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INTERLINK International Institute at Montana State University (MSU)

Intensive English Program (IEP) [Bozeman, Montana]


  • Upon successful completion of the INTERLINK advanced level, students may enter Montana State University without the TOEFL
  • Level 6 students can join American students and study in university classes
  • Online English courses offered in 5-week terms or on-campus courses offered in 5- and 9-week terms
  • Information
    • About the ESL School
    • Since its inception in 1979, INTERLINK International Institutes has been providing language training, academic preparation, and cultural orientation to help students achieve their professional, personal, and academic goals. Through INTERLINK, academically qualified applicants may receive conditional admission to its US partner universities. After successfully completing the INTERLINK advanced level, students may enter partner universities with no TOEFL or IELTS required. Outside of the classroom, INTERLINK staff organizes frequent activities for students to practice their English outside of the classroom and experience American culture.

      All INTERLINK Institutes offer the following:
      ● Accredited programs meeting national and international standards
      ● Academically qualified, motivated, and serious students
      ● Highly qualified, sensitive faculty, meeting the highest, professional standards
      ● Project-based curricula focusing on critical thinking, independent learning, and experiential learning
      ● Small classes (average: 9 students/class; maximum 12-15 students/class)
      ● Opportunity to audit or take regular university courses for credit
      ● Academic and personal support in safe and supportive environments
      ● Admission assistance at select colleges and universities

      Online Classes
      ● 2-hour classes
      ● Monday through Friday
      ● 4 hours per day for full-time attendance (2 classes)
      ● 2 hours per day for part-time attendance (1 class)
      ● Progress reports on students’ strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for improvement
      ● Certificates of attendance and program completion

      Upon successful completion of the INTERLINK program, students are able to:
      ● Speak English more fluently
      ● Write effective essays
      ● Understand spoken and written English
      ● Understand different cultures
      ● Apply and improve their critical thinking skills
      ● Conduct research and report findings in English
      ● Engage in group work and in team activities
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Private English School
      Establishment : 1994
      Membership/Accreditation : CEA Accredited
      Enrollment : 100
      Average Class Size : 9
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Rural
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Montana!
      Thank you for visiting our profile at Since 1994, INTERLINK International Institute at Montana State University has offered high-quality English language programs, academic programs and professional training programs to students from many different countries. We specialize in college transfer programs leading to either a degree or professional certificate, as well as summer vacation programs for students of all ages. We look forward to welcoming you to the peaceful town, Bozeman in Montana!
      Valley Peters
      Center Director
      INTERLINK International Institute at Montana State University
    • INTERLINK International Institute at Montana State University
      330 Culbertson Hall
      Bozeman, Montana  59717  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (406) 994-3807
      FAX: +1 (406) 994-3807
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Students at the INTERLINK International Institute at MSU may choose to live in on-campus dormitories or a homestay experience (when available). Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students – both American and international.Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Private off-campus apartments may also be available near campus; INTERLINK staff will help students find reasonably priced, safe apartments. For more information, see or use the contact address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The INTERLINK International Institute at Montana State University is nestled in the stunning university town of Bozeman, Montana, an intimate community of over 38,000 residents. Situated in the heart of the magnificent Rocky Mountain range, Bozeman is home to an eclectic breed of people who appreciate an unmatched quality of life. From ranchers, artists and professors to ski enthusiasts, high-tech engineers and entrepreneurs, the Bozeman community consists of people from backgrounds and cultures as diverse as the Montana landscape. Downtown Bozeman is outfitted with rows of historic turn-of-the-century buildings while more than 100 boutiques and restaurants line Historic Main Street, the city’s charming retailing corridor. Surrounded by four mountain ranges, thousands of acres of the Gallatin National Forest and hundreds of miles of world-class fly-fishing streams, the area is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Within minutes of downtown Bozeman, there are endless opportunities to go camping, hiking, mountain climbing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, boating, swimming and waterskiing. During the winter months, the area surrounding Bozeman is especially popular among ski and snowboarding enthusiasts as three challenging ski resorts - Big Sky, Moonlight Basin and Bridger Bowl – are located nearby. The phenomenally breathtaking Yellowstone National Park is a 90 minute drive from downtown Bozeman, offering its visitors more than 2.2 million acres to explore its panoramic vistas, steaming geysers, crystal-blue lakes and impressive waterfalls. Yellowstone is the greatest wildlife sanctuary in the United States and was designated as the world’s first National Park.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1893, Montana State University (MSU) is a unique public institution home to 12,000 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students from the United States and more than 59 countries around the world. It is among the top 3% of universities in the U.S. for research expenditures. Ranked #5 in Outside magazine’s list of “40 Best College Towns” in 2003, MSU offers an impressive range of academic programs for students to study in one of the nation’s most spectacular outdoor environments. Students have the opportunity to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees among MSU’s eight academic colleges: Agriculture; Arts and Architecture; Business; Education; Health and Human Development; Engineering; Letters and Science; and Nursing. Students undecided of their academic specialization can explore the university’s newest college, University College. This academic college offers students an opportunity to study from a broad curriculum in the arts, humanities and sciences to help them pursue their own interdisciplinary interests, including international or environmental studies. Bearing the campus slogan “Mountains and Minds,” MSU is nestled in the stunning ranges and wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountains. Students are quick to appreciate the campus environment providing clean mountain air, uncrowded classes and wide-open spaces, creating a collegiate atmosphere unrivaled in most of the United States. Life outside of classrooms is active among MSU students as the surrounding environment promotes activity and involvement. With over 138 student-run organizations available, students can expand their interests by joining volunteer and public service organizations.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL program. No TOEFL score is required.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • The INTERLINK intensive English program at Montana State University offers a unique, project-based curriculum that prepares students and professionals for success at American universities and in their careers. Students receive 20 hours of class instruction per week in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, coupled with a special three-hour weekly module. In-person classes are offered in 9-week terms and online classes are offered in 5-week terms.

      Upon their arrival at the institute, students’ English abilities are tested in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking to guarantee their proper placement into an ability level. Students receive 20 hours of class instruction per week in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, coupled with a special three-hour module. Classroom sizes average 10 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction. This program is ideal for those students who want to achieve maximum progress in their English skills and/or gain admission to an American college or university.

      While the in-class instruction focuses on the development of academic language skills such as essay writing and formal presentation, the module allows students to explore their community, participate in special activities, and report to their teachers on their observations, findings, and learning. The in-person program arranges opportunities for students to use their newly learned language skills through sharing their cultures at local schools, community organizations, and in classes on campus. Through their active involvement in authentic communicative activities, students develop the linguistic skills necessary for professional, personal, and academic success.

      Students studying at the top Level 6 are able to complement their studies by attending classes with American students on campus and experience studying in a true academic environment at a U.S. university. After successfully completing the INTERLINK advanced level, students may enter partner universities with no TOEFL required.

      Outside of the classroom, INTERLINK organizes plenty of opportunities for students to practice their English in a natural environment, including hiking and camping trips, lunch and dinner parties and on-campus sports competitions. Students can independently participate in local festivals and enjoy abundant outdoor activities in all seasons.

      Accredited by the Commission on English Language Programs Accreditation (CEA), INTERLINK supports the standards for intensive English programs established by TESOL, NAFSA, and EnglishUSA (formerly the American Association of Intensive English Programs).
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 Students Max
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 -12 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 9,18,27 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: On-Campus Residence
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      5 WEEKS:
      6/1 - 7/30

      9 WEEKS:
      8/16 - 10/1510/18 - 12/17

    • Costs
      US$ 100
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      9 WEEKS US$ 3,150
      18 WEEKS US$ 6,300
      27 WEEKS US$ 9,450
      US$ 300
      9-27 WEEKS Contact Program US$ 1,800 - 2,500 Contact Program
      Airport Pickup Service
      Health Insurance
      US$ 290 (For F1 visa holders)
      Student Services
      US$ 405 (In-person program)
      Express Mailing of I-20
      US$ 65
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      The application fee is non-refundable.
      The housing placement fee amount is deducted from the student’s housing payment.
      Housing fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Bozeman, Montana
    • Location
      INTERLINK International Institute at Montana State University
      330 Culbertson Hall Bozeman, Montana  59717  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Gallatin Field Airport:
      The INTERLINK International Institute arranges airport pick-up service and brings students directly to the campus in approximately 20 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.6
      School Environment: 4.8
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.4
      Activities and Social Life: 4.2
      Accommodation: 4.3


    • There are 5 reviews for this school

    • Fumie
      [ Nagoya, Japan, Female ]
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Big Sky Country
      What I learned at A.C.E. is the practical English. Before I went there, I was not good at speaking and listening. Through A.C.E. classes, communications with teachers and friends there, I've learned many necessary skills. I'm very satisfied that I chose A.C.E. at MSU in Bozeman, since I could get the useful skills, meet wonderful teachers and friends, and spend some time in such a gorgeous, natural area-- as the Big Sky Country.
      After coming back to Japan, I returned to the university and graduated. After that, I worked for 3 years for the U.S. branch of a machinery company and went over to the States a few times to help manufacturing transfer, as a interpreter. Then, I finally decided to study translation, especially dubbing and subtitles for films. Now I work for a dubbing and subtitles production company. I'm very thankful to A.C.E. for helping me learn useful and practical ways to use my English skills and especially, to get confidence. Thanks to them, now I could find my dream, and bring it to a reality!
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      [ 台北縣, 台灣, Age 38, Female ]
      5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      蒙大拿州的波茲曼ACE語言學校是一所讓可以讓家長及讀書的人放心安心的學校,老師們和同學們都很和藹可親,而學校裡的大學生們也不會因為是不同種族的人而排斥.當遇到困難時,大家都會盡力幫忙,學校為了讓我們可以盡快進入狀況,還會安排當地的conversation partner讓我們一對一的對話,讓我們了解當地的文化,風俗.而寄宿家庭的環境更是溫馨,例假日就跟寄宿家庭的爸爸媽媽還有小朋友們一起登山,上教堂,吃飯,閒話家常,很快就可融入其環境.其中若想要多學些大學方面的課程,也可額外參加大學的先修課程,(課程安排可以搭配的話),這是對想先學語言再上大學是很好的選擇.

      [ Seoul, Korea, Male ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      미국에 처음 왔을때,수업이나, 커뮤니케이션에 대해 정말 걱정을 많이 했습니다. 하지만, ACE 선생님들과 직원들께서 너무나 잘 해주셔서 정말 좋았습니다. 또한, 영작을 잘 한다고 생각했는데, 실제로 그렇지 못했습니다. ACE 선생님들, 프로그램, 각종 수업들이 제 영작 실력을 늘리는데 크게 도움이 됐습니다. 그리고, 스피킹 수업이나 다양한 ACE 액티버티도 정말 좋았습니다.

      [ Pusan, Korea, Female ]
      영어 시험 성적은 잘 나오는 편이었는데, Speaking은 정말 못하는 편이습니다. ACE에서 공부하면서, discussion이나 많은 presentation을 연습하면서, speaking에 대한 자신감을 많이 얻었습니다. 또한, 세계 각국의 친구들은 물론, 미국 친구들과도 많은 추억을 만들 수 있었습니다.

      Siou-rong Su
      [ Taipei, Taiwan ]
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