international students

Welcome to the University of Great Falls!


Dear International Student,

We invite you to explore the University of Great Falls site and discover why, each year, more and more international students choose University of Great Falls for their academic studies. The University of Great Falls provides personalized attention. Whether you are looking for an undergraduate or master’s degrees, University of Great Falls offers a wide range of resources and opportunities, as well as an ideal environment to help you succeed and achieve your academic goals.

We look forward to receiving your application for admission!
Come join us at University of Great Falls!

The University of Great Falls will admit qualified international students that are degree-seeking. International students must submit the following documents to be considered for admission to the University of Great Falls:

  1. A completed Application for Admission - Apply online HERE.
  2. A completed Financial Statement certifying the student’s ability to meet the cost of attendance each year the applicant is in the United States. Please include this form with your documentation: Financial Statement
  3. Color copy of valid student passport
  4. Official certified copies in English of certificates, diplomas, degrees, and course transcripts from high schools/secondary schools through the highest level of education achieved. Applicants must provide a credential evaluation in English from InCred – International Credential Evaluators ( or Educational Credential Evaluators (
  5. International students whose native or original language is not English are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. The minimum score accepted is 500 written or 173 computer, 80 internet-based (iBT) with a subscore of 20 on the written and 20 on the speaking sections. Requests for information about TOEFL may be directed to TOEFL, Education Testing Service, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540, online at or to your local education authorities. The TOEFL code for the University of Great Falls is 4058.
  6. ACT/SAT scores are strongly recommended for advising, placement, and or athletic eligibility purposes.

Please Note:

  • Following acceptance into the University, students are required to submit proof of immunization against measles and rubella. The State of Montana requires dated records of 2 measles and 2 rubella immunizations or 2 MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella combination) immunizations. For more information on the immunization requirements set forth by the State of Montana, please visit the web link HERE.
  • Enrollment in Health Insurance Program: Students who will be participating in an athletic program will be required to purchase specific international student insurance once they’ve arrived on campus.

  • All documents for fall semester admission must be received in the Office of Admissions and Records by June 1 for non-Canadian international students and August 1 for Canadian students. All documents for spring semester admission must be received by November 1 for non-Canadian international students and by December 1 for Canadian students.


Student Responsibility Upon Receipt of I-20

  1. Upon receiving the I-20, a student should immediately sign (in blue ink) and date the document.
  2. Additionally, upon receipt of the I-20, students must submit and pay the I-901 fee which is $200 US Dollars. This fee must be paid PRIOR to their embassy or consulate visit and it is payable via credit card. Failure to pay this fee will result in a student Visa being denied. The payment can be done online at
  3. Once the fee is paid and approved, students should make an appointment with their embassy or consulate.
  4. The I-20 and payment of the I-901 fee DO NOT guarantee the student’s ability to exit their home country. Most countries will require students to make appointments with an embassy or consulate where they will have to be granted a Visa (Canadian students can simply enter at a border crossing after paying the fee). Our offices have no control over the decision to admit entrance to the US.
    • Students should schedule appointments with plenty of lead time to allow them to exit their country.
    • Students who schedule appointments near the start of the semester, are more likely to be denied a Visa by their home country.
  5. All students should do preparatory work prior to receiving the Form I-20 to obtain a passport. Students should see policies in their country for how to obtain their passport documents.
  6. Upon approval from the embassy or consulate, the student should make all necessary travel plans. When travel plans are secured, the student should contact the Registrar with plans and anticipated travel date.
  7. When arriving at a US Port, students will need to provide their passport, F1 Visa and Form I-20 to customs officials for processing. Students will be asked at that time to pay the I-94 fee (arrival and departure record). This is a monetary fee



Student Arrival at UGF

  1. Students MUST check-in with a DSO within 15 days of entering the US.
  2. Upon check-in with a DSO, students must provide their passport and signed Form I-20. The DSO will make copies which will be placed in the students’ file.
  3. Students must provide a local address and contact information.
  4. The DSO will then activate the student as ‘arrived’ within the SEVIS system.
  5. Students will be briefed on mandatory meetings, keeping the status of the F-1 Visa, employment, and other important details relating to the international student experience.




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