Student arrives in residence hall


Get ready for INTO CSU

Ready to travel to INTO CSU? We are happy you are planning to study with us at INTO CSU. Before you come to Fort Collins, there are several steps you must complete.

Pre-arrival checklist

Confirm your place

Complete these items to secure your place at CSU

  • Pay required deposit listed on your Offer Letter
  • If you are an Undergraduate or Graduate Pathway student, you are required to provide the following OFFICIAL documents prior to registration for classes:
    • Official transcript copies including final school certificate and/or degree certificate in a sealed envelope issued directly by the institution attended and/or government educational ministry (Ministry of Education) in both English and the original language.
    • Official TOEFL score submitted online via ETS directly to CSU (CSU College Code 4075)
    • Official IETLS scores
  • Please send these documents to:
    Admissions Office,
    INTO Colorado State University
    Spruce Hall
    Campus Delivery 1037
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1037
    Or bring them with you when you come to the US. You will not be able to register for classes without these documents.

Apply for your visa

You F-1 student visa

1. Confirm that your passport in valid for at least six months after the date you enter the US
2. Apply for and receive your F-1 Student Visa
3. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and print your receipt

Submit your health information

Immunization and health history

Immunizations are often less expensive in your home country than they are in the US. All students are required to complete the following:

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Immunization
  • Tuberculosis Screening
  • Meningococcal Immunization (required if you are living on campus or in student housing)
  • Health History Form

Submit all health history and immunization information to: [email protected]

Submit your academic credentials

Pathway students

If you are an Undergraduate or Graduate Pathway student, you must provide the official academic documents and test scores listed in your offer letter or you will not be able to register for classes. Undergraduate Pathway students with A-level exams should promptly send the official certificates and course descriptions.

Please send documents to INTO CSU. If you have questions, contact [email protected]

Book your flight

Send us your arrival details

All students are expected to arrive via air at Denver International Airport in Denver, CO. You should plan to arrive in Fort Collins at least one day before your program start date (also, your start date will appear on your I-20). Please send your arrival details (flight number, airline name, arrival time) to [email protected] at least 7 days before you arrive. You must also notify us of any flight changes.

What to bring with you on the plane

Important items to carry on

You MUST bring ALL of these ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS with you to the airport. You will be required to show them at the US Port of Entry, and they will be necessary for INTO CSU registration, medical services and orientation activities after you arrive:

  • Pre-Departure Guide
  • Valid passport
  • Unexpired F-1 student visa
  • I-20
  • SEVIS I-901 fee receipt
  • All papers from the INTO CSU Admissions Office
  • Emergency contact information (name/email/phone)
  • Copies of financial documents (bank statements or government sponsorship letter that shows you have enough funds to support your study in the US)
  • Enough money for the first couple of weeks at the university (approx. $400-$800)
  • Immunization records and any tuberculosis testing and chest X-rays, if applicable
  • Insurance documents
  • Copies of all prescriptions (in English) for medicine, eyeglasses and contact lenses

Before you leave home

What to pack

Check with your airline for up-to-date luggage requirements before you fly. Remember, you will need to carry your luggage, so pack only what you can carry. Make sure you know what type of clothing to pack and what you do not need to bring with you for your room. There are opportunities for you to share your culture. You can bring your national dress or clothes associated with a hobby or sport you enjoy in your home country, and bring items such as photos, books, souvenirs and music so you have reminders of home!

Always label all of your luggage clearly. The label should have your full name and the address of INTO CSU:
INTO Colorado State University
Spruce Hall
1037 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins CO 80523-1037 USA


Apply for your visa

To study at INTO CSU, you'll need an F-1 student visa and an Affidavit of Support. Our step-by-step guide will help you make sure you fill out the right paperwork.

More about visas


Book your flight

We want your journey to the US to be as smooth as possible. It's important to research which flight are best for you and book your ticket in advance. The majority of our students fly into Denver International Airport (DIA), which is 112 km southeast of Fort Collins. 

When scheduling your flights, please remember you must arrive at least one day before, but no more than 30 days before, your program start date (refer to the start date on your I-20). Learn more about what to expect when you arrive in the US.

More about arriving

If you arrive the Saturday or Sunday before the first day of Orientation, between 6am and 12 midnight, an INTO CSU ambassador with meet you at the airport. Please fill out the arrival form to schedule an airport transfer, you will need to include your:

  • Flight numbers and connecting cities
  • Arrival date and time
  • Where you want to go in Fort Collins (residence hall, hotel, etc)

We will then send you a confirmation. We'll let you know when and where to go when you arrive at Denver International Airport. It's that easy!

Students in residence hall

Book your accommodation now

Housing and dining

It's important to secure your accommodation before you arrive. Look at your options and send your preference to [email protected] Remember to include how many semesters of housing you need and the number of meals you want per week.

More about accommodation

More about food

When you arrive

Life in Fort Collins may be quite different than what you're used to. Whether it's finding the right power adapters, getting your computer set up, buying a cell phone or finding a doctor, we can point you in the right direction.

Medical information

Good health is essential to your academic success. The US has a private health care system, so you'll need to purchase health insurance for medical coverage. You also need to make sure you have the correct immunizations so you stay fit and healthy while studying abroad.

Learn more about the CSU Health Network requirements and regulations for INTO CSU students.

More about healthcare
Student pays at store

Plan to carry some smaller bills with you when you first arrive

Money and banking

Our guide to US dollars and banking will help you become familiar with the US currency, we can even help you open a bank account when you arrive. Remember that your tuition fees for your study program must be paid four weeks prior to the start of all programs.

More about money and banking

Safety on campus

CSU is a very safe and welcoming place, but it's important to be mindful of your surroundings and property. There are many safety services, such as the CSU Police Department, on campus to ensure you feel comfortable and safe.

More about safety
Student rides bike on campus

Biking is a popular way to get around campus and Fort Collins


There are many ways to get around campus and the surrounding city of Fort Collins. Many students walk, ride bicycles, take one of the free Transfort buses or drive. If you want to drive, you will need to get a US Driver's License. We can provide you with more information about obtaining a license when you get here.

CSU marching band

Enjoy all of the exciting Orientation activities

Your program begins with Orientation

We want you to be successful here. Orientation events are designed to help you enjoy a smooth transition to the United States. You will meet new friends and learn the things you need to know about INTO CSU, CSU, and Fort Collins.

Your first day

Please report to the INTO CSU Center by your scheduled on your program start date for orientation. It's important to be on time, you are required to attend all Orientation events.

Be sure to bring the following with you to Orientation

  • Passport, visa, I-94 electronic print out and I-20
  • If not previously provided, official academic or English proficiency documents
  • Proof of MMR immunization, Tuberculosis Screening Form and Health History Form
  • US address
  • Name/email/phone of someone we can contact in case of an emergency

Your first week

Once you arrive at the INTO CSU Center, you will be welcomed by our Student Services team. You will receive a schedule of our orientation activities. During Orientation Week you will:

  • Meet other CSU and INTO CSU students
  • Take an English language placement test
  • Take a math placement test (Pathway students only)
  • Open your university email account, if you haven't already
  • Learn about campus and community resources
  • Confirm you have provided all required health and admissions documents
  • Pay any balances you owe
  • Learn about your student visa regulations
  • Register for your classes
  • Take a campus tour
  • Get your student ID card (RamCard)
  • Attend fun activities designed to help you meet American students and other international students
  • Learn more about what it means to be an INTO CSU student

RamCard: CSU Student ID card

Your student identification (ID) card (RamCard) allows you access to campus resources like the library, gym and Transfort. If you have signed up for a meal plan, your student ID card allows you to access your meal plan and make purchases at campus dining locations, coffee shops and convenience stores. You will receive your student ID card after you arrive.