Each year, the International Programs Office  (IPO) sends approximately 1200 UMass Amherst students abroad. Studying abroad provides students with the opportunity to internationalize their degree program, to broaden their perspectives, and to see and experience new cultures, all the while staying on time for graduation.
IPO offers 400+ education abroad programs all around the world with courses in areas such as Engineering, Communication, Political Science, Business, Literature, History, Civic Engagement, and many more. Many programs include opportunities for internships, volunteering, and social engagement. With planning, the credits from abroad will become part of students’ transcripts and applied towards their degrees. Students can also fulfill GenEd, major, minor, or graduation requirements abroad.
Statistics show  that 97% of study abroad students found employment within 12 months of graduation, when only 49% of college graduates who did not study abroad found employment in the same period. This means that students who study abroad are almost twice as likely to find a job after college. Employers are looking for knowledgeable worldly candidates, and over 80% of study abroad alumni felt that their studies abroad allowed them to better adapt to diverse work environments while helping them build valuable skills for the job market.
Don’t be fooled by the myths – Education Abroad is very affordable! Students who receive financial aid during the academic year can apply their aid to programs abroad. There are also scholarships, grants, and low-interest loans available to students studying abroad. Please read the Financial Information  on our website.
The Education Abroad (EA) staff works closely with each student to help them find the best program to fit their academic, financial and personal goals. Students are encouraged to attend a study abroad information session  hosted by IPO throughout the academic year.
Students can professionalize themselves and capitalize on their experiences by becoming a UMass Global Ambassador during their time abroad, or a Peer Advisor upon return. The EA staff loves to see students succeed while gaining real world experiences by studying and traveling abroad.
To contact the EA staff, call 413-545-2710, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.