Groups and Organizations

Global Culture Club Welcomes You!

The Global Culture Club (GCC) is an organization for American and International students alike.  The GCC is a student body club that represents the international students and strives to cater to the needs of all Montana State University students by establishing a friendly multicultural society.  It is a well-recognized organization within Montana State University, currently representing over 700 students from 75 different countries.

For more information, please contact Deborah Chiolero by email or calling 406-994-7722.

Bozeman Friends of International Students (BFIS)

Share your culture while learning about another!

The Bozeman Rotary Club joins Montana State University in welcoming students from over 65 countries to the Gallatin Valley. Recognizing the contributions of international students to the community and the chance to promote understanding and relations between people of different nations, the Bozeman Rotary Club and MSU Office of International Programs invite community members to be a part of Bozeman Friends of International Students (BFIS).

BFIS is a voluntary program that was established to encourage friendship with international students and to allow them to get a closer experience of "the American way of life."  Matches of students and families or individuals are made according to stated interests and preferences to the extent possible.  Ideally, a lasting friendship forms between the community member(s) and student.  There are unlimited ways to build a friendship. Getting together at least once per month is suggested.  Some typical activities for BFIS members are: sightseeing- lunch, dinner or coffee- attending a cultural or sports event- celebrating a birthday or holiday together. To become involved, contact Susan Reisch by email at or by phone at 994-6462 with any questions. BFIS matches will be made promptly and notification will be given by phone or mail.

Conversation Partners

American students and Bozeman community members are invited to volunteer for the Conversation Partners program. The program is managed through the American Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) Language Institute on the MSU campus and works to match native English speakers with international students who are studying English as a Second Language at the Institute. The Conversation Partners program allows students to practice their conversational English skills one-on-one in a non-classroom setting. Volunteers are asked to commit at least one hour per week to the program and should be available for at least a five-week period (the length of one session at the Language Institute).

Prospective volunteers can contact Paul Swift at the Language Institute (; 585-9832, 1106 S. 6th Street) for an application form. Information is collected from both the volunteer and the international student so that they can be matched with regard to their schedules and interests. Once partners are assigned, they are invited to meet at the Language Institute office for a preliminary introduction, and from that point on they can arrange their own time and place for meeting. English practice can take place over coffee, while hiking or shopping, or in many other settings. Participation in Conversation Partners can be a rewarding experience and the beginning of an international friendship!

ESL and American Culture Class for Spouses

English for Speakers of Other Languages and American Civics classes are offered throughout the year, except in the summer months, at the beginning and intermediate levels. The classes are inexpensive and offered through the Bozeman Adult Learning Center. To take a placement test and enroll, please call 406-585-8673 or come to the center at 404 West Main St. in the Willson Building.

Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings for 8-week sessions and are designed to increase English language proficiency and provide instruction to support learners in all aspects of life in the United States. In addition to classroom instruction, students will be matched with conversation partners to allow further practice in language skills. Students may attend more than one of the class section at the appropriate level. To learn about the current, or upcoming schedule, please contact the Adult Learning Center at 406-585-8673.

Other International Student Groups

MSU international students are very active and many different student groups exist for students from many countries and cultures. These organizations provide places for international students to support one another while celebrating and sharing their cultures and customs with the Bozeman and MSU communities at-large. Organizations include the following:

Other clubs exist in order for people to learn more about a language, culture, or history of a certain region/country. Many clubs exist for students to practice their language skills. International clubs include:

There are even interest-specific organizations such as:

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