The PMBP provides instruction and support in three distinct areas to prepare students to apply to and succeed in graduate programs at the University of Montana or another U.S. university. The program provides a holistic approach to addressing the most significant challenges that international students face when working towards being admitted to a U.S. graduate program, including; intensive and tailored English language instruction, the opportunity to learn and succeed in an American, English-speaking classroom, and meaningful academic advising. Additional detail about these three areas of focus is provided in the sections below.
The English Language Institute (ELI) at UM provides courses for PMBP participants to:
- Improve technical (discipline-specific) English language skills.
- Prepare for and achieve the necessary TOEFL score.
PMBP participants will have the ability to take undergraduate, upper-division courses in their academic discipline.
This will help participants to:
- Become familiar with learning and succeeding in an American, English-speaking classroom.
- Achieve credits from a U.S. institution to cite on graduate school applications.
A variety of student services professionals at UM will provide participants with a structured program to:
- Identify graduate programs to apply to.
- Receive assistance completing graduate program applications.
- Prepare for and take necessary graduate program entrance exam(s).
- Participate in relevant non-academic opportunities at the university.