International Colleges Program

2002 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus

Nomination submitted by: Mark Evers, Office of Extended Studies

Program Mission
The typical path for international students who want to earn a U.S. college degree is to physically relocate to the U.S. More recently, WWW based distance education has afforded stay-at-home options to undergraduates in countries with advanced technological resources, but the choices remain limited for students in developing countries. The International Colleges Program is unique in that it intrepidly forges a new passageway for all international students by physically transporting US education overseas. The idea of such a program is held by many, yet implemented and sustained by few.

The International Colleges Program currently serves over eight hundred students at four sites in Beijing, China, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Kathmandu, Nepal, and Moscow, Russia. Consistent with its mission as the urban campus of the University of Colorado System, the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) developed the International Colleges Program in partnership with other urban universities in recognition of the importance of global understanding and cross-cultural communication in our rapidly changing world. Each International College is housed at UCD's partner institution: the China Agricultural University, Moscow State University, Ulaanbaatar University and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and Malpi International College in Nepal.