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University of Montana Incoming Partner
Missoula, United States (Exchange Program) (Incoming Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: Non-UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Graduate: IELTS- 7.0, Graduate: MELAB- 83, Graduate: TOEFL- 92 iBT, 237 CBT, 580 PBT, Undergraduate: IELTS- 6.0, Undergraduate: MELAB- 74, Undergraduate: TOEFL- 70 iBT, 192 CBT, 525 PBT, Visiting Law Student: IELTS- 6.5, Visiting Law Student: MELAB- 84, Visiting Law Student: TOEFL- 100 iBT, 250 CBT, 600 PBT
Program Type:
Partner Exchange, Partner Study Abroad
Program Description:
*Please carefully read all the information below before applying. 

University of Montana

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Missoula is one of the best places to be: friendly people, supportive faculty, a great sense of community, fantastic education opportunities, and beautiful, beautiful scenery
-The Princeton Review
At UM, our dedication to student success and dynamic learning environment prepare you to be a positive force in a changing world. We offer a diverse array of academic programs, allowing you the flexibility to explore your interest and find a course of study that suits your unique strengths. Creative Writing, Organismal Biology and Ecology, and Wildlife Biology were named UM programs to National Distinction in 2013. These academic programs are broadly recognized as being amongst the best in the nation, and in the world. 
International exchange students may register for classes before their arrival to UM. If students choose to register prior to their arrival, they will increase their likelihood of enrolling in their preferred classes and still have the option to change their classes after they arrive. Students at the undergraduate level must register for at least 12 credits; students at the graduate level must register for at least 9 credits. Every student will be assigned an academic advisor to assist with choosing appropriate courses. 

How to Apply
Complete the University of Montana International Student Exchange application by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top or bottom of this screen. Application requirements include the following:
  • Online Application Form
  • Two academic letters of reference
  • Short essay (about 200 words)
  • One uploaded official original transcript
  • Study plan at University of Montana
  • DS-2019 application
  • Official English Language Proficiency Score Report
  • Medical Requirements Form  
  • Housing application?

English as a Second Language Course Recomendations 
Students with a TOEFL iBT score of 70-81 or IELTS score of 6.0-6.5  are strongly recommended to enroll in Intermediate English for Academic Purposes: EASL 250 during their first semester and EASL 251 during their second semester. Students with a TOEFL iBT score of 82-93 or IELTS score of 6.5-7.0 are strongly recommended to enroll in Advanced English for Academic Purposes: EASL 450 during their first semester and EASL 451 during their second semester.

Official English Language Proficiency Requirement
For undergraduate students, include a score report that shows one of the following: 

70 iBT, 192 CBT, or 525 PBT on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
74 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

For graduate students, individual departments may have established their own minimum scores.  Students may be required to complete English as a Second Language courses before they can take courses in their major if they have a score below one of the following:

92 iBT, 237 CBT, or 580 PBT on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
83 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

For visiting law students, include a score report that shows one of the following:

100 iBT, 250 CBT, or 600 PBT on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
84 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

Cost information
Exchange students pay their regular tuition to their home university, room and board to UM. Per semester, on-campus housing and meal plans range from $4,171.00 to $5199.00/ semester. "Bed in a Bag" linens are available for purchase at $180.60 for those students who do not wish to bring their own linens. Early arrival housing is available for $21.00/ day, for each day before the first official day of housing. Early arrival charges are added to the students UM account the first week of classes. Students are required to maintain major medical insurance during their stay at UM. If a student should need to purchase UM Student Health Insurance, the cost is $2,003.50/ semester. Textbooks and supplies average $500.00/ semester. Students should also budget for miscellaneous expenses and student visa costs. 

Housing & Meals
Partner University Exchange students should make their housing arrangements and apply for housing through the Office of Residence Life at the University of Montana. Housing is assigned on a first come, first assigned basis by the date of submission of the housing application. You are encouraged to review the Residence Hall description and photo's online.  Bed linens can be purchased online and delivered to the student’s assigned hall through Residence Hall Linens.  Having proper bedding including a mattress pad and blankets can really help to stay warm during the winter months. Early Arrival Housing is available for students who arrive prior to the date the residence halls officially open at $21.00/day.  There are various meal plans available through UM Dining. The All Campus meal plan is the best value because it may be used at all of the restaurants on campus. The Lommasson Plus meal plan may be used only at the restaurants located in the Lommasson Center and the restaurant Jus Chill’n in the Fitness and Recreation Center.  Please visit UM Housing for more information about housing and meals.

Program Dates
Semester 1: August- December
Semester 2: January- May

Application Deadlines
Fall/Full Year - March 1
Spring - October 1

Fast Facts
  • Known as the "Garden City" due to the vast number of trees and the lush green environment
  • The Bitterroot River and the Clark Fork flow through the town
  • The climate is dominated more by the Pacific Northwest than the Rocky Mountains
  • The community is also known for being pro-environment
  • Hiking, rock climbing, fishing, bicycle riding, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting and golfing are some of the popular outdoor activities
Missoula at a Glance
  • Missoula Population: 69,122
  • Founded in 1860
  • Famous for culture, arts, music, and outdoor recreation
Semi-Arid climate with moderate winters and hot and dry summers.

Proximity to
Missoula- Seattle: 395 Miles
Missoula- Portland: 424 Miles
Missoula- Los Angeles:  911 Miles


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/22/2018 08/22/2018 05/12/2019
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 03/22/2018 08/22/2018 12/16/2018
Spring 2019 08/15/2018 08/29/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 01/30/2019 02/13/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 01/30/2019 02/13/2019 TBA TBA