What to Pack


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We suggest using a backpack as your carry-on bag. This can also serve as your backpack for school and field trips. Some items that you should keep in your carry-on bag include:

  • Passport and visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Paper receipt for the SEVIS fee, form I-797 (note, this is not necessary for J-1 students)
  • A copy of your bank letter or sponsor letter showing your financial resources (not necessary for J-1 students)
  • Acceptance letter from the University of Colorado Boulder International English Center
  • CU Boulder International English Center contact information:
    • Patti Juza, Director
    • Holly Woodsome Sroymalai, Academic Programs Manager
      303-492-9165, 720-378-1717 (mobile)
  • Medications (if any)
  • Debit or credit card (optional)
  • Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Mobile phone: These are not necessary, but many students do bring them.
  • You may want to bring a few basic toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, etc.) and a change of clothing in case your luggage is lost or delayed.
  • Laptop/Tablet*: Although there are computer labs at the IEC and around campus, some students do prefer to bring their own laptop or tablet. Many assignments in the United States are done on computers, and all of the classes at the International English Center have class websites (Desire to Learn) that include homework, grades, quizzes, and information from teachers. However, remember that it is entirely optional to bring a laptop or tablet. If you choose to bring one, it is your responsibility to protect it. (*Please check your airline’s regulations.)



The following is a list of items you may want to bring.  The average high temperature in Boulder in July is 90° F (32°C), and the average low temperature at night is 65° F (18° C).



*Note:  Students will do their own laundry at on-campus facilities. Detergent can be purchased after students arrive on campus.

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