Steps To Studying at Mines

We are so happy to hear that your interested in studying at Mines! We welcome students from all over the world, and we would love to show you our beautiful home of Golden, Colorado.

We have outlined the key steps to helping you study at Mines.

Step 1. Nomination

 Once you have decided to come to Mines to study abroad and have fulfilled all of your home school’s requirements, the international office at your university will send a nomination to Mines.

Fall Nomination Deadline: March 1

Spring Nomination Deadline: September 15

Step 2. Complete the Mines Application

After we receive your nomination, the link to our application will be sent to your personal email. Once you submit the application and required documents, Mines will review your application.

Fall Application Deadline: March 15

Spring Application Deadline: October 1

Step 3. Congratulations, You've been accepted!

After we receive your application, we will send out your letter of acceptance. The acceptance letter will outline your next steps. Make sure to sign your confirmation of acceptance and follow the instructions contained in your letter.

Step 4. Practical planning

 We are so excited to welcome you to our Mines community!  Now it’s time to start planning.

Now that you have been accepted to Mines, you can fill out your housing and course request forms. These forms will be included in your acceptance email.


Before coming to Mines, all international exchange students fill out a housing survey. The Mines International Office will assist students in finding housing, if you submit the Mines Housing Request.  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.


Finding courses can be one of the hardest parts of studying abroad.  We try to make it as easy as possible by providing detailed instructions on how to search for courses.  Before you are accepted to Mines, you can search for courses using the course bulletin.  After you have been accepted, we will provide instructions on how to register for classes.

More detailed information on housing and courses can be found at our “Practical Information” page here.

step 5. Travel Documents

As a part of your application, you were asked for a statement of financial support. After this is received, Mines will send you an I-20 and will mail your DS-2019 to your home university.

You will use these documents to get a United States Visa. You will most likely be required to make a visa appointment at the US Embassy. In your acceptance letter, we will provide you with more detailed information about what visa type is required and how to get it. 

Step 6. Arrive at Mines!

We are so excited to welcome you to campus!  We are proud of our school and our state, and we can’t wait to show you everything we have to offer.

Information on how to get to campus from Denver International Airport can be found on our Practical Information page. Once you arrive to campus, you should come check-in to the Mines International Office, located in office E110 in the Student Center. (1200 16th St.)

We are also happy to give information on where to buy food, furniture, and anything else you may need. Feel free to email with any questions!

Finally, all international students are required to attend international student orientation.  This event will take place a few days before school starts. 

See you soon!


Mines International Office
924 16th Street
Green Center, Suite 219
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401

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

David Wright, Assistant Provost for International Affairs
(303) 384-2120 /

Mary Cook, Director and Manager of Student Mobility-Outbound/Inbound
(303) 384-2121 /

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



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