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Study in Montana, United States

State overview

Montana is a state in the Western United States which takes its name from the Spanish word Montaña meaning "mountain" or more broadly, "mountainous country". Montana is a state ruled by its geography which has earned it several nicknames including ‘Big Sky Country’ and ‘The Treasure State’.

It is home to numerous mountain ranges and three of the five entrances to the Yellowstone National Park.

Montana is a place of rural and mountain living with an economy almost solely based on services such as ranching, lumber, tourism and hard rock mining.

Education profile

Montana has a variety of options to study a graduate program in America. There is a variety of public and private institutions that offer postgraduate study:

Professional, or ‘terminal’, masters are designed to lead to employment rather than further study. Popular courses include: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and Master of Library Science (M.L.S.).

Academic masters, however, are generally designed to lead the way into doctorate/PhD study. Popular courses include: Master of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

Both last between one and three years, depending on the subject.

Doctoral degrees are the most advanced level of higher education, and usually take between four and eight years to complete, which includes the time it takes to write and present a dissertation. 

Immigration and visas

Before travelling to the USA to study in Montana you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.

The most common kind of student visa is the F-1 visa, which entitles the holder to study at any US accredited college or university.
To apply for a student visa for a graduate program in Montana, you will need to fill out an application form (found on the US Embassy website) and send appropriate documentation, such as evidence of financial standing and proof of university acceptance and academic qualifications, as well as possibly attending a visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.

Life in Montana

The great outdoors is central to life in Montana. If outdoor pursuits like walking and climbing are some of your favourite activities then Montana is a great place to study a postgraduate program in the US.

The cost of living in Montana is lower than the US average.

Working in Montana

The main industries in Montana are agriculture and tourism. 66% of all land in the state is farmland.

Tourism is fuelled by the millions of visitors a year to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, the Missouri River headwaters, the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn and three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park.


Most postgraduates coming to Montana choose to live in accommodation provided by the universities, as this is the easiest way to get to know fellow students and settle into university life. Most halls of residence in Montana provide postgraduates with furniture, cooking appliances and have places to relax like gyms and cafes.

Some students will choose to live privately in rented accommodation.

Weather and climate

Because of Montana’s varied geography the climate also varies widely. Mountainous regions have a colder climate, whilst the lower plans and badlands of Eastern Montana have hot summers and milder winters.

In the winter, valley fog and low clouds form in the western valleys, but this is rarely seen in the east of the state.

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