University of Montana English Language Pathway Program

Language Pathway
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Multi Term, Single Term

About the Program

A collaborative, ethical, and sustainable student lifestyle awaits you at the idyllic and empowering University of Montana. In a 56-acre campus surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Missoula, you have an unrivaled academic and student experience that encourages you to “think critically, live ethically, and explore creatively.” When you become a Grizzly—the nickname for anyone in this vibrant community—you commit to a better tomorrow.

An R1 research institute in wildlife biology, forestry, climate change

There’s something for everyone at the many clubs and societies

Missoula: indie boutiques and a vibrant food and drink scene

26 miles of trails, 3,300 acres of conservation lands, and 20,000 trees

Program Advisor

Student Counselor SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite Level:
GPA Requirements:
Academic Level:
Academic Strengths:
Sociology, Business, Economics & Finance, Management, Public Health, Music, Film & Performing Arts
On-campus dormitory
Visa Required:

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When I asked the professor for help, he let me record the lesson, so I could listen again and improve. I also used the school's Writing Center to correct my English grammar. The whole process really improved my English.

University of Montana SAF Alumni


About the University

University of Montana

Missoula, Montana, is a beautiful place to live and study. Collaborative, ethical, sustainable lifestyles define both life on campus and in the local population of 80,000 people. Locals and students alike love being outdoors in the 500 acres of parkland, 26 miles of walking trails, 3,300 acres of conservation lands, and 20,000 trees. There is little surprise the University of Montana is one of a handful of designated Purple Heart Universities that champion military veterans on their education journey.

When you become a Grizzly—the nickname for anyone in this vibrant community—you commit to a better tomorrow. The science and liberal arts education that takes place here shapes forward-thinking, agile learners who want to make a difference.

Learn more at University of Montana's official website


University of Montana's Academic Approach

The University of Montana offers a wide selection of academic programs allowing you flexibility to explore your interests and find a course of study that fits your unique strengths.

Three programs of national distinction at U. Montana are creative writing, organismal biology, ecology and evolution and wildlife biology. The university has so many courses to offer, from its College of Humanities and Sciences to the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation (which houses world renowned department in wildlife biology).  There’s something for everyone at Montana.


You enroll in courses online after orientation.  You must finalize your registration bill in portal with assistance from the International Student Office

 Some courses and departments have limited access. Therefore, you cannot enroll in the following courses/departments prior to the first day of classes. 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

Some courses and departments have intermittently offered classes. Therefore, depending on the term, SAF Scholars may or may not be able to get into desired courses in the following departments:

  • African American Studies
  • Astronomy

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

Because of the required scores to progress into the academic/concurrent programs it is reasonable to come into the language pathway program with the following scores:

Test: Required Academic Score/Required Concurrent Score

  • TOEFL iBT: 60/45

  • TOEFL ITP: 490/450

  • IELTS: 5.5/4.5

For entrance into academic or concurrent program following language courses (at time of entrance into academic/concurrent program):

Test: Required Academic Score/Required Concurrent Score

  • TOEFL IBT: 70/52
  • TOEFL ITP 525/470
  • IELTS 6.0/5.0
  • Duolingo: 100/80
  • Cambridge English: 180/165
  • ITEP: 3.8/3.4
  • PTE Academic: 48/41

Students wishing to progress to academic can also use the following methods:

  • Receive a recommendation from ELI based on their grades: Minimum GPA of 3.5 or 90% in Level 6.
  • Receive a recommendation from ELI based on their grades and a score on a standardized test such as IELTS or TOEFL: Minimum GPA of 3.0 or 85% in Level 6 AND a documented TOEFL score of 500 (pBT) or 61 (iBT) or IELTS 5.5 (with no band lower than a 5.0).
  • Receive an acceptable TOEFL/IELTS/IBT score: Minimum score of 525 or higher on an ELI-administered paper-based institutional TOEFL (pBT), 70 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), or a 6.0 composite score on the IELTS exam. Official test scores must be presented before classes begin or order to be admitted to the university.

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Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Spring 2024 Language Pathway + Summer 2024 Language Pathway+ Fall 2024 Concurrent

Program dates:
Early March - Mid December
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Fall 2024 Language Pathway + Spring 2025 Concurrent

Program dates:
Late August - Early May
Application Deadline:
Fees Starting From:

Housing Information


On-Campus Dormitory

While studying at the University of Montana, you live in an inviting on-campus dormitory, you will have a shared accommodation on campus. Some accommodations have a shared kitchen, common area, and access to laundry facilities for a home-from-home self-catering experience.

*Housing is subject to availability. For specific questions regarding housing please contact SAF.

About Missoula

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Why Missoula

Collaborative, ethical, sustainable: Missoula, Montana, is the Big West, a stunningly beautiful place to live and study. The local population thrives in Big Sky Country adventures, exploring the city's parkland, walking trails, tree-covered conservation lands where buffalos roam. There's a strong art scene and an impressive number of craft and micro-breweries framed by the vast Montana mountains.

Learn more about Missoula

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization in the United States, we have set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. We plan for the ‘what if’, so you can get on with the experience of a lifetime.
International Health Insurance

International health insurance included in the cost of your program

24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you while traveling and in your new city

Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information prepared based on your destination

Health In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to healthcare providers

Secure Housing

Quality, safe, secure housing within close proximity to your classes

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office advocating for your interests


On Arrival

Your SAF pre-departure process will arm you with all the information you need for a smooth arrival to your new campus, city, and country.

To Housing

Your SAF program will include a safe transfer from your arrival airport to your new study abroad housing. We'll even provide you with top tips to make the most of your new city!

Home Sweet Home

Your SAF Program Specialist will coordinate with you to ensure you have arrived safely and settled into your new secure housing.

Keeping You Safe

As you settle in, you will learn about the SAF emergency alert system, our 24/7 phone support, and any safety concerns relevant to you.

Get Social

Your new university and SAF will arrange social and cultural events so that you can meet other study abroad and local students. Make the most of your adventure!

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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