Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline?

Our application deadline is March 1. However, we will start accepting applications on October 1. We recommend submitting your application early, as we have a rolling admissions process. Additionally, Warner College scholarship applications are due March 1 and you must be already accepted to apply for those scholarships.   

When will I find out if I have been accepted?

Acceptance to the program will be communicated to you by email no later than mid-March 2016. While we have a rolling admissions process, final acceptance decisions are not guaranteed until the application deadline.

Do I need to find a CLTL advisor prior to being accepted?

No. Acceptance to the CLTL program does not require you to identify a CLTL advisor in advance. 
What is the duration of CLTL?

CLTL is a full-time program, which includes two semesters of coursework at CSU (9 months) followed by a final project during the summer (4 months). Time needed for completion of the final project and deliverable(s) after the fieldwork portion varies from 2-5 months. 

Do I need to have a certain undergraduate degree to apply?

No. An undergraduate degree is required to enter the program, but it does not have to be in a specific field. It is expected that you have some academic, professional or volunteer experience related to conservation topics, such as natural resources, environmental health, agriculture, or international development. Each applicant will be assessed on their individual academic record and experiences during the selection process. 

What degree will I get upon completion of CLTL?

All CLTL students will receive a Master of Science in Conservation Leadership - Global Specialization from the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department (HDNR) from Colorado State University's Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR).  

Do I need to speak English to be accepted? Or a non-English language to go abroad?

All students from a country where English is not the official language will need to take an approved English exam, such as the TOEFL.  

Some of the international project sites also require foreign language abilities to participate.
Students going to a country where Spanish language proficiency is required will be asked to take an online Spanish assessment, such as the DELE ( Typically a Level B score on the DELE will be expected for completing a final project in a Spanish speaking country.

What are housing options in Fort Collins?

Fort Collins has been consistently at the top of the list of “America’s Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine. Colorado State University has four apartment complexes on or near campus that offer year lease and month to month rental options. The university apartments pride themselves on intercultural living and are home to many international students. For more information visit:

There are also many off-campus, non-university related apartment complexes and homes for rent. Off-Campus Student Services provides many resources, such as rental listings and roommate requests at

Do I need a car when living in Fort Collins?

That depends on your transportation needs. Having a car in Fort Collins can make transportation easier, but there are other options too. CSU Student IDs serve as a free bus pass for the local bus service, Transfort. Fort Collins is also a Gold-rated Bicycle Friendly Community with bike lanes and paths throughout the City. For more information on biking in Fort Collins visit:

Will I be able to have job while enrolled in CLTL?

Many students are able to work 10-12 hours per week on average during the on-campus portion of CLTL. Students who consider part-time work (15-20 hours per week) should have exceptionally strong time management and priority-setting skills. On campus job announcements will be posted to the 'Student Job Listing' feature on Ramweb.

Can I take an elective course along with the CLTL coursework?

It is not recommended for CLTL students to take courses outside of the CLTL curriculum. During some weeks, students are away on field trips or participating in workshops for CLTL, which makes participation and success in non-CLTL courses difficult.