Start planning early! Study abroad is possible for students in every major, but it requires planning ahead. We encourage students to visit with Education Abroad as early as the first year. Check out these 10 compelling reasons to study abroad!
The Education Abroad Office primarily serves undergraduates, but there are some graduate study abroad opportunities as well.
Keep in mind, passports are required for international travel and can take up to 8 weeks to obtain. Plan early!
Questions to ask yourself when considering study abroad:
- Why do I want to study abroad? (e.g. academic requirements, career development, language immersion, personal development)
- Should I study abroad for a year, a semester, a summer, or a shorter period of time?
- What kind of housing situation do I want? (e.g. host family, dorm, apartment)
- Do I want to learn in English or in another language?
- Do I want to be in classes with resident students, other international students, or other UMass students?
- What kinds of credits do I want to earn while abroad? (e.g. major, minor, gen ed, electives)
- Do I want a classroom experience? Field experience? Internship experience?
- How much does the program cost? How will I pay for it?