EA Prospective Students Advising


To be eligible for study abroad, UMass Amherst students must: 

  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above (Students must also meet program specific requirements, which may be higher)
    • Students who have a GPA of below 2.5 should consult their Education Abroad Advisor for the override process. All requests must be received by the following deadlines: September 15th for Spring, Winter, or Calendar Year Programs; February 15th for Summer, Fall, or Academic Year Programs.  Late requests will not be considered.
  • Have no outstanding disciplinary or judicial actions (all must be resolved before leaving campus). Please review the International Programs Office and Dean of Students Conduct Clearance Process.
  • Have attended UMass Amherst for at least one full semester
  • Have completed 45 credits to study on a semester or academic year program


To start the application process, attend the mandatory Education Abroad Essentials to learn:  

  • How to organize your coursework
  • How to plan financing 
  • How to start researching program options
  • How to narrow down your top choices

This is a mandatory information session for all students in all majors interested in all countries.  You will not be able to meet with your Education Abroad Program Advisor until you have attended.  

Mondays – Fridays 
9:00am and 3:00pm 
Education Abroad Advising Center
International Programs Building, 70 Butterfield Terrace

Campus Center
http://www.umass.edu/ipo/education-abroad/calendar for location

Wednesday Evenings
Calipari Room
Learning Commons, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

After attending Education Abroad Essentials, you may schedule a meeting with an Education Abroad Program Advisor.  Do this by calling (413) 545-5247 or visiting the Advising Center, IPO Building, 70 Butterfield Terrace or the IPO Advising Desk at the Learning Commons, lower level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.  

Are you interested in a Partner Program in Florence, China or New Zealand?   If you are certain of which program you want to apply to, you may bypass the Advising Application and start a program application directly from the program page. You are not required to meet with IPO staff, but if you need further guidance, you are welcome to meet with a Peer Advisor and/or the appropriate IPO staff advisor.  We highly recommend you still attend Education Abroad Essentials.

Want some help getting started? We're here for you! 

  • Drop in at the Education Abroad Advising Center, located in the IPO Building, 70 Butterfield Terrace, for preliminary advising with a Peer Advisor.  Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.  Phone: (413) 545-5247.  
  • Obtain preliminary advising with a peer advisor at the IPO Advising Desk in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library Learning Commons.  Monday through Thursday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
  • When you meet with a peer advisor, they can:
    • Assist you in gathering information about your options
    • Offer advice about what to consider when selecting a program
    • Help you navigate the application and post-acceptance processes
    • Give you tips on how to prepare to study abroad
    • Share their experiences
    • Refer you to other resources
    • Direct you to program or country-specific resources
    • Schedule a meeting for you with a Study Abroad Program Advisor (if you have attended Education Abroad Essentials)
  • After attending Education Abroad Essentials and meeting with a peer advisor to finish your advising questionnaires, you may schedule an appointment with a UMass Study Abroad Advisor, who is well-versed in the many options available to help you choose an appropriate, high-quality program. Study Abroad Advisors take into account each student’s academic, personal, and financial needs and goals. 

If you haven't already, please create your UMass Abroad Account.

Non UMass Students 

To be eligible to study abroad with UMass, a non-UMass Amherst student must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in a U.S. college or university
  • Have completed freshman year
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 and above (some programs require 3.0 or better)
  • Have no outstanding disciplinary or judicial actions (all must be resolved before attending the program)
  • Acquire written permission from your home institution by completing the Home Approval Form
  • Get approval from the UMass IPO

Steps to take for Non-UMass Amherst Students to study abroad:

  1. Search for programs that are “Open To" non-UMass Amherst students on the IPO Education Abroad Website.
  2. Speak with your home university about their study abroad policies and your graduation requirements
  3. Create a UMassAbroad account and follow the instructions for the signature verification document and form of identification 
  4. Click on the Advising Application and complete your profile and the signature documents
  5. Speak or meet with your UMass Education Abroad Advisor to start the application process
  6. Meet with your home institution academic advisor to make sure you choose the right classes while abroad
  7. Once you and your UMass Education Abroad Advisor decide on a specific program for you, apply to the program (program requirements vary)
  8. Complete all required UMassAbroad account documents and all program materials
  9. Attend a Pre-Departure Conference or Orientation for your program
  10. Go abroad!