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University of Montana

Missoula, MT

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About This Campus

Chartered in 1893, UM offers a broad liberal arts and science curriculum. Fully accredited, the University offers over 174 majors/minors. More than 80% of the full-time teaching faculty hold the highest degree offered in their field. Enrollment is approximately 11,500 with 26% of students from out-of-state. The 200-acre campus is centered on a tree-lined oval, skirted by the Clark Fork River. Missoula is an outdoor mecca where students enjoy year-round recreation including downhill/cross-country skiing, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, camping, and more! Missoula is the second-largest city in Montana and is often referred to as the cultural center of Montana. Students take advantage of the city's unique cultural activities - downtown farmer's markets, art walks, festivals, and concerts in Caras Park just minutes from campus. Because of its mild winters and moderate summers, Missoula is referred to as the "Garden City."

Location Information

University of Montana is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluence with the Bitterroot River in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the "Hub of Five Valleys." Missoula is an easy half-day drive from Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Parks, and Canada, and just miles from campus you will find a multitude of hiking trails and wilderness areas and numerous ski slopes.

Helpful Information

Students at our campus enjoy recreating outdoors in all seasons. UM's Outdoor Program offers transportation, classes, workshops, and a full outdoor gear rental program for many outdoor activities. Transportation: Missoula International Airport is a 10-minute drive from campus. Public transportation in Missoula is free for UM students, so there's no need for a car but definitely bring a bicycle!

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
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and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Missoula
Population | 121,520
Enrollment | 10,015
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/30-12/17
Spring | 01/18-05/13

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 5%
Asian | 2%
Black | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 5%
Two or more | 4%
White | 79%
Other | 2%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Professional programs in pharmacy and physical therapy are closed.

Registration in most upper division courses may require consent of instructor and demonstrated proof of prerequisites. Art, biology, business, computer science, education, and media arts cannot be guaranteed and may require instructor consent. Most classes in creative writing and journalism require the instructor's consent which must be negotiated by the individual.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Wildlife Biology - Our academic programs and geographic location provide excellent opportunities for wildlife study and student research. Students come to UM from across North America to benefit from the close proximity to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, the National Bison Range, and nearby national forests and wildlife refuges. The University's Biological Station on Flathead Lake offers biology courses during the summer and is available for research. We offer options in both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife biology with courses ranging from organismal biology to applied ecology and conservation management.
  • Journalism - Our goal here is to train working journalists who can hit the ground running when they enter the job market. Soon after students arrive, we send them into the world. They learn how to report and write about public affairs. They talk with experts, debate important policy issues and learn how to use digital tools to reach a broader audience.
  • Environmental Studies (EVST) - The EVST Program's mission is to provide students with the literacy, skills, and commitment needed to foster a healthy natural environment and create a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world. Our faculty offer courses in natural science, social science, and humanities, and our students are encouraged to engage fully with the Missoula community and Montana landscape around us. EVST features at 10-acre working organic farm (PEAS Farm), a 2-house/6-student community sustainability residence project (UM FLAT), and a 25-year old environmental literacy magazine (Camas). We welcome you to join us!See www.cas.umt.edu/evst for more information.
  • Creative Writing - Founded in 1920, University of Montana's Creative Writing Program is one of the oldest, most prestigious in the country. Shaped by presences such as Leslie Fieldler, Patricia Goedicke, Richard Hugo, and William Kittredge, the program offers student writers instruction and mentorship by a committed and diverse group of faculty, visiting writers, alumni, and peers.
  • Business Administration - The College of Business Administration prides itself on its strong commitment to experiential learning. In fact, most classes at the junior and senior level are built around a focus on learning by doing. Pair that with our notable career development program, and our graduates are well-prepared for a professional career.

Unique Academic Programs

  • Entertainment Management - The University of Montana Entertainment Management certificate explores the entertainment business-- music, television, film, sports, live performance, literary and visual arts. UMEM introduces students to the business of entertainment while providing an opportunity to learn from top industry professionals, including alumni, representing: WME/IMG, CUT Recordings, SRO Consultants, Citizen Net, Paramount Pictures, and more, in a relaxed classroom environment. This one-of-a-kind program offers an incredible opportunity for students looking to break into the entertainment industry and is designed to be completed in 1 year.

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • Ancient Studies
  • Animation and Special Effects
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aquatic Biology
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Health
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dance
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Health Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • First Nation Studies
  • Forensic Science
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Greek
  • Health Education
  • History
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Latin American Studies
  • Library Science
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Microbiology
  • Military Sciences
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Management
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Communications
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Photo Journalism
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Piano
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Radio and Television Studies
  • Range Management/Resources
  • Recreation Management
  • Rural Sociology
  • Russian
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Sound Engineering
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Technology Education
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Summer-only exchange is open to Plan A, requires on-campus housing, and full-term summer enrollment (6 credits).
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • N/A
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 525.00 paper, 193.00 computer or 70.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Host Pay with full-term enrollment
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 07/06/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $3746.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 21
  • Home Payment: 21

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002536

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Admission Fee $30.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $75.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $225.00 Year Host & Home Optional
Activity Fee $76.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Athletic Fee $74.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Recreation Fee $134.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Health Service Fee $278.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
ID Card $15.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Technology Fee $114.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Parking Fee $128.00 Semester Host & Home Optional
Orientation Fee $67.00 Year Host & Home Optional
Recycling Fee $6.00 Year Plan A Mandatory
Transportation Fee $45.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Facilities Fee $112.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Equipment Fee $25.00 Semester Host Mandatory
Student Support Fee $25.00 Semester Host Mandatory
UC Fee $151.00 Semester Host Mandatory

Important Notes: Home pay or Host pay students exchanging to UM without valid insurance must purchase UM insurance each semester of attendance.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 07/06/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 0% living on campus
  • Double: $5077.00 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $544.00
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
UM has an off-campus, fully-furnished apartment complex (Lewis & Clark Apartments) for upper-class students ~1 mile from campus on the bus route. NSE students love L&C! SUMMER-ONLY students (only Host Pay Plan accepted) are required to live on campus.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2948.00 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
UM offers two dining plan options. Both plans provide exclusive access to the Food Zoo, our all-you-care-to-eat, buffet-style dining center which offers an ever-changing variety of chef-crafted entrees, homemade soups, fresh fruits, and freshly-baked desserts. The Food Zoo Exclusive is $3,095 per semester, and allows you to visit the Food Zoo any time the dining room is open, whether you plan on a light snack or a meal. This plan includes $200 in supplemental flex dollars per semester, which may be used to access any of UM’s other locations. The Food Zoo 15 is available for $2,570 per semester for students who typically dine during traditional dining periods, and includes 15 entrance swipes that can used throughout the week and weekends. This plan includes $50 in supplemental flex dollars per semester which may be spent at any of our other locations.


Figures per Semester are current as of 07/06/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $5072 Year Home & Host Mandatory

Important Notes about Health Insurance
The Montana University System contracts with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana to provide students an affordable and comprehensive insurance plan called AcademicBlue. Visit BlueCross BlueShield to learn more information about the AcademicBlue student health plan. Choose the University of Montana option under “Select your University” to learn about UM's plan benefit coverage.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,536 per semester.


  • Health records due by: ASAP after admissions application is submitted
  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: TB if born outside the US or visited a country of risk

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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