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On Campus:25%
  • Fall 08/29-12/16
  • Spring 01/11-05/05

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
2%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
3%Two or more races

Campus Links
Home Page
Outgoing Students
Incoming Students

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
Find Your NSE Office

Montana State University is a land-grant institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs in liberal arts, basic sciences, and the professional areas of agriculture, architecture, business, education, engineering, and nursing, all of which relate to the needs of a technological society. The University was founded in 1893 and today has over 14,000 students, an academic faculty of approximately 550, and another 200 professionals engaged in research.

MSU is located in Bozeman, a city of 40,000, situated in one of the outstanding scenic and recreational areas of the country, just 90 miles north of Yellowstone Park and within an easy drive of Teton and Glacier National Parks. Situated at the foot of the northern Rockies, Bozeman offers a variety of year-round activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Superb fishing, hunting, skiing, rock/ice climbing, kayaking, rafting, and camping are at MSU's doorstep along with a number of historical sites named by Lewis and Clark's expedition.

Campus Location - Bozeman is small town surrounded by five mountain ranges and sits at 5000 feet. It boasts four seasons, lakes, rivers, ski areas, trails for hiking, biking, a quaint downtown, and active music scene.

Helpful Information - You will find that most of the student population enjoys to be outside. Therefore, you will want to have some kind of transportation, either a bike or car. Our bus system is extensive throughout the valley and to the ski areas, but will not take you to places like Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks, a good long drive away. Our winters can be cold, so be prepared for negative twenty degrees for a few days. We have wonderful second hand stores to buy winter gear or any kind of sports equipment.

Closed Programs
All film, photography, and theater, upper division courses in graphic design, upper division clinical nursing, music technology, and student teaching.

Enrollment in upper division business, psychology, and education courses is limited. Registration in architecture and art is very limited and restricted to majors only. A portfolio may be required.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Biotechnology - We have degree programs in animal, plant, and microbial systems.
  • Native American Studies - MSU has 8 unique, native American tribal lands within its borders.
  • Environmental Sciences - Our environmental sciences departments are vast and have Yellowstone National Park and the national forests to utilize as their laboratories.
  • Snow Science - MSU has the only undergraduate degree in snow science in the country. Students have hands-on labs with avalanches and snow pack studies in the mountains surrounding Bozeman.
  • Geology - Our geology programs are extensive and have the surrounding mountains as their outdoor examples of the material the students learn within the classroom. Professors use many field trips to showcase the ideas.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Snow Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Paleontology
  • Japanese Studies
  • Sustainability Studies

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Education, Animal Sciences, Crop Science/Management, Farm and Ranch Management, Horticulture, Land Resources, Livestock Production, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Pathology, Plant Protection, Plant Science, Reclamation, Soil Science, Water Management

Anthropology: Anthropology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: American Studies, Japanse Studies (minor), Latin American Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Studio Art

Athletics: Coaching, Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Field Biology, Fish Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Finance/Banking, Management, Marketing

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Consumer and Family Studies: Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Science/Services

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geohydrology, Geology, Geosciences, Paleontology, Snow Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Child Development, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Health Education, Human Development, Mathematics, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education, Technology Education

Engineering: Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: English, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Design, Environmental Sciences, Fish and Game Management, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Range Management/Resources, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management

Food Science: Food Science, Food Services Management, Nutrition

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), French, German, Japanese, Spanish

General Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Regional Analysis/Planning, Spatial Geographic Information Science

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Dietetics, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Nursing

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

International Studies: International Relations

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Military Sciences

Museum Studies: Museum Studies

Performing Arts: Music, Music Education, Music Technology

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Astrophysics, Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Sociology

Technology: Construction Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Quick Links Registration Priority
  • After campus students
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate or post-baccalaureate students
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A with full-term enrollment
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 6/21/2016.
  • Estimated cost: $3,443.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 21
  • Plan B: 21
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/21/2016.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee: $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $200 Year Plan A & B Optional
Health Insurance: $1,474 Semester Plan A & B Optional
ID Card: $15 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: A housing deposit of $200 is required if choosing on campus housing.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002532

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 6/21/2016.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $4,450 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: walking distance
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Our housing is starting to get quite competitive. Please apply as soon as possible:

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.