International Scholars

Information for Scholars

How to Request a DS-2019

The Department of State’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program provides foreign nationals (including scholars and researchers) with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the U.S. and to return to their home country to share their experiences.  The Form DS-2019 or "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status" is the basic document used in the administration of the exchange visitor program. This form permits a prospective exchange visitor to seek an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in order to obtain a J visa to enter the United States. Each year, a number of visiting scholars from abroad spend time in residence at the University of Montana through the J-1 program. 

To Request a DS-2019, please work with your sponsoring UM department to complete the following forms. 

You will also be required to pay an application fee of $120 annually, plus $10 per additional month of your stay before your DS-2019 will be processed. Should you choose to extend your stay in the U.S. after your arrival to UM, you must make additional payment before the extension is processed. However, the fee will not be refunded should you choose to shorten your stay in the U.S.

Scholar Fee Chart:

this table outlines the fees for international scholars

Time in the U.S.

Fee Amount

12 months or less


13 months


14 months


15 months


16 months


17 months


18 months




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Strengths of International Education & Research at the University of Montana

International student graduates from UM

The University of Montana is a comprehensive, doctorial research university located in Missoula, Montana with affiliated campuses in Helena, Dillon, and Butte. The university offers a wide array of degree program in the liberal arts, sciences, professions, and technical fields.

Programs of study include forestry, education, law biology, engineering, foreign languages, business, and other fields. The University enjoys an international reputation in forestry, natural resources, and environmental science. 

The University has been involved in international education, consulting, and research for over seventy years. The student body represents over fifty nations and has a research and development record that extends to nearly every continent. The University has achieved a comparative advantage in fields that relate directly to Asia and the Pacific Rim, however the array of international program and scholarship is comprehensive in regional and disciplinary representation. 

International student at Glacier Park

  • A rich variety of strong international academic, research, and training activities across a spectrum of fields and disciplines.
  • A faculty with strong credentials in the international arena, including a prolific record of research and scholarship of an international nature. The faculty are widely traveled, competent in foreign languages, conversant in the international aspects of their fields of study, and frequently called upon to provide funded services to international constituencies. 
  • Strong administrative support and encouragement for international activities by faculty.
  • A historic commitment to international education which has included student study abroad, recruitment and retention of international students, international university linkages and exchanges, and the inclusion of global content in nearly all academic fields of study. 
  • An excellent record of bringing international faculty and staff to the Missoula campus for teaching, research, and service assignments. 

Internationally Recognized Programs of Excellence

The University of Montana hosts a variety of scholars from all over the world. Many of our scholars come on exchange programs, short-term training, and as conference attendees. The University of Montana has several Internationally recognized centers of excellence in several fields;

Missoula is also the home of the world renowned International Heart institute at St. Patrick's Hospital. The University of Montana and St. Patrick's Hospital are both affiliated with the International Heart Institute.