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We hope that your study abroad experience does not end once you return to the U.S.  Stay connected to your host country.  Keep the things you liked about your host culture and incorporate them into your home culture.  Share your experiences with friends, family, your OIE advisor, and other students interested in study abroad.  For many, the experiences in their host country have led to a desire for social change and political action, at home and abroad.  Get involved!

Get published and share your experiences!

  • Enter the DU Photo Contest. Information on the contest is in the left menu.
  • You can submit your photos and study abroad essays to online magazines such as Transitions Abroad or Glimpse.  Check with your study abroad program to see if they offer contests or opportunities to get published.

Get involved with the international community on campus:

  • Interact with international and exchange students at DU! Contact your OIE advisor to find out how to get involved.
  • Connect with prospective study abroad students! The Office of International Education (OIE) holds many opportunities for you to contact with outgoing students. Our office will contact you by email (from ) when the following activities are near:
    • Pre-departure Orientations - Tell outgoing students what you wish you knew before studying abroad and your stories!
    • Alumni Contact List – This list is managed in our office and is for prospective students to email alumni of the program that they’re interested in.
    • Peer Advisor - Work as a Peer Advisor at the I-House. Part-time positions are available each year. Contact Michelle Rembolt for more information.
  • I-House Events Calendar – There are several events per month (many of which offer free food) at the International House. These internationally themed events are designed to give domestic and international students a fun atmosphere in which to meet and share one another's culture. 
  • Continue or begin language studies
    • Join or start a language club (Spanish, Italian, German, French, Chinese, and more).  More information can be obtained by calling DU’s Office of Languages and Literatures at 303.871.2662 or 303.871.2180.
    • Take a language course!  If you don’t have time for full 4-credit language course, consider taking a 2-credit University College course.  Please note that University College language courses will not fulfill DU undergraduate graduation requirements.
  • Join an internationally-minded student group:
    • International Student Organization: ISO works to promote internationalism at the University of Denver and in the Denver community. The group facilitates to increase diversity and international awareness through social activities and events such as the Festival of Nations.
    • The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning maintains a list of DU student organizations dedicated to public good and social change.
    • Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. This Rotaract club as founded at the University of Denver and is sponsored by a local Rotary club making them true partners in service and key members of the Rotary family.
    • Consider starting a new international group of your own design.  For more information, see DU Student Life.

Get Involved with the Denver Community

The following is a list of organizations and events in the Denver area where you can get involved by attending, volunteering, interning, or even working.

  • DU's Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning offers service opportunities with community partners in multiple issue areas, including human rights; immigration, refugee, and international issues; education; poverty, homelessness, and affordable housing; and gender issues. Search DU Something: Volunteer for opportunities to get involved.
  • Teach English as a second language (ESL) classes on campus to DU employees through Intercambio de Comunidades.
  • Mi Casa Denver works towards increasing the self-sufficiency of low-income Latinas and youth. The website provides a complete list of volunteer opportunities as well as a list of needed items for possible donation.
  • The Museo de Las Americas is a museum meant to educate the public about Latino Americano art and culture.
  • Project CURE provides medical supplies to countries in need. Volunteers will do a variety of tasks, ranging from the search for and collection of supplies to sorting and sending those supplies to various countries.
  • The African Community Center of Denver welcomes newcomers who have had to flee persecution within their home country.
  • Denver Sister Cities International works towards promoting peace through the mutual understanding that comes with the immersion of different cultures. Through DSCI, Denver is connected to many international cities, her “sister cities." Activities may include presenting information on a city to elementary schools, planning and implementing pen pal exchange programs, or fundraising.
  • The Colorado Refugee English as a Second Language Program (CRESL) serves adult refugees who have recently resettled in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs.
  • Alliance Française de Denver works to educate the Denver community on the French language and culture.
  • The Denver Bulldogs is an Australian Rules Football Club based in Denver and actively recruits new members.
  • The Denver World Affairs Council (DWAC) offers the chance for the public to ask questions of world affairs experts.
  • The Conference on World Affairs at CU-Boulder is a conference which hosts hundreds of forums about every conceivable topic, ranging from international issues to art. Attendees have the opportunity to choose which forums they would like to attend, and they sit in on debates for those forums which are usually followed by an interactive discussion between the debaters and the audience.