Montana State University

International Programs

Office of International Programs

Responding to fundamental trends which pull the United States and Montana into the global marketplace and put us into daily contact with other nations, Montana State University seeks to bring international education to the core of the academic and cultural life of the campus. The Office of International Programs (OIP), located in Culbertson Hall (Fourth Floor), offers a full range of international programs and services to MSU students, faculty, and staff.

OIP provides quality educational opportunities abroad for MSU students at 240 universities in fifty countries. OIP also offers services and programs which make MSU accessible to capable students from around the world and ensure they have worthwhile academic experiences.

At the faculty level, OIP assists faculty to pursue their fields at the global level. OIP provides information and assistance to members of the faculty wishing to engage in international research, participate in a faculty exchange program, or develop international dimensions to their courses. In addition, OIP assists departments and offices in obtaining visas and making other arrangements necessary to host visiting scholars from abroad.

OIP is also responsible for developing and maintaining international institutional relationships between MSU and selected universities throughout the world. At present, MSU maintains active relationships with over 40 universities throughout the world, and more sister institution relationships are under development.

OIP reports to the Office of the Provost and works closely with the MSU International Programs Committee in conducting its programs.

Global Studies Minor

Montana State University-Bozeman offers a Global Studies Minor (GSM) administered through the Office of International Programs. The minor is intended to provide students with the fundamental international and intercultural skills they need to succeed in the "borderless careers" they will enter in virtually any career path they choose. The concept of the minor is to draw curricular resources together into a defined program that can provide a strong foundation in international studies, foreign languages, and intercultural communication for MSU graduates.

To fulfill the minor, students must complete three requirements. First, students must complete three GSM-support courses and 14 hours of approved electives. Second, students must complete at least the first semester of the second year in a modern language or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. Third, students must fulfill an education abroad requirement by earning at least six credit hours on an approved study abroad program. This requirement can also be fulfilled through approved academic internships, service learning, or faculty supervised research abroad.

Study Abroad

MSU encourages students to study abroad, both to build the international skills which are increasingly needed in all professions, and for the intrinsic educational value of studying outside one's home country.

In addition to hundreds of study abroad options for individual students, numerous special programs are developed by MSU faculty members which allow groups of MSU students to travel and study abroad. Students earn full credit while participating in MSU-sponsored study abroad programs, and in most cases can maintain regular progress toward their MSU degree while studying abroad. Some MSU-approved study abroad experiences also satisfy the University Core Curriculum Multicultural/Global or Diversity requirement. These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Fees for many study abroad programs are based on MSU tuition rates, enabling students to study abroad for little additional cost than remaining on the Bozeman campus. In addition, students eligible for financial assistance may apply their aid package to meet study abroad costs.

OIP's International Opportunities Resource Center, located on the fourth floor of Culbertson Hall, offers students professional study abroad advising services and extensive reference materials on MSU-sponsored and non-MSU-sponsored study abroad programs.

International Institutional Partners

MSU maintains sister-institutional relationships with many specially selected universities around the world. With these institutions, MSU offers student and faculty exchanges, conducts collaborative research activities, and provides other cooperative programs. Current sister institutions abroad are listed below. Additional international partnerships are under development to meet the growing need for international educational opportunities for MSU students and faculty.

Flinders University, Adelaide
Macquarie University, Sydney
University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba
University of Western Australia, Perth
University of Wollongong, Wollongong
University of Western Sydney, Sydney
Costa Rica
Universidad Veritas, San Jose
University of Sheffield, Sheffield
Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management, Marseille
Universite Paul Valery (Montpellier III), Montpellier
Eberland-Karls-Universitat, Tubingen
Martin-Luther-Universitat, Halle
Free University, Berlin
Technische Universitat, Berlin
University of Applied Sciences Fachhocshule Ravensburg, Weingarten
University of Mannheim, Mannheim
National University of Ireland - Galway, Galway
Kansai Gadai University, Osaka
Kumamoto University, Kumamoto
Kumamoto Gakuen University, Kumamoto
Perfectural University of Kumamoto, Kumamoto
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
New Zealand
Massey University, Palmerston North
University of Canterbury, Christchurch
University of Waikato University, Hamilton
Northern Ireland
University of Ulster, Ulster
Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas
University of Oslo, Oslo
University of Bergen, Bergen
Republic of Korea
Yonsei University, Seoul
South Africa
University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch
Letra Hispanica, Salamanca
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia
Universidad Publica de Navarra, Pamplona
Jonkoping International Business School, Jonkoping
Yeditepe University, Istanbul
Kadir Has University, Istanbul
United Kingdom
Kingston University, London
Lancaster University, Lancaster
University of Exeter, Exeter
University of Plymouth, Plymouth

International Students

MSU encourages qualified students from other nations to enroll in its programs on a degree-seeking, non-degree, or exchange basis. International students enrich the MSU campus, exposing MSU students to the diverse cultures and traditions of other nations. In order to enable international students to succeed at MSU and to have a positive experience on the campus, the Office of International Programs offers a program of quality international student advising on cultural adjustment, immigration regulations, and academic and personal matters; programs to integrate international students into the campus and the Bozeman community; and instruction in English as a Second Language through the A.C.E. Language Institute.

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