Tablet Portait

Handheld Landscape

Handheld Portait

F A S T   F A C T S
Location | Dillon
Population | 5,000
Enrollment | 1,400
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Host Payment

Term Dates
Fall | 8/28-12/01
Spring | 01/05-05/01

University of Montana Western

Dillon, MT
UMW offers Experience One block scheduling or one course at a time.
Uniquely located in the Northern Rockies; two hours from Yellowstone Park.
Dillon, MT offers world-class fishing, hiking, motor sports and winter skiing.

About This Campus

Montana Western is a comprehensive, four-year, regional university located in Dillon, which is the county seat and largest town in Beaverhead County, the largest county in Montana, covering an area nearly as large as the combined areas of Rhode Island and Connecticut. UMW largely serves mostly in-state students, 75%—with 24% from out-of-state. Known for Ecology, Environmental Science, and Sustainability studies, UMW is unique among small, public four-year universities as it formally operates on the semester system, but it is the only public university in the United States that utilizes a form of immersion scheduling, called Experience One, to facilitate collaborative and experiential learning. On-campus students enroll in four 4-credit courses each semester, taking one course at a time, with each course meeting three hours per day for 18 days.

Location Information

Situated in the northern Rockies, students can enjoy experiential learning opportunities in public lands. UMW is located in Dillon in southwest Montana approximately two hours from Yellowstone National Park, and within just a few miles of multiple blue-ribbon trout streams and several mountain ranges.

Helpful Information

The UMW Experience One block-scheduling model (one course at a time) format accommodates many learning strategies that emphasize classroom-based problem solving, collaborative projects, field trips, research collaboration, peer tutoring, service learning, and other day-long experiences because there are no competing courses.
2024-2025 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Closed
Campus Availability & Deadlines
2025-2026 Chance of Placement
Host Payment |Open
Home Payment |Closed
Understand Chances of Placement


RegistrationClosed Programs
All courses/programs through the Center for Horsemanship are closed.

Music courses/ensembles may require an audition.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Education... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Host Pay
Canadian Students - learn more
  • Will accept Host Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/20/24

Finances Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Pay resident-rate tuition to your host campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your home campus
  • Estimated cost: $3058.35.
  • Figures are based on full-time enrollment.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • Pay regular tuition to your home campus. No tuition/fees are paid to your host campus.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 16
  • Home Payment: 16

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $100 Semester Host Mandatory
Housing Deposit $200 Semester Host Mandatory
Activity Fee $26.50 Semester Host Mandatory
Athletic Fee $41.20 Semester Host Mandatory
Health Service Fee $2400 Semester Host & Home Optional
ID Card $20 Year Host Mandatory
Technology Fee $70 Year Host Mandatory
Parking Fee $60 Year Host Optional
Internet programming Fee $70 Year Host Mandatory
Course Fees / MaterialsVariesSemesterHost & HomeMandatory

Important Notes: Student ID: All students MUST present a valid form of government-issued ID to get a Bulldog Card. *If a student currently has private health insurance, s/he is not required to purchase insurance through UMW.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/20/24

On-Campus Housing Per Semester Meal Plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 05/20/24

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $2310 Year Host Waiver Available

Important Notes about Health Insurance
If you are covered by your own health insurance, you can waive the mandatory University Student Health Insurance plan. Please bring your Health ID Card with you on day one.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance


    All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
    Welcome to NSE!
    Select the campus you currently attend...
    Start Here!
    To see the correct schools, first select the campus you currently attend...
    We use cookies on this site to personalize content and ads, provide social media features and analyze web traffic. By using this site, you are consenting for us to set cookies.