Not all UMass International Study programs require English proficiency, but many do. Please check the program description for information regarding English language requirements.


For Summer College

We strongly recommend that pre-college students have a minimum 80 or higher on the iBT TOEFL to participate in the Summer College. Students may provide an internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or computer-based TOEFL scores and request ETS to send their scores to

Applicants who have not taken the TOEFL will be asked to participate in an in-person interview or online interview. China-based candidates can arrange for a video recorded interview with Initialview. Candidates from other countries will have to arrange for an online interview conducted over Skype by contacting Summer College.


Depending on the results of their language assessment students may be eligible to participate in: 


Academic Foundations for Non-Native English Speakers

This program is open to international students whose English is at least at an intermediate level (iBT 60). The goal of this intensive is to prepare students for college coursework in a U.S. university. The course covers the basics of academic writing, critical analysis, and group collaboration in a university setting. Participants will engage in a variety of hands-on activities in a student-centered learning environment and may attend lectures and presentations in both the arts and sciences. For pre-college students follow this link: More for pre-college students. For visiting international undergraduates see below.


Intensive English Program

The University of Massachusetts Amherst in collaboration with the International Language Institute offers a four-week academic program in business and practical English. The program is for students who are 18 years and older and provides 21 hours of instruction per week in small classes (average of 8 students per class, maximum of 12) with an emphasis on speaking and understanding. The program is available for the month of July 2014. Students are residents on the UMASS campus and take classes at the Institute while participating in evening and weekend programs, trips and activities.


For all other offerings please check the appropriate website.