The Bolashak Program is a semester-long, academically-oriented English Language and Culture program hosted by English Language Programs/International Programs. A program sponsored by the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Bolashak (meaning ‘future’) was designed to bring expertise, knowledge and international experience back to Kazakhstan to help build a modern state and meet the demand for experts in a variety of specialized fields. Through a competitive selection process, top students of the Republic of Kazakhstan are chosen to study at certain host institutions around the world, including the University of Montana. Bolashak students live on campus and attend intensive classes at the English Language Institute with students from various countries around the world. The goals of the Bolashak Program at the English Language Institute are: to help students develop and improve their core English language skills in order to prepare them for successful study in a credit-bearing undergraduate or graduate level program in their discipline; to raise awareness and competence in academic study skills; to integrate students into university academic and social culture; and to expose students to values, lifestyles, and norms in American culture.