Study Abroad

Study abroad is a critical component of regional studies. Below are some study abroad opportunities for University of Montana Students to study abroad in Asia. To learn more about Study Abroad through the University of Montana in general, visit the Global Engagement Office webpage.

University of Montana Faculty-Directed Programs

Wintersession in Vietnam

students swing in hammocks in vietnam

The College of Forestry & Conservation, the Mansfield Center and the Environmental Studies Department have created a unique study abroad opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and experience of climate change in natural ecosystems in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The field-based, experiential classes focus on climate change issues as well as the culture, ecology, economy, and history of Vietnam. The program is a part of the University of Montana's faculty-led study abroad and will be led by Environmental Studies Professor Dr. Nicky Phear. The program is suitable for students of all backgrounds and majors. 

Dates: December 27 - January 19

Deadline: Applications open in spring and are due by October 25.

Learn more about the Wintersession in Vietnam Program

Explore Hong Kong, Macau and South China

This course provides an opportunity for you to develop a first-hand understanding of the socio-cultural changes that are happening under the “one country, two systems” policy. Through site visits and dialogue with local scholars, activists, journalists, legislators, and business professionals, you will learn about international communication issues such as multinational organization communication, press freedom, Internet censorship, social media for social change, cultural influences, and discourses of development. While immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the place, you will have the opportunity to connect with local young people to exchange views on transnational phenomena and to experience in person intercultural communication at the confluence of the East and the West.

Both university students and community members are welcome to apply at the Global Engagement Office website.

The first program ran May 21, 2017 - June 5, 2017. Future program dates TBA.

University of Montana Partner Universities

Students riding in a boat on a river in VietnamPartner Universities have agreements specifically with the University of Montana to send and receive students. 

There are two different types of exchange with Partner Universities: Partner Exchange, where students pay tuition to UM and room & board usually to the host institution, and Partner Direct, where students pay tuition, room, & board all to the host institution. Most UM scholarships and student loans (except work study) can apply. To study abroad you must have at least a Sophomore standing of 30 UM credits (you can apply as a Freshman as long as you are a Sophomore once you are abroad), and have a minimum GPA of 2.8 (3.0 for select universities). 

Graduate Study

Hopkins-Nanjing Center

Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University's collaborative program in Nanjing offers a number of graduate degrees in Chinese studies focused on contemporary politics and economy.

More information about Hopkins-Nanjing Center.

Schwarzman Scholars

The Schwarzman Scholars program provides promising graduates with full funding for a master's degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's top universities.The Schwarzman Scholars program provides promising graduates with full funding for a master's degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's top universities. All classes are taught in English. Successful applicants will pursue degrees in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies.

More information about Schwarzman Scholars Program.

Yenching Scholars at Peking University

The Yenching Scholars program provides successful applicants with a fully-funded MA in Chinese Studies at Peking University, one of China's top universities. All classes are taught in English.

More information about Yenching Scholars program.

Other Opportunities

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

Eight-week summer language program for academic credit hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Courses available: Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, Filipino, Hmong and Indonesian. Courses are taught in first, second and third-year levels.

Applications are available in the Fall and due in late winter or early spring.

Visit the SEASSI website for more information.

Bard Abroad at the American University of Central Asia

Eight-week summer program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Theme is "Development, Sustainability, and Conflict: Contemporary Issues in Central Asia." Students may also pursue study in Kyrgyz, Russian, Turkish, or Uyghur languages.

Applications for Fall or academic year programs are due in April, Spring programs are due in November, and applications for the summer practicum in March.

Visit the website for more information.

Study Abroad at NYU Shanghai

Earn credit for course in Chinese language and East Asia. Need-based grants to pay tuition are available through the program.

Applications are due in February and September. 

More information about NYU Shanghai

Fulbright Taiwan FSE English Teacher Training & Research Awards

Successful applicants will spend one year in Taiwan training English teachers. Applicants must hold at least an Master's degree and have TEFL teaching experience.

Applications are due in early February.

Visit the Fullbright Website.

JET: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme

student visits temple in japanGet paid a salary with benefits to work in Japan for at least one year. Successful applicants will be assigned to work as Assistant Language Teachers in a local school or as Coordinators for International Relations in local government.

Contact: Seattle JET Program Coordinator jet@se.mofa.go.jp

Applications are due in November.

Learn More about the JET Program.