MSU Study Abroad Eligibility                                                

All MSU students who wish to study abroad and have their credits transfer back to MSU, must apply through MSU. 

The basic eligibility requirements for MSU students applying to study abroad: 

  • Good MSU Dean of Students Conduct standing 
  • Good MSU Academic standing 
    • Minimum GPA 2.5. Other GPA requirements vary depending on program type 
  • Successful completion of two semesters at MSU-Bozeman.
  • Active enrollment at MSU the semester applying to study abroad.


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#1 Research Programs to Find the Best Fit. 

Click on the "Programs" button above to learn about the various program types offered at MSU. Some questions to consider:

  • Where do you want to study abroad?
  • Do you want to study courses in your major or minor?
  • Are the courses you are interested in offered at the host university?  
  • How many credits do you want to take?
  • How long do you want to be abroad?
  • What is your financial situation? Are you in-state, or out-of-state? Do you have scholarhips or use financial aid? 
  • Do you have an updated passport?


If you need further guidance, please visit our Drop-In Advising Hours. 


#2Create an MSU Study Abroad Account 

Your MSU Study Abroad materials including your application, will be located in this user account also referred to as, "My Global Connections." To create an account, scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Login" or go to the Study Abroad Login Page, then select "New User."

#3Visit Drop-in Advising Hours

Advising offers students an opportunity to communicate their study abroad plan and bring their questions or concerns to our team.

#4Decide which Term to Study Abroad and Program Type. 

Please email [email protected] with this information. Once we hear from you, we can generate an MSU Study Abroad application that corresponds with your program type and academic term. 

#5 Complete the MSU Study Abroad Application 

The MSU Study Abroad Application process looks different for each program type. However, they all include: 

  • Study Abroad interview 
  • Non-refundable fees
  • Official Transcript 
  •  Passport

Our team takes the application process seriously. We look for quality and sincere interest when evaluating study abroad applications. 

Students who wish to study abroad with ISEP or any Direct Enroll/Fee-based program typically need to complete a separate application alongside their MSU Study Abroad Application. 

#6 Complete Pre-Departure Requirements 

Per MSU International Travel & Safety Compliance policies, all MSU students who wish to study abroad must complete a Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation and Travel Health & Safety Class. The dates for these requirements vary, but they typically occur after students have completed Step 5. 

Other requirements include:

  • Visa
  • MSU Course Approval Form 
  • Travel Insurance Enrollment
  • Financial Aid Forms (optional)

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#7 Go Somewhere! 

Explore, learn, and meet new people!

#8 Re-Entry to U.S and MSU

Students who return from studying abroad will need to ask their host university or host program to send their abroad transcript to MSU. The mailing address is: 

Office of International Programs
Montana State University

Strand Union Building 183
P.O. Box 172260
Bozeman, MT 59717-2260

Students who plan to take classes at MSU after their semester abroad will need to register for courses while abroad. 

Please visit the Study Abroad Alumni Page for more re-entry resources.


Please click the LogIn button to access your MSU Study Abroad profile.

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