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.

Faculty-Directed Programs

Climate Change 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 Peter McDonough, Program Coordinator of Climate Change Studies at UM and is suitable for students of all backgrounds and majors.

Dates: May 2020

Deadline: Applications are currently open, with an Early Bird Discount to those applying by January 10, 2020.

Learn more about the Climate Change 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.

UM students, staff, alums, community friends, and non-UM students are all welcome to apply.

Dates: March 12 - March 22, 2020

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People hold the Chinese and Hong Kong flags as they take part in a pro-government rally in Hong Kong on August 17, 2014

University of Montana Partner Universities and ISEP

The University of Montana also offers students the opportunity to study abroad through Partner Universities and International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). Opportunities are available in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

More information on partner universities and ISEP is available through UM’s Global Engagement Office.

Students riding in a boat on a river in Vietnam

External Programs

These programs are not affiliated with UM or the Mansfield Center. More information on participating in an outside program while a UM student is available through the Office of Global Engagement.

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is a joint effort between Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University that offers a number of graduate degrees in Chinese studies focused on contemporary politics and the economy.

The Japan-America Student Conference brings together Japanese and U.S. students who will study, work, live, and travel together while examining issues including immigration, identity, environmental initiatives, technology, and justice.

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program is a job opportunity for recent graduates to work as Assistant Language Teachers or as Coordinators for International Relations in Japan.

The Korea-America Student Conference is a student-led academic and cultural exchange program launched in 2008 to build closer ties between young leaders in both countries.

NYU Shanghai is a joint program by New York University and East China Normal University offering study abroad opportunities in Shanghai.

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 Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute offers eight-week summer language programs in multiple Southeast Asian languages hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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.