University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver is a fully accredited, highly respected academic and health sciences institution that welcomes international students from 130 countries.

University of Colorado Denver: Unlimited Opportunities

History and Tradition. The University of Colorado Denver is a fully accredited, highly respected academic and health sciences institution that welcomes international students from 130 countries. Whether you are interested in studying English as a second language through our ESL Academy, urban design, business, engineering, pre-med, pharmacy, or a degree you have customized from one of the university’s 130+ undergraduate or graduate degree choices, your educational experience will be supported through outstanding student services.

With origins dating back to 1883, CU Denver was formally established as a stand-alone campus in 1974. Following a 2004 consolidation with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, the combined University of Colorado Denver │ Anschutz Medical Campus now educates nearly 18,000 students in 13 schools and colleges, pursuing over 130 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The growth opportunities that over 110,000 of our alumni pursued in our classrooms, laboratories and libraries may soon be available to you!


Denver, Colorado, a thriving city centrally located in the United States, is home to one of the nation’s best international airports, one of its strongest city economies, and is a great place to gain an exceptional education. With 13 schools and $420 million awarded annually in research funding, the University of Colorado Denver offers a hands-on, real-world education to prepare you for a career in today’s rapidly changing global workforce. Students at the University of Colorado Denver are serious about studies, but when it is time for a break Colorado has more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Set against the beautiful Rocky Mountains, opportunities are easily available for weekend snowboarding, skiing, rafting, and camping in our clean mountain environment. You can also stay within city limits and explore cultural events, museums, theater, many ethnic restaurants and shopping.

University of Colorado Denver

Highlights: Did you know?

The University of Colorado Denver ranks among the…

  • Top 50 research universities in the US (CMUP)
  • Top 110 Public Universities (USNWR)
  • Top 200 National Universities (USNWR)
  • Top 300 Global (Shanghai Jiaotong)

We are featured in...

  • U.S. News & World Report
  • America's Best Graduate Schools
  • The Princeton Review
  • America's Best Value Colleges
  • Best Western Colleges
  • Best in the West

The University of Colorado Denver offers more than 130 degree programs in 13 schools and colleges, and many options for customizing a degree exactly suited to your education and career goals.

  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • College of Arts and Media
  • Business School
  • School of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Public Affairs
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • Graduate School
  • School of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado Denver

Requirements for Admissions

To apply for admission to the university, you will need to…

  • Complete the online application.
  • Pay a $75 application fee.
  • Upload and submit copies of all academic records, degree certificates (with certified translations if the original document is not in English), recommendation letters, and personal statement.
  • Submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score. Or complete the ESL Academy
  • SAT scores are required for admission as a freshman into any Engineering program.
  • GMAT or GRE scores may be required for some graduate programs, please consult the department directly.

Please check with your academic department about any additional application and admission requirements.

For more information please visit the university website at international.ucdenver.edu.

ESL Academy

Students with limited English proficiency have the option of studying at the ESL Academy, which not only develops your academic language skills, it also supports your success as a University of Colorado Denver student. Successful completion satisfies the university’s English language requirement for admission. Class offering include grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and content-based instruction with research and presentation skills. Admission is selective and requires an in-person or online interview.

For more information please visit the ESL Academy website at ESL.ucdenver.edu.

International College Beijing, China
(University of Colorado Denver program in Beijing, China)

The International College Beijing (ICB) is a joint education program between the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) in Denver, Colorado, USA, and China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The first partnership of its kind approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education, ICB is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in the U.S. Chinese students can study on either the Denver Campus or Beijing Campus, with a choice of bachelor’s degrees in communications, economics, or a dual degree.

For more information about ICB, visit online: icb.ucdenver.edu.

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Top Programs

Business, Engineering, Intensive English as a Second Language

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Type of School

University/Intensive English Program

  • School Size

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  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory
  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 70+ , IELTS: Band 6.5+

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