Declared as one of the best places to live in America, studying abroad in Fort Collins, Colorado, in the U.S. you will be surrounded by natural beauty and feel the locals’ hospitality and the whole warm and relaxed atmosphere. Higher educational institutions promote diversity through the inclusion of students that belong to many cultures and ethnicities. Students can specialise in numerous disciplines at all degree levels (Bachelor’ degree, postgraduate Master’s degree, PhD programmes, associate degrees) and engage in world class research activities. Fort Collins is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Fort Collins is situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.
Fort Collins' economy is supported by a mix of manufacturing, clean energy, bioscience, agri-tech businesses and service-related industries. Major employers in the manufacturing industry include: Woodward Governor, Anheuser-Busch, and Otterbox. Many high-tech companies have set their local offices, such as: Hewlett Packard, Intel, AMD, Avago, Beckman Coulter, National Semiconductor, LSI, Rubicon Water and Pelco. Other companies in Fort Collins are: Walmart, Eastman Kodak, Advanced Energy.
Students will find several internship opportunities available and most of them are attracted by the high tech companies.
You will love the welcoming and small community atmosphere Fort Collins offers! Although Fort Collins does not have a vibrant and energetic city life, you can enjoy plenty of cultural attractions and especially outdoor activities.
The main cultural sites are:
At the Downtown Business Association you can attend a number of small and large festivals each year in the historic Downtown district, including Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in late summer. The Colorado Brewer's Festival is held in late June annually in Fort Collins.
Go to Poudre Canyon and River for a myriad of recreational opportunities like, hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, and fishing, to winter sports like snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Have a walk or a hike in the Rocky Mountain National Park, or the Horsetooth Reservoir, which is a recreation park for sport activities.
At night, you will have several bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from to enjoy the company of your peers and savour some of the authentic American dishes.
Fort Collins is home to a small number of ethnic communities, with only around 7 % of the population that lives here is foreign born. Minorities in Fort Collins include Asian, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latino – as the largest ethnic minority. Meet incoming international students in Fort Collins and create a global contact network, while starting unforgettable friendships worldwide.
After American English, the second spoken language is Spanish, followed by Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
Summers in Fort Collins are mild but sometimes it can feel hot, with low humidity and occasional afternoon thunderstorms. Winters range from mild to moderately cold. The average temperature in July, the warmest month, is 71 °F (22 °C). The average temperature in January, the coldest month, is 29 °F (-2 °C).
Colorado State University’s purpose is to ensure students can realize their dreams and impact the world through access to innovative and relevant academic programming, an incomparable student experience, extraordinary faculty and staff, research and new knowledge discovery to solve global challenges, and state-of-the-art working and learning environments.