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Education Abroad

The International Programs Office sends approximately 1200 UMass Amherst students abroad each year. Students can choose from programs in over 50 countries, complete a variety of UMass requirements while abroad, and use their financial aid for study abroad. The Education Abroad (EA) staff works with each student to help them find the best program to fit their academic, financial and personal goals. To explore the numerous opportunities, students should visit our Programs Search webpage.

To begin the study abroad process, students should stop by the EA Advising Center, located in 455 Hills South building, for an introduction to study abroad and, once they have narrowed down their options, they may meet with a study abroad advisor. Advisors work with a particular region, so once your student has chosen a study abroad location, he or she will work with the same advisor throughout their planning and application processes, and also while abroad.

Students are encouraged to start making their study abroad plans at least two semesters in advance, though a shorter time frame can be accommodated. In general, the UMass application deadline for spring semester is October 10, and the deadline for fall is March 1. Please note that many programs have varying application deadlines.

Grants, scholarships and loans may be applied to a student’s study abroad expenses. There are also study abroad scholarships available. See our Financial Information on our website.

In addition to over 400 semester or year study abroad options, the Education Abroad Office partners with UMass faculty to offer a variety of short-term programs during January, spring break, and the summer. These programs, and many other summer programs, are also listed on our website.

IPO Buddies is a buddy/mentor program that enables UMass students to meet new international students and help them transition into life in the U.S., Amherst and at UMass. Newly arrived students need IPO buddies to answer their questions and help them adjust to a new academic and personal life here. For information, students should contact Richard Yam at or 413-545-2843.

To contact the EA staff, call 413-545-2710, Monday – Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm.