A.C.E. Language Institute at Montana State University
A.C.E. Language Institute at Montana State University is located in Bozeman, Montana, a university town in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. A.C.E. students spend 18 hours a week in intensive English language classes and 3 hours in optional elective classes. Students may choose to live with a host family, in a campus dorm, or in an apartment off or on campus. This institute also offers a variety of electives such as such as Business English, Tutoring, English through Music, Conversation & Pronunciation, TOEFL Prep and more.
The mission of the A.C.E. Language Institute at Montana State University is to prepare students linguistically and culturally for their educational and professional pursuits as well as providing opportunities for personal growth.
Bozeman, Montana is a university town in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. In the summer, students enjoy hiking, canoeing, fishing, white water rafting, and visits to Yellowstone National Park. In the winter, students often spend free time skiing or snowboarding at resorts just 30 minutes from town.
Montana State University ranks in the top tier of all research universities in the U.S. and specializes in sciences and engineering. Located in scenic Bozeman, Montana, MSU is close to famous Yellowstone National Park.
- The Carnegie Foundation ranks MSU in the top tier of Research Universities, demonstrating very high research activity, along with Harvard, Yale and MIT.
- MSU offers over 100 undergraduate degrees
- 50 master's degree programs and 27 doctoral degrees programs are also offered at MSU
- Class Size (average): 36 students
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:1
- Full-time Faculty: 553
- One of the best Nursing programs in the USA (Nursing graduates have a 94% pass rate on the nursing exam)
- MSU Film school is one of the top film schools in the USA and the only one offering a Masters Degree in Natural History Filmmaking
- The College of Business is accredited by AACSB, the top accreditation worldwide for Business Schools. Only 15% of Business Schools are accredited worldwide.
Fees may change without notice. All fees above reflect Fall Semester 2013 and Spring Semester 2014 only. Rates are based per session. One A.C.E. session is 7.5 weeks, which is equal to half of a MSU semester.
Intensive English Program Fees Per Session
|Intensive Program Tuition (7.5 weeks)*||$2600|
|Residence Halls*** (7.5 weeks)||$1,750 - $2500|
|Meal Plan**** (7.5 weeks)||Included with housing fee; see MSU website|
* Fees do not include additional one-time $100 A.C.E. application fee. Additional 3 hours per week of electives (e.g. TOEFL Prep, Academic Vocabulary, Business English, etc.) are available for $420.00 per course, per session.
** Student Services fee includes campus based services. The rate may change without notice.
*** Residence Hall fees are approximate and vary depending on location and number of occupancy. All residence hall packages include meal plans. Fees do not include additional one-time $200 housing placement fee. Students will pay dormitory costs after arrival.
See details on MSU campus living here:
Limited homestay options available.
**** The Meal Plan is included with the residence hall fee and varies depending on the plan. See MSU residence page.
***** All students are required to have valid health insurance. Students must demonstrate health insurance coverage or purchase health insurance through A.C.E. Fees listed above cover the student during the 7.5-week session. Students may purchase additional coverage for vacation periods. View our health insurance plan here.
Application Fee$100 application fee is required at the time of application. It is non-refundable.
Cancellation and Refund Policy"Cancellation" means informing A.C.E. in writing before the first day of classes of a given prepaid session that the student will not attend. No refunds are offered after the session has started. There is a $250 cancellation fee applied for all cancellations regardless of the number of prepaid sessions. However, the balance of the sessions' tuition and refundable charges will be refunded if cancelled before the start of the session. Students must submit a completed Cancellation and Refund Form to A.C.E. No refunds are issued if a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons. No refunds are issued for application, housing placement fees or insurance. Portions of requested refunds may be issued to agency organizations that the student selected. Refunds can also be applied to tuition and fees in future sessions by student request. Should there be any change to the cancellation and refund policy, the policy that was in place at the time of the student's prepayment shall be maintained until the end of the prepaid term.
Financial Documentation for F-1 Visa StudentsThe United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requires that students have sufficient financial resources to meet school and living costs while in the U.S. The student, parents, or a sponsor must provide a current bank statement or an official letter from a bank verifying sufficient funds.
Housing RequestsAll requests to stay at Residence Halls must be placed at least 6 weeks before the beginning of the program you are applying for. Montana Homestay processes homestay requests. If you have any questions regarding homestay placement please contact the homestay provider directly. Every effort will be made to arrange the homestay if you apply with Montana Homestay AT LEAST 6 WEEKS BEFORE the beginning of the program you are applying for. Keep in mind that homestays are limited, especially during the summer.
Courier Mailing FeeStudents may request to have acceptance materials and I-20 sent by courier mail service. There will be an additional charge of $65 for courier mail service. All applications received less than 30 days before the student's requested start date will be sent by courier mail service.
Other ExpensesStudents should expect to buy books at a cost of approximately $250 per session. Students should budget additional money for personal expenses such as travel or entertainment. These expenses will vary.
Payment of FeesA.C.E. will accept payment by traveler's check, personal check drawn on a U.S. bank, cashier's check, credit card, or wire transfer. To pay by wire transfer you must add a $30 wire transfer fee to the amount invoiced.
Age RequirementStudents aged 17 and older may enroll in an A.C.E. Language Institute. Students younger than 17 should contact A.C.E. for information on youth programs.
|Program Dates||A.C.E. Application Deadlines*|
|Spring 2014 Session 1||January 6 - February 28||December 6|
|Spring 2014 Session 2||March 3 - May 2||February 3|
|Summer 2014 Session 1||May 8 - June 20||April 8|
|Summer 2014 Session 2||June 19 - August 1||May 19|
|Fall 2014 Session 1||August 21 - October 15||July 21|
|Fall 2014 Session 2||October 16 - December 12||September 16|
* Applications after the deadline may be considered individually on a space available basis, as time permits for housing and visa processing. University deadlines may be earlier.
The A.C.E. Language Institute sessions closely match the schedule of the university location during the school year. During the summer, there is more variation to the schedules, due to shorter university summer terms.
The MSU campus will have spring break during Spring Session 2. The session will still have 7.5 weeks of class.
Summer sessions at MSU are extra intensive 6-week courses, with additional class hours to match the standard 7.5-week curriculum. Tuition and fees remain the same, but housing will be prorated.
A.C.E. Language Institute Holidays
|New Year's Day observed||January 1|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||January 20|
|Presidents' Day||February 17|
|University Holiday||April 18|
|Memorial Day||May 26|
|Independence Day||July 4|
|Labor Day||September 1|
|Veterans Day||November 11|
|Thanksgiving||November 26 - 28|
|Christmas observed||December 24 & 25|
You have several possible options for housing while you are studying: dormitory, homestay, on-campus apartments, and apartments.
- Dormitories are very clean, modern and convenient (near your classes)
- You will live in the same dorm as American students and will be able to practice your English every day and make friends
- You can choose to live with one or more other students
- The university residence life staff can help if you have a problem
Cost: approximately $1,750 - $2500 per session; see MSU residence life rates.
Click here for detailed instructions on how to apply for housing at MSU.
- Limited homestays are available through Montana Homestay. Be sure to apply early if you're interested.
- Living in a homestay will teach you about U.S. daily life and culture
- Your host family will help you adjust to your new life in the US
- You will be treated as a member of the family, not as a guest in a hotel
- Host provides a furnished bedroom, meals, use of household items (such as washer, dryer, linens), and telephone for local calls.
Cost: $22.50 per night, $250 placement fee
On-campus Apartment (Family & Graduate Housing)
- On-campus apartments are for married or graduate students only
- Family and graduate housing offers many family-centered activities
- Neighborhood elementary school specializes in teaching children of international students
- Students interested in this housing option need to apply directly at www.montana.edu/fgh/
Cost: Fees vary. Please contact us for further information.
- Students are responsible for making their own arrangements. Our staff can offer advice in finding resources.
- There are apartments close to the university that are reasonably priced, safe, and convenient
Cost: Fees vary. Please contact us for further information.
Meet our Staff and Instructors
Mary Ulrich, Director
Mary moved back to Montana in 2008 from a few years abroad (Mozambique) and is completing an Ed.D. with an emphasis in Adult and Higher Education at Montana State University. She has an MA in Intercultural Communication and a BA in History and Spanish Language. Her teaching background includes working in EFL overseas (South Korea) and ESL/Second Language Writing in New Mexico. While in Mozambique, she worked as an Education Specialist on a USDOL grant to eliminate exploitative child labor. She enjoys traveling, but also being at home in the beautiful Gallatin Valley to enjoy the Montana outdoors!
Ana Valdivia, Operations Director
Ana Valdivia is the Operations Director and has been working in our ESL Program for over 11 years. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys listening to music, drawing, painting and playing piano.
Paul Swift, Academic Advisor and Student Support Specialist
Paul is from Bozeman and started at A.C.E. in 2011. He has a background in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies. Paul loves hiking and backpacking. Here's what he says is his favorite part about being an A.C.E. instructor:
"I get to meet interesting people from all over the world and learn a lot about other cultures."
Iris Driscoll, Instructor
Iris was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana and has been with A.C.E. since July, 2009. She has a BA in German & French with 6-12 Teacher Certification, and a MA in Education: ESL as of Summer 2012. Iris has dual citizenship German/American. She has lived in Germany, France, Turkey, and Mexico, and has visited most of western and eastern Europe and Israel. She has studied 6 languages: German, French, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Latin. Here's what she says she likes best about being an A.C.E. instructor:
"I love working and interacting with people from around the world - I learn as much as I teach! I love seeing things from different perspectives."
Shannon Mahoney, Instructor
Shannon is originally from Napa, California and has been with A.C.E. since 2006. She studied English at UC Berkeley and Education at MSU. "I really like riding my bike. I usually ride my bike to work (when the weather is decent) and I enjoy riding on the trails around Bozeman during the summers. A few years ago, I had a little extra energy and I decided to see if I could ride a little farther away. I rode all the way from Bozeman, Montana to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. I rode over 1,000 miles and it took me almost a full month." Here's what she says she likes best about being an A.C.E. instructor:
"I love learning words in other languages from A.C.E. students."
A.C.E. Language Institute at
1106 South 6th Avenue
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59715 USA
Phone: +1(406) 585-9832
Fax: +1(406) 585-9838
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