opportunities to meet any interest, including academics, ethnic culture, leadership, environmental issues and much more. Our CU International club allows students from around the globe to socialize during weekly International Coffee Hour and "Where’s the Food" Friday outings.
Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Information & Communication Technology for Development
Materials Science & Engineering
Technology, Media & Society
Master of Law
Master of Studies in Law
Curriculum & Instruction
Educational Equity & Cultural Diversity
Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice
Learning Sciences & Human Development
Research & Evaluation Methodology
Electrical & Computer Engineering*
Management & Entrepreneurship
Supply Chain Management
Brass & Percussion
Arts of the Americas
Asian Languages & Civilizations
Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Comparative Ethnic Studies
Computational Linguistics, Analytics, Search & Informatics
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Masters of the Environment
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Museum & Field Studies
Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Estimated annual cost & tuition
|Cost in US dollars|
|Tuition and fees||$32,146|
|Books and supplies||$1,800|
University of Colorado Boulder offers scholarships to qualified international students.
*Estimated annual cost based on graduate student status and enrollment in 24 credit hours in the College of Arts and Sciences. Tuition and fees vary by college and school. As a part of the Be Boulder Pact starting fall 2018, we are reducing the cost of college three ways: eliminating course and program fees, increasing scholarships and supporting our student government’s efforts to reduce textbook costs. For the most current costs, visit colorado.bursar.edu.
We support our graduate students by offering fellowships to students who show academic promise or success. Fellowship opportunities are available to entering and continuing degreeseeking students. Students are nominated by their academic departments.
Training and research assistantships
Graduate students can gain experience and earn a salary through teaching and research assistantships. Often, these opportunities provide a tuition waiver and partial insurance benefits.
Students interested in collaborating with mentors while receiving funding can apply for a training grant. Grants are provided by the departments and allow our graduate students to work closely with mentors and other graduate students on long-term research projects. These grants are most often found in the science, engineering and social science departments. For more information visit https://www.colorado.edu/graduateschool/graduate-student-funding