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Study Abroad Office

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172260
400 Culbertson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260


Heather Dolan - Study Abroad Program Assistant

Tel: (406) 994-7151


Anna Greenberg - Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7151
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Susan Welker - Study Abroad Manager

Tel: (406) 994-5719
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Alyson Roberts - CCIS Advisor and Coordinator

Tel: (406) 994-7044
Fax: (406) 994-1619


Incoming Exchange Students



A list of links related to academics here at MSU


MSU Fact Sheet

Academic Calendar

Colleges and Majors

Course Numbering System

Course Catalogue

Schedule of Classes

Description of a Credit Hour

Course Fees

List of Partner Universities


Susan Welker,, will be your academic advisor here at MSU


Student Life

Studying abroad is not only about learning at a foreign institution, it is also about experiencing local culture. Below are a couple of links highlighting ways you can engage in the local community.




MSU Student Life


Student Clubs


Bozeman Friends of International Students

Share your culture while learning about another!

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.


Friends - Fostering Relationships between International, Exchange, and Domestic Students

The Friends program is a short two week program at the beginning of the semester that pairs up MSU students with new international students that are either studying abroad at MSU or starting towards a full degree. The program seeks to help international students settle in more easily, as well as foster friendships between international and domestic students. A friend and I started the program because we both had "buddies" while studying abroad and found it incredibly helpful and fun! As a part of the program you're paired up with an MSU student who will answer questions before you arrive, help you move in, get settled, and ready for classes! If you have any questions or want to take part contact Griffin at



Exchange students find their own housing when coming here to Montana State.  You may apply for housing after being accepted and prior to receiving your student ID. Below are a few links to webpages to help find housing, whether you want to stay on campus or off campus. Priority dealine for on-campus housing applications for the fall semester is March 1st. Applications for the spring semester are processed on a first come first serve basis.

On Campus Housing

Off Campus Housing Guide

Estimated Cost of Living



How to Apply

Applicants applying for exchange must be first nominated by their home institution.  Upon nomination, applicants must follow the procedure below to apply to exchange at Montana State University.

1.  Please out the applicaiton which can be found here (fillable PDF file).

  • The file includes both the incoming application and a financial information document
  • Both documents should be filled out using type and then printed to sign in the required fields in ink

    If you are experiencing problems with loading or completing the fillable PDF form:

  • Print a paper copy of the application here
  • Print a paper copy of the financial information document here
    • Online incoming study abroad applications are currently being updated and will be coming soon.

2.  Attach required documents with completed application.

  • One official transcript of your academic work completed so far
  • Two letters of reference from faculty (professors, advisors) who are familiar with your academic
  • One essay in English introducing yourself (approximately 500 words, see guidelines in application)
  • One passport-size photo (attach to first page of completed application)
  • One photocopy of the personal information pages of your passport

3.  Send complete application with required documents to Susan Welker by:

  • E-mail to (please scan all documents into one file)




  • Mail to the following address:


    Susan Welker

    Education Abroad Manager

    Montana State University

    400 Culbertson Hall

    P.O. Box 172260

    Bozeman, MT 59717-2260



Applications are due in the Office of International Programs on:

  • April 1 for the following fall (August-December)
  • October 1 for the following spring (January-May)


Post Acceptance Documents

MSU does not require a deposit but by courtesy, please fill out the confirmation form whether you're attending MSU or not. We would greatly appreciate it.

In order to view or change your class schedule in MyInfo, you must fill out and submit these Health Forms. You MUST have them completed before arriving in Bozeman.

Once you have your flight itinerary, please fill out the Airport Pick-up request form. We will arrange for a representative from our office to greet you at the airport. Please make sure to reserve a plane ticket all the way to Bozeman (BZN). This service is free.