Prospective International Exchange Students

Studying At Mines

Located in the scenic mountain town of Golden, Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines is an engineering school known worldwide for its excellent education and quality of graduated students. Not only are there great opportunities for education, but also for experiencing the great outdoors. Skiing, hiking, rock climbing and many other activities are only minutes away from campus.  Check out our video above to see some of the things Mines has to offer.  We have also provided some information below to help you learn more about life at Mines!


Finding a room or apartment on or off-campus can be a daunting challenge since most housing in the area is unfurnished and leases are typically offered for one year at minimum.  The Mines International Office works with International students to stay in one of three options: 1) on-campus housing, 2) off-campus housing, 3) living with an American host.  Incoming students may also opt to find their own housing.  We work to ensure that all International Students live in a furnished apartment within walking distance of campus, and we are happy to answer questions about the best places to get furniture.

Bulletin Search: 

The best way to search for classes using the Colorado School of Mines catalog:

  1. Click the link here.
  2. Click the college that your major belongs to.
    1. College of Engineering and Computational Science – Math, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering
    2. College of Earth Resources Science and Engineering – Economics and Business, Geology and Geological Engineering, Geophysics, Mining Engineering, Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, and Petroleum Engineering
    3. College of Applied Science and Engineering – Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, Nuclear Science and Engineering
  3. Click on the major of the class you are looking for.  The major should appear along the left side of the screen.
  4. Click “Courses”
  5. NOTE: In the course description: (I) represents first semester (August – December), (II) represents second semester (January – May)

You can also search for classes by following the link above and searching for your courses in the white bar that says “Search catalog.”

NOTE: Just because a course is listed in the catalog DOES NOT mean the course will be offered.  This is simply used as a guideline.  If you need to know if a specific course is offered a certain semester, please email

Trailhead Search:

Trailhead is the system that Mines students will use once they are accepted to Mines.  Once students get accepted to Mines, they will have access to a complete list of courses available for their study abroad semester.  We will provide students with instructions on how to search for courses on Trailhead once they have been accepted.


Student Organizations
Mines has over 180 clubs and organizations on campus, and we encourage you to take part in them!  Whether you are interested community service, robotics, slack-lining or juggling, Mines has an organization for you!  To browse our many organizations, follow the link here.
Intramural Sports
While Mines students are known for being studious, they sure do love a good game of sports!  We have a very active IM league where students play on teams against other mines students.  We have everything from soccer to basketball to flag football to ping pong!  If you’re interested in the different sports Mines has to offer, click here.


Office of International Programs
1200 16th Street
Ben Parker Student Center, Suite E110
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401

Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 and 1:30 - 4:00

Kay Godel-Gengenbach, Director
(303) 384-2120 /

Mary Cook, Associate Director
(303) 384-2121 /

Main Office Phone and Email
(303) 273-3210 /