Office of International Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply as an undergraduate applicant?

 

There is a list of required documents to complete the undergraduate application process. Applicants have the option to send copies of the required documents to receive the acceptance packet. However, it is critical for us to have all documents in the original copies eventually to complete the students’ files. Click here to see the list of required documents to start the application process as an undergraduate applicant.

 

2. How do I apply as a graduate applicant?

 

There is a list of required documents to complete the graduate application process. Applicants have the option to send copies of the required documents to receive the acceptance packet. However, it is critical for us to have all documents in the original copies eventually to complete the students’ files. Click here to see the required documents to start the application process as a graduate applicant.

 

3. What is the cost to attend?

 

Costs to Attend MSU Billings are very reasonable compared with other U.S. Universities, and all international students, once admitted, qualify for a number of University scholarships and may also be eligible for paid campus work study opportunities. Click here to see cost to attend MSU Billings as an international student.

 

4. What are the TOEFL/IELTS requirements?

 

If English is not your native language, proof of one of the following is necessary to document English Language Proficiency. MSUB TOEFL institution code is 4298.

 

Type of Admission: Undergraduate


TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) PBT (Paper-based test): 515
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT (Internet-based test): 68
IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 5.5
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 73
PET A (Pearson Test of English Academic): 50
iTEP: 3.5
ESL: 112

 

Type of Admission: Graduate


TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) PBT (Paper-based test): 565

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT (Internet-based test): 84

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 80

PET A (Pearson Test of English Academic): 65

iTEP: 3.5

ESL: 112

 

However, students who do not yet have the required English proficiency could be conditionally admitted to MSU Billings as an Intensive English Language Program student. Once graduated from the program, students will be able to start pursuing their degrees without taking TOEFL or IELTS. Click here to see more information on Intensive English Language Program.

 

5. Do you have Conditional Admission?

 

MSU Billings does offer conditional admission to students who do not have the English proficiency required. Click here to see more information on conditional admission at MSU Billings.

 

6. What degree programs and majors are offer at MSU Billings?

 

Over 160 degree programs are available for new international students, transfer students & students from partnering universities to earn an MSU Billings associates, bachelor's or masters degree. Click to see undergraduate and associate degree programs as well as graduate programs.

 

7. Can I apply for scholarships?

 

All international students, once admitted, qualify for a number of University scholarships including the Yellowstone Scholarship that is specifically offered to international students and may also be eligible for paid campus work study opportunities. Click here to see scholarship and campus employment information.

 

8. What is the deadline to apply?

 

We take applications on an ongoing basis. Applications will be processed as soon as possible once required documents are received. Our priority deadlines are as shown in the following calendars. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered on a case to case basis. Click here to see how to start the application process.

 

Academic/Intensive English Language Calendar

 
Semester Application Deadline Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 November 1, 2015 January 20, 2016 May 5, 2016
Summer 2016 February 1, 2016 TBD TBD

 

Intensive English Language Program Calendar

 

NOTE: Session Length/Class Hours are 130 hours per session; 20 hours per week.

 

 

Start Date End Date
January 14, 2015 February 27, 2015
March 10, 2015 May 1, 2015
May 12, 2015 June 26, 2015
July 7, 2015 August 21, 2015
September 9, 2015 October 23, 2015
November 3, 2015 December 18, 2015

 

 

9. What is the deadline to apply for on campus housing?

 

On campus housing priority deadline is one month before each semester/session starts. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered on a case to case basis. Click here to see more information about on campus housing.

 

10. How many international students are at MSU Billings? Where are they from?

 

We are excited to welcome over 200 students who have been admitted for Spring 2015 semester from 20 countries! Click here to see students experience at MSU Billings.

Countries and flags representing the international students studying at MSU Billings

11. Can I stay with a host family?

 

MSU Billings does not have a home stay program for international students, however, once accepted, Office of Office of International Studies tries to make connections for students who seek to stay with an American family in Billings. Please contact International Studies at ois@msubillings.edu for any other questions.