PLACE Pre-Arrival Information

You’re a PLACE student. Now what?

Now that you’re part of the CSU family, there are a few more steps to take before you arrive for orientation and the first day of your Intensive English Program. We look forward to meeting you as you come to campus, and we put together a printable pre-arrival guide for PLACE students.

We’re here for you if you have any questions along the way.

You’ll need your eID (username/password).

Make sure you’ve created your eID (username/password), necessary to log in for many of the tasks below.

International PLACE Student Checklist

Click on each step below to see detailed information about why each step is important and the actions you need to take to check it off the list.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will walk you through the steps to obtain your student visa.

Submit Immigration Documents & Obtain Your Visa

You were instructed to submit your immigration information form, financial support document(s) and passport ID page as part of completing your application for admission. If you have not yet submitted all required documents OR if corrections/updates are needed, complete this step as quickly as possible.

Whether you’ve been granted clear or conditional admission, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will issue your official admit packet and I-20 or DS-2019 immigration documents only after reviewing, verifying and approving your immigration information.

Check RAMweb and your email for details about the status of your immigration documents. If you need help understanding the visa process once your immigration documents have been reviewed and approved, consult the PLACE immigration process.

Need to know the status of your immigration documents?

Log in to your RAMweb (application status check) to upload and see the status of your immigration documents.

If you are ready to confirm your spot in the Intensive English Program for your upcoming term, please let us know as soon as possible. This will help us to plan for your arrival, help facilitate your immigration documents, and help you plan for arrival.

To confirm your spot, please email with your name, CSU ID, and entry term as soon as possible.

On-Campus Options

CSU offers a wide selection of housing and dining options to ensure all students feel at home on campus. Benefits of living on campus include:

  • Convenient locations on campus close to
    classrooms, library and the recreation center.
  • Supportive and involved live-in staff
  • Securely locked doors on the exterior and
    interior of the buildings.
  • Free high-speed internet and cable TV
  • Student kitchens, laundry facilities, study
    rooms, lounges with TVs and games.
  • Buildings are free of alcohol, drugs and

Residence hall application:

Fall semester housing application opens in early January. Spring semester housing application opens in mid-September.

The on-campus apartment application is open year-round.

Learn more about residence halls and university apartments if you are interested in living on campus.

Temporary housing can be coordinated through International Student and Scholar Services if you arrive before your campus housing opens.

Off-Campus Options

Off-Campus Life can help you identify housing in the Fort Collins community, plus they offer resources to help you make a successful transition to your new home.

PLACE orientation is mandatory for all new students and will take place one week before classes begin. Please plan to arrive in Fort Collins in time for orientation. More details will be sent to your email and the PLACE Orientation website will be updated with a full schedule as the start date gets closer.

We’ve put together a handy webpage with information about what to pack for your Intensive English Program. Click the button below to learn more.