The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center is an academic unit of the  University of Montana dedicated to enhancing mutual understanding  between the United States and other countries around the world, and to fostering ethical public  policy and leadership. The Center supports this mission by fostering  university and community links with other countries and dialogue on issues facing  the United States and the world on matters of the economy, the  environment, global development, and international relations.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the resumption of U.S.- Vietnam bilateral relations, the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam is supporting a high school exchange between Missoula and Vietnam. A group of 25 high school students from each location will be invited to participate in a two-way cultural and educational exchange focused on environmental issues. This exchange consists of three components: a) a virtual exchange of eight meetings between January-June 2021; b) a visit to Montana by the Vietnamese students, proposed for July 7-21, 2021; c) a visit to Vietnam by the Montana students, proposed for August 3-15, 2021. Please note that the virtual exchange is firm for this spring, but the travel dates will be shifted to Summer 2022 if the pandemic does not allow for international travel this summer.

Eligibility Criteria 

  •  U.S. Citizen
  • A Missoula County Public School sophomore or junior (graduation projected for 2022 or 2023).
  • A commitment to participating in all aspects of the exchange: the virtual exchange, hosting the Vietnamese students in Missoula, and travel to Vietnam.

Selection Process

The application process consists of two steps: your Submittable application submission and an oral interview for semi-finalists. Following our review of all submitted written applications, semi-finalists will be invited to a 20-minute Zoom interview in early December to meet with one teacher and one Mansfield Center staff member. Finalists will be notified of their selection by December 18 and asked at that time to sign a contract committing to program goals and timelines.

For questions, please contact Program Manager Heidi Blair via email ( or phone (406-243-2989).

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