Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
It is NEVER TOO EARLY to start preparing for you international experience. We recommend starting to prepare two semesters before you travel. This will give you enough time to talk to your advisor, talk to teachers, and create a detailed plan of the courses you need to take. We recommend sitting down with your advisor as early to figure out not only where to go abroad, but when to go abroad.
The easiest way to start planning an overseas education experience is to sit down with your flow chart and the links to the exchange schools where CSM students customarily study overseas. Pick an area that interests you (Europe, Asia, Africa). Click on one of the schools that looks interesting. Now, here is the hard part.
Figure out what are the qualities of your host university that are important to you. Have you always been interested in a specific country? Do you want to live in a city? What do you want your housing situation to be? Is your biggest concern staying on track for your degree? When searching for a university, we suggest keeping these qualities in mind and weighing the pros and cons of each university.
When searching for a university, one of the most common difficulties is making your course schedule. When you have found a potential university, go to the course catalog or course schedule sections of the University's web page. Look for the courses you need to take and see if they are being offered at the time you wish to travel abroad. If there is a match, come to the Office of International Programs, 1706 Illinois Street, and we will help you get started. You can also use our Approved Courses page as a guideline. (Note this page is just a guideline. Just because a course has transferred in the past does not guarantee a course will transfer in the future.)
For a step by step process in how to go abroad, see the Steps to Going Abroad page.
Our Partner Schools page contains a list of all of our partners, organized by geographic region. This page contains links to each University's international page. On most of these pages, you can find information about their application, housing, activities, culture, courses, and more. These pages can be invaluable in your search for choosing a location.
No, all courses taken abroad are considered pass/fail and therefore do not affect your GPA. The credit earned replaces the CSM equivalent course (for example EGGN xxx).
See the following question for more information on the transfer process.
Transfers are pre-approved via the Prior Approval Form. See the Applications & Forms page for more information regarding this from
To transfer credits from your host university, you will need to mail an official transcript from the registrar of your host university to the CSM registrar. The names of the courses will appear on your transcript. You will only receive credit for the course if you receive an equivalent “C” or better. *If your host university has a different grading scale, check with the registrar to see what grade you need to receive credit for the class.
A study abroad program means that you would not pay Mines tuition. Instead, you pay tuition to the host university. Outside scholarships may or may not apply to this type of agreement.
An exchange program must be done through a Mines partner university. In an exchange program, you pay Mines tuition as if you were attending Mines. (All scholarships and financial aid apply.)
The best way to make sure you do not fall behind is to plan, plan, plan. Once you have established what semester you are studying abroad, pinpoint the classes that are essential for staying on track. These are classes that act as prerequisites to future classes that would cause you to fall behind. (For example: In Chemical Engineering, a student MUST take Mass and Energy Balances before the fall semester.)
That depends on your vision for studying overseas. Do you want to study for a year or a semester? Do you want to become fluent in a language? How far are you in your CSM academic program?
The best time to study overseas also depends on your major. Talk to your academic advisor to ask when a good time to study abroad. For many majors, the best time to study abroad is in their sophomore year. Others choose to spend one semester during the junior yea, and even a few students have gone abroad in the semesters just before graduation.
The academic calendars of our partners do not always coincide with the CSM academic calendar. For example in the U.K. and Spain, exams are taken after Christmas and late in June, making either a year-long program or a second semester program the easiest for CSM students. The first semester in Australia and New Zealand begins in July and runs until late November so it could interfere with a field session a student needed to take.
The time to begin planning is during the second semester of your first year at CSM but it is hardly ever too late to include an education abroad experience.
Do I need to register for classes at Mines for the semester I am abroad?
YES! Register for a full load at Mines, this will ensure that you are still a student of the Colorado School of Mines. We will drop you from your classes on Census day.
No. Mines can issue International Student Identity Cards (ISIC) to any university student. To get a card, students must bring a passport photo and a student ID from their university.
The office of international programs will help you obtain a US passport and the necessary Visas. Low-cost travel arrangements are coordinated through OIP.
State and federal financial aid may be used for study overseas. Most scholarships can be applied to exchange programs. Contact Us for more specific information.