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University of Colorado Boulder (CU)

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Last updated February, 2020

Academic Information

Course Information

Subjects offered

Colorado Boulder courses

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: August - May
  • Fall semester: August - December
  • Spring semester: January - May

Colorado Boulder Academic Year

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

• If taking only undergraduate courses (4999 and lower): Students must take a minimum 12 credits per semester (max 18 credits)
• If taking only graduate-level courses (5000 and higher): Students must take a minimum 5 credits per semester
• If taking a combination of undergraduate and graduate level courses: Students must take a minimum of 8 credits per semester

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


The University of CU Boulder offers exchange students a range of accommodation options to suit different personalities, budgets and lifestyles.

Colorado Boulder Accommodation

Estimated Cost of Living

Colorado Boulder Cost of Living

Student Visa and Insurance

Student Visas and Insurance information

U.S. Department of State

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

The University of Colorado Boulder (commonly referred to as CU or Colorado) is a public research university located in Boulder, Colorado, United States. It is the flagship university of the University of Colorado system and was founded five months before Colorado was admitted to the Union in 1876.
The university consists of nine colleges and schools and offers over 150 academic programmes and enrolled almost 33,000 students. Twelve Nobel Laureates, nine MacArthur Fellows, and 20 astronauts have been affiliated with CU Boulder as students, researchers, or faculty members in its history. The university received nearly $454 million in sponsored research in 2010 to fund programs like the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and JILA.

The University of Colorado Boulder

The City of Boulder and Region

Boulder is located at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m) above sea level. The city is 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Denver.
Boulder is famous for its colourful Western history, being a choice destination for hippies in the late 1960s, and as home of the main campus of the University of Colorado the state's largest university. Furthermore, the city of Boulder frequently receives high rankings in health, well-being, quality of life, education and art.
Tucked into a picturesque valley below the iconic Flatirons, Boulder hosts thriving tech and natural foods industries, supports a renowned entrepreneurial community, has some of the region's best restaurants, and is home to many federal research labs and a world-class university making this Rocky Mountain town of approximately 107,000 people a world-class destination.

The City of Boulder

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Further Information

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