In this age of global interdependence, developing an international perspective among students is one of the essential components of a higher education. Montana State University Billings provides students exciting opportunities to study and live in other countries and to explore diverse cultures and societies. Studying abroad is the unique way to expand one’s global awareness, and one’s academic and personal growth.
In thinking about studying abroad, four issues are important to understand:
There are a number of study abroad opportunities for which students may pay regular MSU Billings (or MSU-Bozeman) tuition and fees. Besides these officially sanctioned exchanges, there are some other fairly low cost programs that the Office of International Studies (Library 131) can help students identify.
Financial aid is available for study abroad costs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships early in your planning process to ensure that details can be worked out in timely fashion.
Study abroad programs range in length from two weeks to a year. Fairly brief summer programs allow students both to study abroad and to earn money for the next year.
Study abroad programs can give one an experience in a foreign language, but many programs are available in English even in countries where English is not the native language.
Come to the Office of International Studies to find out about the variety of study abroad opportunities available to students. MSU Billings offers its own programs in Japan, Korea, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland/Wales, Germany, Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Through MSU-Bozeman, with whom MSU Billings works closely, there are opportunities to study in universities in such countries as Australia, England, France, Norway, and Morocco. Many of these placements are competitive; therefore, a record of good academic performance is an advantage.
The Office of International Studies also helps recruit and assist international students at MSU Billings. English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are offered in the summer to help support international students achieve their academic goals. The Office of International Studies promotes international awareness by sponsoring such events as International Day, an International Education Week, international movie nights, programs on specific countries, and advising the on campus International Students Club, which is open to all students.
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