Colorado State University (CSU) at Fort Collins

Colorado State University Overview

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation's leading research universities.

It is situated on nearly 5,000 acres of land, including the main campus, a foothills campus, an agricultural campus, and a mountain campus (Pingree Park.) Colorado State also has 4,600 acres for research centers, Cooperative Extension offices, and Colorado State Forest Service stations.

Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff. Located north of the Denver metro area, CSU is about an hour’s drive to Denver International Airport.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with Colorado State University (CSU) at Fort Collins.

Key Information

Costs and Funding

Tuition* & General Fees: 12 Credits – Covered by exchange agreement.
*Some courses involve special fees (such as lab fees), which are the responsibility of the individual student. Enrolling in more than 12 credits or 4 classes incurs extra tuition charges that will be the responsibility of the student.

An example cost below (in US dollars).
Accommodation & meals $5096 (in shared residence hall room; paid for by CSU in a few exchange agreements)
SEVIS fee $90
CSU ID card $20
University technology fee $20
Books & supplies $563
Personal expenses $1,000 – $2,000 depending on spending habits
CSU Health Insurance $689 for Fall 2014; $770 for Spring/Summer 2015

There are a variety of funding options available to you - for more information please visit our Funding Pages.


Exchange students have the option of living on or off campus. It is recommended that students who are over the age of 21 consider living off-campus or applying to live in an on-campus apartment. Exchange students can apply to live in any of the Residence Halls and are encouraged to do so. Most residence hall rooms are shared with another student. On-campus housing at CSU is extremely competitive. It is important to complete the online housing application early if you would like to secure a room on campus.

Contracts for living on campus are for the academic year.  Exchange students staying for the fall semester only will have to pay a $350 fee to break the contract mid-semester. Additionally, an early move in fee is charged to students who arrive before the official move it date. Exchange students are required to attend orientation the week before classes begin. Typically, exchange students will need to move into the halls 3 days early. The current early move in rate is $55/day. A per day fee is also charged to students who wish to remain in the residence halls for Fall break and/or Spring break.

Please note:

• All students living within the residence halls are required to have a meal plan.
• Single rooms are limited. Exchange students might share with an American roommate or another international student.
• Placement in a specific residence hall cannot be guaranteed, but preferences should be stated in the online application.
• Some halls unofficially offer rooms/floors for older students, such as Newsom Hall, Aspen Hall and Summit Hall. Some have an academic theme or focus (see below).
• Some halls offer floors/rooms for specific learning communities.
• Many of the students living within residence halls are freshmen (typically 18-19 years old), who are required to live on-campus for first year; but many older American and international students live within the residence halls too. Exchange students generally fit within the category of “Transfer and Returning Students” on the CSU housing website.

More information can be found on their website:


Semester 1 Semester 2
 22nd August 2016- 16th December 2016  17th January 2017- 12th May 2017

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Above you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.