All Foreign Students are expected to attend the Foreign Student Orientation which is then followed by the General Campus Orientation. The Foreign Student Orientation addresses issues and concerns specifically of the newly arrived foreign student, as well as the transfer and exchange student. All students are required to pay the orientation fee whether they attend the orientation or not.

During the Orientation Programs at the beginning of each semester before classes begin, you will learn what you need to know about the University itself. The Orientation Programs will cover such topics as: how to choose and register for classes; immigration regulations and benefits for foreign students; campus academic, social and recreational services, and community resources. During the Orientation Programs, you will also meet your academic advisor, who will assist you in designing your academic program and help you select classes. To facilitate a smooth transition to the University, it is very important that you attend both the Foreign Student and General Campus Orientation Programs.

The following sample orientation schedules may be the current upcoming semester or a copy of a previous semester schedule. They will be updated to the actual schedule when finalized.

Sample Spring Orientation Schedule

Sample Fall Orientation Schedule

Date of Upcoming Foreign Student Orientations

Spring Semester
January 20, 2015, to be followed by General Student Orientation January 22, 2015
8:00 A.M., Check in University Center, ground floor near center stairs.

January 19, 2016, to be followed by General Student Orientation January 21, 2016
Fall Semester
August 24, 2015 to be followed by General Student Orientation August 27, 2015
Check in at University Center, ground floor near center stairs.

August 23,2016, to be followed by General Student Orientation August 26, 2016

During the Foreign Student Orientation The Missoula International Friendship Program (MIFP) accepts applications from students who wish to be matched with a member of the Missoula community. Your community friend will share with you American culture and experiences. These matches last for one semester, although you may choose to continue your friendship.

You may also sign up for the Global Partners Program (be matched with a current student) who will assist you during your first semester. Your Global Partner can help you navigate your first semester here. Many of our matches continue their friendship through their years at school and beyond.

We also provide a shopping shuttle van service to take students to local stores and banks. You may purchase needed items shortly after arriving here.