Foreign Student and Scholar Services (FSSS) assumes responsibility for the general welfare of foreign students at The University of Montana-Missoula from admission to graduation and practical training. The office provides direct support services, consultation, and liaison to help students and scholars achieve their educational and professional goals and to foster inter-cultural understanding and goodwill.
Specifically, FSSS staff assist in the reception and orientation of foreign students; help with integration into the University and community; interpret immigration regulations and laws and assist students and scholars in maintaining their legal status and obtaining related benefits. Staff members also provide advice for academic and personal concerns, cultural adjustment, financial issues and other concerns that may arise.
FSSS works with the International Student Association and other student groups, as well as the Missoula International Friendship Program, to sponsor cultural activities, a speaker’s bureau, a community hospitality program, leadership opportunities for students, and the annual International Culture and Food Festival. It coordinates the Global Partners program, a campus peer-mentoring program, and offers orientation programs, workshops, educational field trips, and winter/summer break activities.
FSSS manages the International House, an on-campus activity center for intercultural events. The office works closely with other service and advising departments on campus to optimize those services and their visibility to foreign students and scholars.
The University of Montana (UM) has a long tradition of welcoming international students to our campus and community. Currently 503 students from 72 different foreign countries attend UM. Over the past year we also had 250 scholars from 46 foreign countries at UM.
We update this site regularly with information about a wide range of topics useful to incoming foreign students and scholars, as well as currently enrolled students. Navigation links on the left-hand side provide further information about programs and services offered by Foreign Student and Scholar Services (FSSS) and other departments on campus.
Our office provides two lab computers for students to use. Please feel free to stop by our office and relax in the front lounge or use one of the student lab computers. You may also want to check out the International House to hold an event, cook a meal or watch TV.