Arrival Information

 Arrival in the U.S. 

Those who enter the United States with a J-1 or J-2 visa are called Exchange Visitors. When you arrive in the United States you will present your DS-2019, complete a customs declaration form and your luggage may be examined. Then an immigration officer will stamp your passport. 

Arrival at University of Montana

Welcome to UM! 

You are required to check in with our office within 15 days after your arrival date in the U.S. or immediately if you arrive after the stard date on your DS-2019. 

When you check in at our office we will:

  • Process your visa documentation
  • Copy your I-94 (Don't have your I-94? After you enter the country go to the official I-94 website and print your I-94) 
  • Activate you in SEVIS in order to garantee your legal status in the U.S. 

Once at UM you will be provided with an orientation program to review immigration regulations and help familiarize you wit hthe U.S., Missoula and UM. 

 Book your flight to Missoula

University of Montana plane parked on tarmac


Missoula International Airport (MSO) is 6.1 miles west of Missoula. There are several daily flights into MSO. Please be sure that International Students and Scholars and your host department knows your date of arrival and flight number. You should inform our office or your hosting department of any changes in your arrival plans as soon as possible.

 Airport Pick-Up

Ground transportation from the airport to campus can be arranged as follows:

By Taxi: 

 Airport Bus:

  • Mountain Line Route 11: This bus route does not go to University Campus. From the transfer center you will need to take Route 1 or 12 to get to campus. Please see the Mountain Line routes for more information. 

In case of an emergency related to your arrival, call the International Student After Hours Line at 406. 243.6149. Please leave a detailed message with a phone number or email where you can be reached.  A staff member will get back to you as soon as possible. 

 First night of lodging

Here are some temporary housing suggestions:

Staybridge Suites  $154.00  406.830.3900
Wingate by Wyndham $118.00 406.541.8000
DoubleTree by Hilton $177.00  406.728.3100
Campus Inn $67.00  406.549.5134
Holiday Inn  $117.00  406.721.8550
Missoula Comfort Inn University $144.00 406.549.7600
Shady Spruce Hostel $35.00 406-285-1197

(2018 prices per night and are subject to change without notice)