2019 Humphrey Fellows Arrival

Students standing in front of the Davidson honors college, all smiling and some with their hands up in excitement

This year's 2019 Humphrey Fellows have arrived! In the first week of April, the University of Montana’s English Language Institute, ELI, Program received 15 scholars from various countries around the world. The Fellows are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. During their time at UM, they will receive intensive English language training, after which they will continue to their non-degree graduate studies programs at different universities around the nation.

The Humphrey Program brings career-minded professionals from a list of designated countries around the world to the U.S. for a year of non-degree graduate-level studies. During their time in the U.S., they will learn about leadership development and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts. The program recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in Panama, marking 40 years of bringing international professionals to the United States. The Humphrey program fosters mutual exchange knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern between citizens of the U.S. and the Humphrey scholar’s home countries.

This year, the ELI Institute has received scholars from Pakistan, China, Haiti, Myanmar, Ecuador, The Central African Republic, Gabon, El Salvador, Cambodia, Honduras, Mali, Chad, and Tunisia. During their stay, the fellows will be improving their English skills while exploring Montana. The Humphrey Fellows have already been to Missoula’s famous First Friday, and in June, they will visit Glacier National Park.

We are excited to host this year’s Humphrey Fellows and we look forward to another summer with them.