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 a 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 program.
As a CIS participant, what student visa will I be using?
Al 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 International Student Services office at 1351 Wilkinson Center (801) 422-2695.
Can I be considered for CIS before I'm admitted to a graduate
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 corresponding department.
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
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 rents 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 the 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, palm pilots, etc.). Since participants are responsible for repaying
all of the borrowed CIS loans, we strongly encourage CIS participants to live as frugally as possibly in order
to leave the MSM with the least possible debt.
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: