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University of Montana

Program Overview 

Location: Missoula, Montana
Culture: Student-centric, all-American
Neighborhood: College town, suburban/rural
Housing: On-campus dormitory
English level: Intermediate - advanced 

Located in picturesque Missoula, Montana, the University of Montana (UM) provides students with a beautiful atmosphere to live and study.

Missoula is the second largest city in Montana, with a population of about 80,000 people. Locals and students alike live an outdoorsy lifestyle, as Missoula has more than 500 acres of parkland, 26 miles of trails, 3,300 acres of conservation lands, and 20,000 trees.

The scenic university campus spans more than 56 acres and encompasses 60 unique buildings. With a student population of more than 13,000, the University of Montana comes alive with large American college sporting events, social clubs and student-run events.

SAF Scholars who attend UM are encouraged to take advantage of subject-based study sessions and other resources available to them from the Office for Student Success.

Student Profile

Right-fit SAF Scholars for this program would be eager to study academics in a supportive and hands-on learning environment, where they are challenged to participate in class discussions, ask questions and work independently as well as on a team.

Other Programs at University

Progression, Concurrent

Other Comparable Programs

Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall (Late August - Late December)
Spring (Late January - Mid May)

Progression or Concurrent Notes

If a student achieves the academic English proficiency minimum during their study, the student will be fully admitted to the university. Students are also eligible for full admission to the
university if they receive a recommendation from ELI based on good grades in ELI’s advanced class, Level 6. Students attending ELI classes will be recommended for admission to UM if they:
  1. Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 or 90% in Level 6
  2. Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 or 85% in Level 6 AND have a documented TOEFL score of 500 (ITP) or 61 (iBT) or IELTS 5.5 (with no b and lower than a 5.0).

Program Strengths

If enrolling in either progression or concurrent, the University is very willing to work with scholars and making sure that each of their individual needs are met.

# of Credits (per term)

SAF Scholars must enroll and maintain a minimum 12 – 18 credit hours per semester. 12 credit hours is the common credit load for visiting students.

Course Registration Policies & Procedures

SAF Scholars enroll in courses online at a designated date and time provided prior to their arrival.

Course/Departmental Restrictions

Some courses and departments have intermittently offered classes. Therefore, SAF Scholars may not or may not be able to get into the desired course.
  • African American Studies
  • Astronomy
Some courses and departments have limited access. Therefore, SAF Scholars cannot enroll in the following courses prior to their arrival. However, if they choose, they can attend the course on their first day and check if there are any open seats and then obtain permission from the professor
  • Business, Entrepreneurship
  • Child Development
  • Cross Cultural Studies/ Cultural Studies
  • Engineering, Management and Administration
  • English as a Second Language
  • Exercise Science/Sports Science/Kinesiology
  • Food Science/Nutrition
  • Journalism

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses are not available at Montana.


Housing Type

On-campus dormitory


Lommasson plus meal plan

Type of Room

Double or triple
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

The University of Montana offers the Outdoor Recreation Club. Here, SAF Scholars could venture beyond the classroom to learn or advance their skills in many sports, from rock climbing and kayaking to cross-country skiing. Through this club, SAF Scholars would have the opportunity to backpack with peers through Glacier National park and canoe the Green River, too. Students need not worry about packing their gear, either. The club rents equipment for everything from water sports to camping to climbing to biking and more

Life on Campus

University of Montana is known for its neighborly vibe. With on-campus housing secured for SAF Scholars, they are able to take full advantage of the campus resources, from dining to fitness to recreational facilitates.

Last Updated: 1/9/19