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  • Fall 8/2-12/20
  • Spring 1/23-05/12

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
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Campus Diversity
5%Native/First Nation
1%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
1%Two or more races

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How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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Chartered in 1893 U of M offers a broad comprehensive arts and science curriculum. The University is fully accredited and offers over 174 majors/minors. More than 80 percent of the full-time teaching faculty hold the highest degree offered in their field. Enrollment around 13,500, with 26 percent of students from out-of-state. The 200-acre campus is centered on a tree-lined oval where art fairs, speeches and classes are held.

Missoula is known as an outdoor Mecca for a reason. University students enjoy many outdoor sports including downhill and cross-country skiing, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, etc. In addition, Missoula is the second largest city in the state and is often referred to as the cultural center of Montana. Students take advantage of Missoula's unique cultural activities like theater, art walks, festivals, and concerts. Missoula is referred to as the "Garden City" because of its mild winters and moderate summers.

Campus Location - 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 day drive from Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Parks and Canada. Numerous wilderness areas are situated within a few miles of campus.

Helpful Information - Students at our campus enjoy recreating outdoors in all seasons. The University's Outdoor Program offers transportation, classes, workshops, and a full outdoor gear rental program for a variety of 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!

Closed Programs
Professional programs in pharmacy and physical therpy

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 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 - 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 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 School 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 Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies, Forensic Anthropology

Area Studies: African Studies, Afro-American Studies, Asian/Oriental Studies, Celtic Studies, Chinese Studies (minor), Cinema and Cultural Studies, Gerontology, International Studies, Japanese Studies, Japanse Studies (minor), Latin American Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Design Technology, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Health and Fitness Teaching, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Aquatic Biology, Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Field Biology, Fish Biology, Genetics, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Education, Business Information Systems, Entertainment Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Administration

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Molecular Biochemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Film, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Organizational Communication, Photo Journalism, Print Media, Radio and Television Studies, Sound Design, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Visual Design/Web Media

Criminal Justice: Criminology, Forensic Science

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Curriculum/ Instruction Supervision, Early Childhood, Educational Administration and Supervision, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Special Education, Technology Education, Theatre Education

English: Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing

Environmental Studies: Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, Fire Science, Fish and Game Management, Natural Resources, Range Management/Resources, Resource Recreation Management, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Recreation Management

Foreign Language: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Languages, English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish

Forestry: Forest Management, Forestry

General Studies: Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Cartography, Environmental Planning, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Rural Community Development

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Communication Disorders, Community Health, Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Health Science, Medical Technology, Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Therapy

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Relations

Library Science: Library Science

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Computation Science, Mathematics, Mathematics-Physics, Pure Math, Statistics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC, Military Sciences

Performing Arts: Acting, Ballet, Dance, Design/Technical, Modern Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Industry, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Astrophysics, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, International Affairs/Relations, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Counseling, Psychology

Recreation: Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation Management, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Rural Sociology, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Speech Therapy

Theater: Performance and Directing

Quick Links Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 525 paper, 193 computer or 70 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate or post-baccalaureate students
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A with full-term enrollment
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 6/7/2016.
  • Estimated cost: $3,107.
  • 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 Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B 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 Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 21
  • Plan B: 21
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/7/2016.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee: $30 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee: $50 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $225 Year Plan A & B Optional
Activity Fee: $61 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Athletic Fee: $71 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Recreation Fee: $117 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Health Service Fee: $256 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance: $1,723 Year Plan A Mandatory
ID Card: $15 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Technology Fee: $96 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Parking Fee: $112 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee: $65 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Transportation Fee: $38 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Facilities and Operations Fee: $227 Semester Plan A Mandatory
Equipment Fee: $24 Semester Plan A Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1504 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A 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 Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 6/7/2016.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $4,413 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $850
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
UM has a wonderful off-campus, full-furnished apartment complex (Lewis and Clark) less than 1 mile from campus on the bus route.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.

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