Incoming ISEP Students
We are excited that you are interested in the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)!
Your university must be an ISEP member university to study through this program. Find out if your university is a member of ISEP on ISEP’s website.
First, students apply to their home institution’s International Office and request placement at the University of Montana. Once nominated by their home institution, the student’s application is forwarded to ISEP’s office. ISEP then reviews the student’s application and places the student at an appropriate U.S.-member university. Students cannot apply directly to the University of Montana.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact our office here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click through the tabs below to learn more about the specifics of your study abroad in Montana!
Important ISEP Program Information
Please review the requirements tab on our Incoming ISEP program brochure.
Incoming ISEP applicants must be:
- accepted by ISEP
- placed at the University of Montana
- meet the English Language Proficiency requirements, outlined on our program brochure
Online Application Process
Prospective students can read more about our ISEP program on our brochure page here.
Please note that students will not be able to create an application until invited by our office to do so.
Students will receive the invitation from our office to start an online application once we have received the placement from ISEP. If you need clarification, please contact us at: email@example.com
Once a student has access to the application, they will be able to access the online application through the program brochure's "Apply Now" button.
In order for the student's application to be considered for their study abroad program at the University of Montana, the student must meet the requirements listed above, complete all requires questionnaires and signature documents, as well as upload all required supporting documentation, by the application deadline. Refer to the program brochure for more specifics.
Academic and Course Information
Program Dates and Costs
Please note that dates and costs are subject to change without notice. Any changes will be published here first.
The following might be subject to change depending on the conditions of the global pandemic. Read more about UM's coronavirus information here.
|August 15 - 17||Early Arrival|
|August 18 - 20||International Student Orientation|
|Aug 25 - 26||New Student Orientation (domestic and international)|
|August 29||Autumn Semester Classes Begin|
|September 5||Labor Day – No Classes, Offices Closed|
|November 11||Veterans Day Observed – No Classes, Offices Closed|
|November 23||Student Travel Day – No Classes|
|November 24 - 25||Thanksgiving Break – No Classes, Offices Closed|
|December 9||Last Day of Regular Classes|
|December 12 - 16||Final Exams|
|*(TBA)||Early Arrival Housing Open|
|*(TBA)||International Student Orientation|
|January 5 - January 6||New Student Orientation (domestic and international)|
|January 9||Classes Begin|
|January 16||Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Classes, Offices Closed|
|February 20||President's Day Holiday - No Classes, Offices Closed|
|March 13 - 17||Spring Break - No Classes|
|April 28||Last Day of Regular Classes|
|May 2 - 5||Final Exams|
|New Student Fee||$150|
|Lewis & Clark Apartments||$600 / month|
$200 - $400 / month
(depending on eating habits)
|Early Arrival Housing||$23 / night|
Textbooks and Supplies, Special Course Fees
|$500 / semester, varies by class|
UM Student Health Insurance
|Not applicable to ISEP students!|
Housing and Meals
ISEP students will be given a room within the Lewis and Clark apartments, off-campus, after completing the housing application. The Lewis and Clark Village is conveniently located on the South Campus of the University of Montana. The apartment complex is within walking or biking distance to campus and is just a short drive or bus ride. UM bus services are available for convenient transportation to UM's campus.
Because the Lewis and Clark apartments have a built-in kitchen, students will not be charged for an on-campus meal plan. However, that doesn't mean that students cannot indulge in the many on-campus dining opportunities. ISEP students will receive a meal stipend that they can use at local restaurants, grocery stores, or on-campus dining halls.
Visit our ISEP program brochure for more information.
Health and Rental Insurance
- Since you are required to enroll in the ISEP Student Health Insurance Program, you do not have to purchase the UM Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Health Insurance, nor show proof of other equivalent health insurance coverage.
Visas and Employment
ISEP students' visas are sponsored by ISEP, and not by the University of Montana.
ISEP students wishing to travel outside of the United States (even for travel to Canada!) during their exchange period must have their DS-2019 form signed by ISEP central PRIOR TO THEIR
TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE U.S.A. Please contact the International Students and Scholars (ISS) office to arrange the signing of your DS-2019 shortly after your arrival in Missoula.
Working While on Exchange
It is essential that you obtain permission to work while on exchange in the U.S. if you wish to work during your stay, or you will be in violation of your visa status. As a J-1 exchange student, you can work part time on-campus or off-campus (under special circumstances) during the semesters, or full time during holiday periods within the exchange period. You may also be able to complete an academic training period (an internship) as part of your exchange.
ISEP Exchange students must request authorization for employment and academic training through the Education Abroad office. Plan to visit Education Abroad at least four weeks before you plan to begin to work. Requests for academic training must be submitted to Education Abroad by the beginning of November for the Spring term and by mid-March for the Summer term.
If you plan to work, you will need to apply for a Social Security Card at the Social Security Office, located at 3701 American Way, Missoula, MT 59808, phone (866) 931-9029. You will also need this card to get a driver's license, if you wish to do so. Remember to bring your passport, DS-2019, and I-94.