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ISS Exchange Program

Welcome Prospective Exchange Students, Partners, and New Exchange Students.

The following information applies to all exchange students studying at UMass Amherst. 

  • Students are required to attend the Mandatory International Student Orientation prior to the start of their first semester.

  • Refer to the UMass Amherst Academic Calendar for important University dates and deadlines. Please note that this calendar does not include the International Student Orientation dates, students will need to take this into account when making their first-semester arrival plans.

  • The U.S. Federal and Massachusetts State governments require that all J-1 visa holders have health coverage. In compliance with Massachusetts insurance requirements, students are not allowed to use insurance from a non-U.S. insurance company. Students will automatically be enrolled in the Student Health Plan (SHBP) in order to meet the State’s insurance requirements and are not eligible to waive any part of the SHBP. Read more about UMASS Amherst Health Insurance and the Student Health Insurance Plan

  • Massachusetts law requires certain immunization for college students before arrving at school. Students are also required to provide proof of these immunizations, refer to the Immunizations website for details.

  • UMass Amherst school bills are processed through our Bursar's Office. Students can view/pay their bills on SPIRE, read more about it here.

Quicklinks:

​Undergraduate Exchange

Graduate Exchange

Partner Information


If you are currently enrolled in the U.S. university or college and are interested in studying abroad internationally, please visit www.umass.edu/ipo/education-abroad for more information.