Boise State University
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Exchange Student Info
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 22,000 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: NOT Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 68
- Minimum IELTS score – 6.0
Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall: late August to mid-December
- Spring: mid-January to early May
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Materials Science & Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
Mechanical Engineering – Class sizes are small, and it may be difficult to register for an entire semester load of Mechanical Engineering courses. Students typically are able to register for at least 2-3 courses.
Course Descriptions | Schedule of Classes
Applicants should note that Boise State is not able to waive any lab or class fees, and students would be responsible for any extra class fees.
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.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to Boise State University are also required to complete an application with the Office of Global Learning Opportunities.
Materials should be sent by email to:
Global Learning Opportunities
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
Students will receive their acceptance packet within 2-3 weeks of receipt of application (if application is complete).
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.
Estimated Cost of Living
Health Insurance - $610/semester
Lab/class fees - varies
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Global Learning Opportunities | firstname.lastname@example.org
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