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American Cultural Exchange Language Institute

Enjoy learning English in beautiful Montana!


Are you a beginner, more intermediate, or an advanced speaker of English?
We welcome everyone!

A.C.E. at Montana State University offers intensive English classes for all levels. You will see yourself talking with native speakers, even after a few weeks. You will improve your English with people from all over the world by actively joining in our Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing courses.

Special classes are also available:

  • TOEFL Preparation
  • Conversation & Pronunciation
  • Business English
  • Grammar

 The best things about A.C.E. at MSU:

  • No TOEFL to enter MSU after finishing our program (for undergraduate admission)
  • Expert instructors who love to teach
  • Fun and challenging classes with 6-12 other students
  • Match up with a friendly American "Conversation Partner"
  • Participate in interesting MSU classes when you reach the advanced level
  • Intercultural presentations with your international classmates
  • Weekly activities including hiking, skiing, game night, international lunch
  • A.C.E. teachers and students become family ... your home away from home

Great services available at MSU:

A.C.E. will assist you with:
  • Housing with an American family or in an on-campus dormitory with an American roommate or in an apartment in Bozeman

  • Airport pick-up and New Student Orientation

  • Opening a bank account, tour of the campus & city, and getting your MSU ID card


 MSU offers you:

  • Complete sports facilities including swimming pool, gym, soccer fields, tennis courts, weight room, aerobics classes and more

  • Student Recreation Centers: bowling, billiards, video games, sports equipment rental, outdoor adventure trips, and classes in outdoor skills like rock climbing and boating

  • Computer labs with over 600 computers and your own free e-mail account and Internet access

  • Library, MSU bus, campus restaurants and shops in the Student Union Building

  • Campus events such as movies, concerts, athletic games, and the annual International Food Bazaar

  • Professional academic and immigration advising

  • Bachelor's degree programs in over 100 fields of study, masters degrees in 39 and doctoral degrees in 13 fields.

You will love Bozeman, Montana USA!

Japanese English Language Students  
Bozeman is a lively, young city located in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, many rivers, clean air and starry skies. Our town is a safe place with an easy-going Western style.

World famous Yellowstone National Park is a short drive away.  Visitors like to experience a traditional cowboy rodeo, see Native American cultural exhibits and travel to nearby Canada.  Local people enjoy many outdoor activities: snowboarding, horseback riding, white water rafting, fly-fishing and biking. Visiting art galleries, museums, and many excellent restaurants is also popular.

We’ll make you feel welcome in Bozeman.  Come join us and be part of a unique American experience.

2009 A.C.E Session Schedule:



First Day of Class

Last Day of Class

Spring I: January 12 January 13 February 13
Spring II: February 18 February 19 March 31
Spring III: April 6 April 7 May 8
Summer I: May 13 May 14 June 16
Summer II: June 18 June 19 July 16
Summer III: July 21 July 22 August 18
Fall I: August 26 August 28 September 30
Fall II: October 5 October 6 November 6
Fall III: November 12 November 13 December 18
No Class on National Holidays

Tuitions & Fees:

Full-time tuition*

5 weeks/20 hours of class per week

Health Insurance** $110
Student Service/facilities fee $160
One-time airport pick-up fee $50
One-time housing placement fee $200
Application to A.C.E. $100
Courier delivery of I-20 $65
4 placement test for students conditionally admitted to MSU $50
TOEFL Test (institutional) $60
*Additional 5 hour per week (e.g. Toefl, Acad. Vocabulary, Business English, etc.) are available at an additional $371.00 per course, per session.
**Unless student already has own insurance  

Residence Hall Fees for A.C.E. Students:


Fall I*

Fall II*

Fall III*

Single room/

21 meals per week

$1,228-$1,364 $1,296-$1,330 $1,126-$1,262

Single room/

15 meals per week

$1,154-$1,282 $1,218-$1,250 $1,058-$1,187

Double room/

21 meals per week

$1,170-$1,300 $1,235-$1,268 $1,073-$1,203

Double room/

15 meals per week

$1,096-$1,218 $1,157-$1,187 $1,005-$1,126
Estimated summer room cost/no meals included

Summer I


Summer II


Summer III


Homestay $625 per session with private room and 7 meals each week
*Prices may vary depending on room size and availability

A.C.E. Language Institute Staff:

Dr. Rick O'Connor Director
Ana Valdivia Business Manager
Connie Lange  Student Services & Enrollment Coordinator
Endsley Barrett Instructor
David Dearth Instructor
Rick Dendinger Instructor
Rachel Fasse Instructor
Cheri Ladd LeCain Instructor
Shannon Mahoney Instructor
Paul Mart Instructor
Cassie McDonald Instructor
Matt Rabinsky Instructor
Karen Savage Instructor
Ann Sorenson Instructor
Karen Sutherland Instructor
Sue Zimmerman Instructor

How to Apply:

If you are interested in conditional admission to Montana State University, with a program of English study first, please contact:

Ms. Susan Reisch, International Admissions Representative

MSU Office of International Programs

400 Culbertson Hall

Bozeman, MT 59717 USA

Tel: +1-406-994-6462

Fax: +1-406-994-1619


Apply to MSU with conditional admission


For more information about the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, e-mail Dr. Rick O’Connor, Director of the Language Institute, who will be very happy to write back to you:

Dr. Rick O'Connor, Director

A.C.E. Language Institute

1106 S. 6th Avenue

Bozeman, MT 59715 USA

Tel: +1-406-585-9832

Fax: +1-406-585-9838

E-mail: or

Apply to A.C.E. Language Institute