Bozeman and Montana State University
LEAP is a year-long professional development program. Its goals are to help participants improve their English, learn about the U.S. higher education system, and learn about the operations and programming of international programs offices. LEAP participants are staff at Japanese universities and employees of MEXT, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
2013-14 LEAP participants will spend their first month in Seattle, Washington focusing on English language study at the A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University. Visits to major universities and colleges in the Seattle area will provide LEAPers the opportunity to begin to learn about American higher education.
In mid-May, LEAPers will travel to Bozeman, Montana to continue their studies at Montana State University (MSU). While at MSU, participants attend A.C.E. Language Institute at MSU; meeting with MSU campus office staff; go to the national NAFSA conference; attend a series of focused “Colloquium” presentations on topics related to university and international program operations; and give a final presentation.
They are then assigned to another U.S. university to do a six-month practicum internship in an international programs office. LEAP ends with a visit to Washington, DC, for a series of presentations from professionals working in various government, non-profit, and Presidential Association offices.
Montana State University is a vibrant and growing land-grant university dedicated to student-centered learning. Current enrollments total over 14,000, to include over 500 international students from 75 countries. The largest university in Montana, MSU offers bachelor's degree programs in over 100 fields, masters in 40, and doctorates in 16.