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. Review the the list of undergraduate admissions required material 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. To start the application process as a graduate applicant review the graduate admission and application information provided by the Graduate Studies office.
3. What is the cost to attend?
Costs to attend MSU Billings as international student 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.
4. What are the TOEFL/IELTS requirements?
If English is not your native language, you will need to provide adaquate test scores in order to be eligible for university-level course admission. MSU Billings accepts various tests. Please click HERE to review the tests and necessary scores for undergraduate admission.
MSUB TOEFL institution code is 4298.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT (Internet-based test): 79
IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
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.
5. Do you have Provisional Admission?
MSU Billings does offer provisional admission to students who do not have the required English proficiency. The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) develops your English language skills while preparing for success in college.
6. What degree programs and majors are offered at MSU Billings?
Over 120 degree programs are available for new international students, transfer students & students from partnering universities to earn an MSU Billings associate, bachelor's or master's degree. Programs are offered at the undergraduate and graduate degree level.
7. Can I apply for scholarships?
All international students, once admitted, qualify for a number of University scholarships including the merit-based Explore Montana Scholarship and the International Student Yellowstone Scholarship. International students may also be eligible for paid campus employment opportunities.
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 Academic/Intensive English Language Calendar. Applications received after the priority deadlines will be considered on a case by case basis.
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-by-case
basis. Learn more about living on campus.
10. How many international students are at MSU Billings and where are they from?
Roughly 100 international students from about 20 countries study at MSU Billings! Meet our international students.
11. Can I stay with a host family?
MSU Billings does not have a home stay program for international students, however, once accepted, the Office of International Studies can connect interested international students with local Billings families through the Billings Friendship Family (BFF) Program. Please contact International Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org for any other questions.