Certificate of Attendance

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Letter requests submitted after 12pm on Friday, April 21st will not be processed until after Monday, May 1st.


1. Choose a letter template below based on your academic status (i.e. student or scholar, degree or exchange)

STUDENT LETTERS: You must be currently sponsored by UMass Amherst on a F1 or J1 student visa to request these letters.

  • DEGREE STUDENT CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE: For use as part of tourist visa applications for countries other than the U.S., Massachusetts driver's license application supplements, confirmation of your full time student status at UMass Amherst, etc. 
  • DEGREE STUDENT STUDENT FAMILY INVITATION: For use by family members during their B1/B2 visa appointment during your studies at UMass.
  • UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE STUDENT GRADUATION INVITATION (Only available for request during the Spring semester): For use by family members during their B1/B2 visa appointment to attend your May Graduation Commencement Ceremony.
  • GRADUATE DEGREE STUDENT GRADUATION INVITATION (Only available for request during the Spring semester): For use by family members during their B1/B2 visa appointment to attend your May Graduation Commencement Ceremony.
  • EXCHANGE (NON-DEGREE) STUDENTS: Drop off your enrollment verification forms for signature in 467 Hills South (IPO Main Office) or contact your IPO advisor.
  • STUDENTS ON OPT OR ACADEMIC TRAINING: To request a letter contact Beryl Tang, include your full name and SPIRE number.

SCHOLAR LETTERS: You must be currently sponsored by UMass Amherst on a J1 scholar visa to request these letters.

  • SCHOLAR CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCEFor use as part of tourist visa applications for countries other than the U.S., Massachusetts driver's license application supplements, confirmation of your scholar status at UMass Amherst, etc. 
  • SCHOLAR FAMILY INVITATION: For use by family members during their B1/B2 visa appointment during your program at UMass Amherst.

​2. Update the template with your personal information.

  • You may only made changes to the text in red on the templates. 
  • Make sure ALL of the information in your letter is correct before you submit your request (i.e. spelling, dates, etc.)

​3. SUBMIT your letter(s) by email to Beth Bogdahn for processing, unless otherwise specified. Use subject line: Certificate of Attendance Request and attach all letters in MS word format. 


Your request will be processed within 2-3 business days. You will receive an email once your letters are available for pick up at IPO. If you have not received this email within 5 business days, please email Beth Bogdahn.