Study Abroad

University Students

Two UM students buying fruit from a vendor in a boat in VietnamMansfield Center study abroad programs for university students are provided in conjunction with the University of Montana's Office of International Programs

Wintersession in Vietnam

2017-2018 Wintersession in Vietnam Applications will be available on March 1

Early Bird Application Special: Apply by May 1 and save $500

Dates: December 27, 2017 - January 19, 2018

There’s no better time of year to explore Vietnam than during their sun and our gray!

Students lounging in hammocks during their Wintersession in Vietnam Program

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 will be led by Environmental Studies Professor Dr. Daniel Spencer and is suitable for students of all backgrounds and majors.

Credit for the program appears as part of your spring tuition. This means that if you are already taking 12 credits in the spring, there are no additional tuition fees associated with the program. It also means that the majority of spring financial aid can be applied to the program fee, and you may be able to work with the Financial Aid office to seek aid to cover non-program fee expenses, like airfare.

Want to hear what other students have to say about the program? Visit the student blog Deep in the Delta: Stories From Vietnam or read about UM Vietnam Study Abroad Student Monica Lomahukluh in the 2011 President’s Report on Education for the Global Century.

Read about the 2015-2016 Wintersession in Vietnam Program in the International Development studies Fall 2016 Newsletter.

This is a University of Montana sponsored program. Visit the UM Study Abroad page.


waving chinese flagsExplore Hong Kong, Macau and South China

Dates: May 21, 2017 - June 5, 2017
Preparation Sessions: 6:30 - 7:50 PM, every other Wednesday, Spring Semester 2017

China is a key player on the global stage. Taking back Hong Kong from the British and Macau from the Portuguese in 1997/98 after 100 years of colonial rule, China is asserting influence against the waves of globalization and democratization at its doorsteps. 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.

Informational Meetings in LA 302:

• November 17, Thursday, 5 PM 

• November 29, Tuesday, 5 PM

• December 8, Thursday, 5 PM

• December 15, Thursday, 5:30 PM

• December 19, Monday, 5:30 PM 

Visit the University of Montana's Study Abroad Page for More Information.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan Foundation have selected the University of Montana and the Mansfield Center to participate in the KAKEHASHI Project grant, which will send 23 undergraduate or graduate students from Montana to Japan for a 10-day guided culture, education and policy exchange program run by the Japan International Cooperation Center.

Study tour dates were October 31 - November 8, 2016.

This program provided students with the opportunity to travel abroad and learn more about Japan at a very limited cost. The majority of the program expenses--including international airfare, lodging, activity fees, and some meals--were paid for by the sponsor at no cost to the participants.

Learn more about the KAKEHASHI Project

High School Students

Students from the 2013 AYLP Cambodia program posing before a temple in Cambodia.

Mansfield Center study abroad programs for high school students are provided in conjunction with the U.S. department of state and with high schools across Montana.

AYLP Thailand

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, AYLP Thailand engages 20 Montana high school students and two high school teachers on an all-expense paid study of Thailand focused on the global issue of food security in the face of climate change, in the context of Thailand and Montana.


An AYLP participant helps a Cambodian girl plant a young tree.

The centerpiece of AYLP Thailand is a month-long exchange in Thailand.

Visit the AYLP Thailand home page for more information.

Other Study Abroad Opportunities for High School Students

Although the Mansfield Center does not endorse or have partnerships with any of the following programs, in accordance with our belief that international travel experiences enrich the lives of students, we have provided a list of additional opportunities for those interested in studying abroad.

View the List of Additional Study Abroad Opportunities