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International Undergraduate Students

Students from countries other than the United States and Canada are encouraged to apply to Montana State University as first-time freshmen or transfer students. Those who have completed secondary school are considered freshmen; those who have completed university-level coursework equivalent to 12 credits or more beyond secondary school are considered transfer students.

Academic Eligibility

Freshmen

Freshmen will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record and their English proficiency. Applicants who meet a TOEFL score of 525(CBT 195,iBT 71), IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU) and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of a 2.5 on a four-point scale will qualify for admission.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will be considered on the basis of their post-secondary education record and their English proficiency. Applicants who meet a TOEFL score of 525 (CBT 195, iBT 71), IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU) and a have a minimum cumulative transferable grade-point average of a 2.0 or C on a four-point scale will qualify for admission.

Application Procedures

  1. All application materials must bear the official school seal and signature, and be sent directly from the institution or agency to the Office of International Programs. Transcripts and test scores received from students are unofficial and not acceptable. To provide time for evaluation and for notice of acceptance to reach the applicant in a timely manner, the application and required credentials must be received by the Office of Admissions according to the following dates:

    Fall Semester - May 15
    Spring Semester - October 15
    Summer Session - March 1

  2. Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of International Programs constitutes a complete application for admission:

    1. International Application for Admission (undergraduate): The application form may be obtained by contacting the Office of International Programs, Montana State University, P.O. Box 172260, Bozeman, MT 59717-2260 (Ph: +1-406-994-4031, Fax: +1-406-994-1619). Return the completed and signed application form to the Office of International Programs.

    2. $36 application fee (online application); $30 application fee (paper application): The fee must be in U.S. currency. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University and must indicate the U.S. banking codes. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application will be processed.

    3. Official proof of English language proficiency: Official TOEFL scores may be obtained at http://www.toefl.org. Official IELTS scores can be obtained at http://www.ielts.org. Proof of completion of A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 must be submitted from the A.C.E. Language Institute, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.

    4. Evidence of financial support: Montana State University requires certification of financial support from students with non-immigrant visas. Financial documentation forms are included on the international application information. Admission will not be considered until an International Student Financial Certificate, complete with a signed statement of support is submitted and on file in the Office of Admissions. The Financial Certificate guarantees that the required minimum amount of money, in U.S. dollars, will be available to the student during the academic year. A bank statement is also required.

    5. Secondary school academic records: A complete and official secondary school record listing all courses and grades/marks earned is required of all students applying as first-time freshmen or those who have earned fewer than 12 college/university credits. The record must be sent directly from the secondary school to the Office of International Programs. Additional official certificates may be required to show completion of secondary school.

    6. College/university transcripts: Official transcripts from each international and U.S. college/university attended are required. The transcript must be sent directly from each institution to the Office of International Programs and must list all courses taken and grades/marks earned.

    7. Translation of academic records: An English translation must be received for all non-English academic credentials.

    8. Evaluation of foreign credentials: MSU reserves the right to require a professional evaluation of non-U.S. academic credentials from applicants who have attended colleges/universities outside the United States and Canada (where English is not the language of instruction) unless MSU has a formal agreement with the postsecondary institution.

    9. Medical records/insurance: All applicants are required to submit a completed immunization record to the Student Health Service. Proof of medical insurance is required prior to registration for classes. Records may be submitted by logging into the Student Health Service website http://www.montana.edu/health and clicking on the "On-line Student Health" link. Questions may be directed to the Student Health Service, Montana State University, P.O. Box 173260, Bozeman, MT 59717-3260 (+1-406-994-2311).

    10. Foreign Student Eligibility to Transfer form: This form must be submitted by all international students transferring from a U.S. college or university. This form should be sent to the Office of International Programs, Montana State University, P.O. Box 172260, Bozeman, MT 59717-2260 (+1-406-994-4031).

  3. The Office of International Programs will issue the Form I-20 (necessary for obtaining an F-1 student visa) to international applicants who are accepted for admission and whose admission files are complete.

  4. The request to have credentials sent to Montana State University must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made in writing directly to the registrar at the former secondary school, college, university, or agency. Credentials must be sent directly to the Office of International Programs.

  5. Application materials and application fee will be retained for one year from the original applied term. To defer admission to a later semester, the Office of International Programs must be notified well in advance of the intended semester of entry.

Requirements for International Undergraduate Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Students interested in taking a limited number of courses at MSU without pursuing a degree may apply for non-degree-seeking status by submitting the following:

  1. International Student Application form and $36 (US Dollars) application fee for online applications or $30 (US Dollars) application fee for paper applications .
  2. Official proof of English language proficiency--525 (CBT 195,iBT 71) TOEFL,IELTS 6,or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 (available at MSU) or, if a student is coming for a limited period of time on another institution's I-20, MSU will accept written permission from the instructor(s) of the MSU course(s) the student intends to take.
  3. A letter of intent from the student outlining educational objectives, purpose of study, and specific terms and dates of attendance at MSU.
  4. Financial Certificate guaranteeing the required minimum funds annually from students to whom MSU will issue an I-20.

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