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Sample Program: Three-week Winter Language and Recreation Institute

Overview
Montana Hall in winterThis exciting educational and recreational institute provides participants the opportunity to improve their English listening and speaking skills and enjoy some of the American West’s finest winter activities. Classes will focus on understanding and using colloquial English and common expressions, U.S. culture, and the American West. Outside of class, participants will also have numerous opportunities to practice English and learn about American culture by engaging with local community members and organizations. Institute participants will live with an American family for 14 days, interact intensively with program staff, spend time with other students at MSU, and do a brief presentation about themselves to a group of Bozeman school district students.

Institute participants will also enjoy four full days of skiing at two world-class ski resorts near Bozeman—Bridger Bowl and Moonlight Basin. Additionally, the institute will include an exciting two-day trip into the heart Yellowstone National Park. One of the world’s most beautiful and varied natural and geological landscapes, Yellowstone offers visitors exceptional opportunities to see deer, bison, elk, wolves, eagles, and even bears. Program participants will travel from West Yellowstone into the “Old Faithful” geyser basin in a snow coach, a tracked equipped to travel over snow and ice. Many people have described such full day, guided winter tours as the “experience of a lifetime.”

Per-student program costs for the institute are based on the number of participants.  Typically, a three-week program will cost between US$2,500-$3,000 per person.

All of the following activities are included in the cost of the Winter Institute:

English Language Instruction

  • 10 half-day English classes from an experienced ESL instructor

Skiing

  • 3 days skiing at Bridger Bowl (includes liift passes, equipment rental, and one full-day lesson)
  • 1 day skiing at Moonlight Basin (includes lift pass and equipment rental)

Accommodations

  • 4 nights in a deluxe Bozeman hotel
  • 15 nights in Bozeman with a homestay family
  • 2 nights at the Stage Coach Inn, West Yellowstone, MT

Transportation

  • All local transportation is provided

Other Activities

 

Costs NOT included in budget:

  • Most meals (Please note: breakfast and dinner are provided during the homestay; various other meals also provided)
  • Airline tickets
  • Airport transfers or accommodations in stopover cities
  • Health and other travelers insurance (all participants will be required to hold and show proof of insurance)
  • Cost for escort from home country
  • Personal expenses

 

3 Week Program

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7

Students arrive

Check into hotel

PM – Downtown tour and welcome dinner

9AM – Program orientation and campus tour

12PM – Lunch

1PM – English Class

9AM – English Class

12PM­ – Lunch

1PM – Pioneer Museum

9AM – English Class

12PM – Lunch

PM – Shopping

9AM – English Class

12PM – Lunch

1PM – Depart for West Yellowstone

PM – Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center; Shopping

8:30AM – Snow coach trip into Yellowstone

12:30PM – Lunch at “old faithful” and geyser viewing

5:30PM – Arrive hotel

9:30AM – Check out for return to Bozeman

12PM – Lunch

2PM – Homestay pickup
Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14
FREE DAY with homestay family

9AM – English Class

12PM – Lunch

FREE AFTERNOON

9AM – Bridger Bowl ski mountain

10AM – Ski Lesson

12:30PM – Lunch

4PM – Depart Bridger Bowl

5PM – Homestay pickup

9AM – English Class

12PM – Lunch

3:30 PM – Museum of the Rockies

5PM Homestay pickup

9AM – Bridger Bowl ski mountain

12:30PM – Lunch

4PM – Depart Bridger Bowl

5PM – Homestay pickup

9AM – English Class

12PM – Lunch

FREE AFTERNOON
FREE DAY with homestay family
Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21
FREE DAY with homestay family

9AM – English Class

12PM – Lunch

FREE AFTERNOON

5PM – Homestay pickup

9AM – Bridger Bowl ski mountain

10AM – Ski Lesson

12:30PM – Lunch

4PM – Depart Bridger Bowl

5PM – Homestay pickup

9AM – English Class

12PM – Native American Lunch Presentation

FREE AFTERNOON

5PM – Homestay pickup

9AM – Moonlight Basin ski mountain

10AM – Ski Lesson

12:30PM – Lunch

4PM – Depart Bridger Bowl

5PM – Homestay pickup

9AM – English Class

12PM – Lunch

1:30 – School Presentations

5PM – Homestay pickup

FREE DAY with homestay family

6PM – Farewell dinner and potluck party

Depart next day