Boise State University
University Info | College of Engineering Info | International Learning Opportunities
Boise State is Idaho’s metropolitan research university, located in the state’s population center and capital city, a hub of government, business, the arts, health care, industry and technology. The campus is home to 11 Idaho Professor of the Year honorees since 1990 and the 2005 national champion student debate and speech team. Boise State is the largest university in Idaho with an all-time state enrollment record of 19,993 students.
The university offers more than 190 fields of interest. Undergraduate, graduate and technical programs are available in seven colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health Sciences, and Public Service. Students can also study abroad, participate in one of the largest internship programs in the Northwest, and work with professors on health-related research to fight cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease, among others.
Campus life offers adventure and activity. More than 200 student organizations, new residence halls along the Boise River Greenbelt and a state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center provide opportunities for both individual development and fun. More than one million visitors come to campus annually for Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning speakers, Bronco football, Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration and other events.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate Students: Accepted
- Graduate Students: Accepted
- Computer Science Majors: Accepted
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
TOEFL scores are required. Students must meet the following minimum standards.
For admission as an undergraduate student, the minimum TOEFL test score is 520 on the paper-based test, 68 on the Internet-based test. The minimum score required on the IELTS test is 6.0.
To be admitted as a graduate student, you must have a minimum TOEFL test score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the Internet-based test. The minimum score required on the IELTS test is 6.0.
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Materials Science & Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Additional application materials?
In addition to the Global E³ Application, incoming students are required to complete an application with Boise State University's Office of International Learning Opportunites.
Materials should be sent by email to:
International Learning Opportunities
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1145
Tel: 208 426 2630
When will students receive their acceptance package?
Within 2-3 weeks of receipt (if application is complete).
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
- Fall 2016: August 22 – December 16, 2016
- Spring 2017: January 9 – May 5, 2017
Course descriptions | Schedule of classes
Students will need to log on to their student account to view the days and times of classes.
Workload per semester
A typical course load for an undergraduate student consists of five, three-hour courses taken over a fifteen-week term. Full-time status is 12 or more credits. Most exchange students take four classes their first semester at Boise State.
Academic transcripts can be obtained through the Registrar.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Boise State University Housing offers 6 traditional residence halls, two complexes of suite-style halls for upper class students, and 5 apartment complexes. Each residence hall or apartment offers the opportunity to live and learn with immediate access to the University's and Boise's metropolitan community resources.
Exchange students must apply early to obtain on-campus housing and it is not guaranteed, but generally exchange students do not have a problem obtaining a room on campus with an early application.
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
One or two days prior to the International Student Orientation. Permission to move in early must be obtained from the Housing Office.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
Idaho State Board of Education policy requires full-fee paying students attending classes in Idaho to maintain adequate health insurance. Boise State University international students registered for full-time credits are automatically enrolled in the university-sponsored GeoBlue Health Insurance Plan, with the premium charge added to their student account.
All exchange students will be billed for the GeoBlue plan, and it is not possible to waive this coverage.
When should I arrive?
A few days prior to the International Student Orientation held the week prior to the start of classes.
Mandatory Orientation for New Incoming Students
The International Student Orientation is required for all international students. The US Immigration Services are now requiring every international student to personally check in with their international student advisor. Boise State is required to report your arrival to US Immigration Services. If you do not come to orientation, we will have to report that you have not arrived. Please do not schedule any other meetings or appointments during the orientation.
The international student orientation is held the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday prior to the start of classes (Spring or Fall).
Bring your passport, visa, and DS-2019 with you to the orientation. The orientation will be fun and informative. There will be valuable information regarding employment, campus services, immigration requirements, and cross-cultural concerns. This will also be a great opportunity to meet the International Student Services staff and other international students.
Is airport reception available?
Yes. However, students must return the form sent to them to arrange an airport pick up.
Is there any bank on campus?
No, but there are banks close to campus and typically a bank will be at the International Student Orientation for students to set up an account.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Breakdown of semester and yearly budget
Food/meals – information on dining options
Housing – information on housing options and rates
Local transportation – see above
Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) – see above
Personal expenses – see above
Other administrative fees – see above
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
International Learning Opportunities
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