International Student Orientation

Spring 2019 March Start Orientation

International students with flags on football field

International Student Orientation will be February 28th - March 4th.

Please make sure you have filled out the Orientation and Airport Pickup Form.

March Term Start Orientation 2019


Day 1 of International Orientation: Thursday, February 28th

9:00 AM              Welcome Meeting at International Student and Scholars Services Office, Lommasson Center 21


 9:15 AM              Tour of the UM Dining Services “Food Zoo”, and Breakfast, Lommasson Center


10:30 AM            Immunization Check-In, Curry Health Center (with GEO staff).  Bring medical records.


11:30 AM            Get Your Student ID “Griz Card”, with Presentation of Services of the Griz Card (Note: please bring a photo ID & $15 to get your Griz card)


12:30 PM             Tour of University Center (UC) “Food Court” and Lunch 


2:00   PM             Meet in front of Griz Card Office in UC to walk with guide for “Welcome to ELI” Meeting


 2:15   PM            Welcome to English Language Institute (ELI),   International Center


 3:00 PM              Free Time: Explore Campus on Your Own or Take a Rest.  Eat Dinner at Food Zoo.

Day  2 of International Orientation: Friday, March 1st

7:30-8:30 AM     Free Time to Eat Breakfast in Food Zoo, Lommasson Center


08:45 AM            Meet in International Students and Scholars Office (Lommasson 219) to walk to next part with Guide.


 9:00 AM              English Placement Exam in NAC 103 (Payne Native American Center 103)


12:00 PM             Lunch at Food Zoo


 1:30 PM              Meet at International Students and Scholars Office for next Part


  1:30 PM             Campus Tour Part 1, and purchase tickets for optional theater event on Sunday


 3:00 PM              * Establish Bank Accounts at Missoula Federal Credit Union  (30 minutes per student).  Please bring your passport, $5 to open the bank account, and your dormitory address.

                             *Tour of University Center (Student Union Building) Services

 5:00 PM              End of Day 2 of Orientation.  Please eat Dinner in the Food Zoo.

Orientation Weekend Activities

Saturday, March 2nd

Formal Details for Saturday will be announced, but activities include:

  • Introduction to Missoula Community and Learn to Ride the City Bus
  • Attend an American Movie at the Cinema with UM Student Volunteers
  • Shopping trip to buy Essentials (including bed linens) with UM Student Volunteers

Sunday, March 3rd

Formal Details for Sunday will be announced, but activities include:

  • 2:00 PM Optional Activity: Attend a Live Theater Play at the University of Montana Campus at the “Montana Theater”.  See the Tony-Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Comic Drama “August: Osage County”. Details will be given at orientation and we will help you purchase tickets.   Cost of Play is $16.
  • Welcome Party at the University’s International House, hosted by the International House student leaders and by UM Student Volunteers
  • Return of borrowed Linens to Global Engagement Office at the Welcome Party


Day 3 of International Orientation: Monday, March 4th

 8:30 AM              Free time for Breakfast


 9:30 AM              Academic Meeting at English Language Inst., International Center, meet in lobby


10:30 AM            Registration for Classes at English Language Institute, and pick up your Individual ELI Schedule. 


12:00 Noon        Free Time for Lunch


 1:00 PM              Immigration Documentation at ISS Office with Bodhi and Caroline.  Remember to bring your passport and your I-20 or DS 2019 documents.


 2:00 PM              Campus Tour with UM Admissions Office


3:00 PM               Helpful Hints for Success and Enjoyment at the University of Montana, with Mona Mondava, Global Engagement Program Coordinator

                                International Center 113


5:00 PM               End of Orientation

1st Day of Classes For Spring Semester Session 2 @ ELI: Tuesday, March 5th

Please report to the classroom on your ELI schedule at the designated time