CIS FAQ's (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
What does CIS stand for? The
CIS program stands for the "Cardon International Sponsorship" program.
What is the CIS program? The
CIS program is designed to help international students earn a graduate
management degree at the Marriott School of Management, such as MBA,
MPA, MAcc, or MISM, by providing scholarships and need-based loans for
living expenses. CIS money is not applicable to executive programs or
graduate programs outside the Marriott School.
What is the purpose of the program?
The CIS was initiated in the mid-1980s with a two-fold purpose: 1) to
provide graduate management education for members of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living outside the United States and
Canada and 2) to prepare participants for leadership roles in their
chosen professions, their communities, and the Church when they return
to their native countries.
Would it be possible for me to stay
in the US after graduation (including reasons such as pursuing a PhD
degree, potential jobs and opportunities, etc.)? The purpose of
the CIS program is to further educate and provide valuable management
experiences for worthy Latter-day Saints through a Masters program at
the Marriott School of Management. After graduation, participants will
return home to build and strengthen their own countries and the church
in their region/area. Therefore, if you are considering a PhD program
in the US or living in the US for any other reason after graduation
from the Marriott School, with the exception of a 1-year Academic
Training as part of the J-1 visa, you would not qualify for the CIS
As a CIS participant, what student
visa will I be using? All CIS participants are on a J-1 visa
which is a visiting student visa. The spouse of a J-1 visa holder is
able to apply for permission to work in the U.S. A J-1 visa holder is
not able to change visa status to an H1B working visa after
graduation. Please see the International Student Services office at
1351 Wilkinson Center, (801) 422-2695.
Can I be considered for CIS before
I'm admitted to a graduate program? No, you must first be
admitted to a graduate program at the Marriott School.
How do I apply to the CIS program?
As of October 2005, the CIS application is part of the graduate school
application. Please submit all required CIS materials to the
When is the CIS application
deadline? The director of the CIS program at the MBA Program
should receive all application materials by March 15th for fall
admissions. Applications submitted after that date will be considered
only if slots are still available.
When will I be notified of the
decision? You will be notified 1) when the graduate program has
accepted you into the graduate program and 2) when all of the CIS
application materials have been completed, received, and processed by
the MBA Program. You must complete both applications to be considered
for the CIS program.
What living costs would I expect to
pay? CIS students must have sufficient funds to become
established in Utah, including housing deposits, utility deposits,
school fees for children, and living expenses through the end of
August in the year they arrive at BYU.
When housing is secured
(on or off campus), a deposit is required. This fee can cost anywhere
between $100-$250. Usually housing requires first and last month's
rent upfront, when signing the contract.
What levels of support are available
through CIS? In addition to the full-tuition scholarships,
students have the option of securing CIS loans based on need to cover
necessary educational and living expenses. Funds will be available to
help students for eight months of each academic year, the first of
September through the end of April. Funds are not available for Spring
and Summer term, approximately May 1 - August 31.
What expenses does CIS cover?
Loans provided by CIS may be used to cover educational and living
expenses, including textbooks, health insurance, housing, food, and
other essential living expenses. Scholarships cover full-tuition
expenses for 4 semesters (2 years).
What things should CIS money not be
used for? CIS money should not be used by participants to send
money home to family members. It should not be used to invest and/or
save for post graduation. And CIS money should not be used to purchase
expensive and otherwise unnecessary luxury items (such as pianos,
etc.). Since participants are responsible for repaying all of the
borrowed CIS loans, we strongly encourage CIS participants to live as
frugally as possible in order to leave the MSM with the least possible
If accepted to the CIS program, what
are my commitments? Students accepted into the CIS program must
be committed to return to their home country with their families upon
graduation from the Marriott School. The only exception to this rule
is if an employer requires a one-year commitment for Optional
Professional Training in the States. Participants must also be
committed to repay the full CIS loans on a timely basis following
graduation from the Marriott School.
When would I be expected to start
paying off my loan? As your graduation approaches, you will
meet with the CIS Director and arrange a payment plan on your loan.
Payment of your loans will begin after your graduation, following a
6-month grace period. Maximum amount of payback time is 10 years.
I don't qualify for CIS. Are there
any other scholarships available for international students?
Scholarships for international students may be available within each
graduate program. Other such scholarships that are available include: