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Questions? Complete our convenient online inquiry form -- click hereOffice of Office of International Studies aims to support the International community on MSUB campus with effective and efficient services.  Please feel free to contact us for more information and any questions to be answered.

Phone: 406-657-1705
FAX: 406-896-5907
Address: 1500 University Dr., McDonald Hall Room 150, Billings, MT 59101 USA

Dr. Paul Foster

Dr. Paul M. Foster
Executive Director
Phone: 406-657-1705

 "Montana and the Rocky Mountain region have long been an important area of international communication -- from the many important Native American peoples, to the hard working people from Europe, Asia, Latin America who have farmed and ranched on our land, mined our minerals and built our highways, railroads and factories, Montana has a proud international history. Now, in the 21st century we are at the cusp of a great global communication revolution which will usher in an even deeper international presence in Montana based on the knowledge economy.  MSU Billings will be at the center of this process."

Xiaoyi Wang

Xiaoyi Wang
International Outreach Manager
Phone: 406-896-5903

“ As an international alumna of MSU Billings my perspective really helps me connect with other international students. I feel very fortunate to be part of the internationalization process of our campus. I enjoy representing MSU Billings, working with partner agencies, institutions, and universities, and sharing my experience with potential and current students. I think MSUB has so much to offer and having international students on our campus really help our domestic students and the Billings community learn about the world and be more accepting to other cultures. We look forward to having more students from around the world to study at MSUB, enjoy Billings and Montana, and learn about American culture in the northwestern part of the United States.

Elizabeth Shaub

Elizabeth Shaub
ESL Instructor, Intensive English Language Program

After completing a BA in International Studies from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Elizabeth spent a year volunteer teaching in Quito, Ecuador. After this experience she decided to make teaching English a career and attended Inter American University of Puerto Rico where she received an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. She has lived and taught English in Guatemala, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and South Korea. Her favorite parts of teaching are meeting students from around the world, gaining new perspectives about life and culture, and seeing the positive changes international education can have.


Ann Kooistra-Manning
ESL Instructor, Intensive English Language Program

“The diversity of cultural lifeways and perspectives in the world fascinates me and fuels my curiosity to travel and explore other cultures. In my American studies classes, I enjoy helping my international students better understand and adapt to American culture while introducing them to new activities and places around Billings. At the same time, every day brings new discoveries as students share their own cultures with me and their classmates.”


Linda Lemire
ESL Instructor, Intensive English Language Program

“I feel like teaching English as a Second Language has been a natural transition for me.  Prior to teaching, I had volunteered with international students; greeting them at the airport, helping with shopping and providing recreational opportunities such as horseback riding and snowboarding.  My family has also provided host housing for a variety of students throughout the years.  For me, the Intensive English Language Program is a two way street: students learn English language acquisition, but also teaching ESL provides me with a fresh perspective and a curiosity for other cultures.  I think that the international program at MSU-B not only provides the students with language and culture skills, but it also provides the campus and MSU-B student body with international opportunities without having to get on a plane!” 


Makiko Yamashita-Hunt
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 406-657-1705

“I have spent 5 and half years in the U.S. and a short time in Costa Rica as an international student. It was a true, life-changing experience and the most rewarding thing I’ve done; it strengthened me, expanded my worldview, and let me learn about myself. Studying abroad where no one speaks your native tongue is very challenging. Sometimes, you might find yourself not enjoying it at all. However, it will become a very valuable experience in the end, and you will never forget about those years later in your life.”

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