Important: Visa and 1-20 Guidelines


UMass Amherst considers many of its programs to be full-time, as such all non-immigrant students are required to obtain the appropriate lawful immigration status prior to enrolling in a full-time program. For programs that are not considered full-time please contact the program directly for information related to Visa requirements


The B1/B2 visa or visa waiver program is not suitable for full-time study in the U.S.


Application Instructions for International Students seeking full-time study in Summer College


PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept international checks for application fee payments. For specific application requirements, visit the  "How to Apply" page. Also, the name on your application materials must match the name on your passport.


For Canadian Residents

Although you do not need an F-1 visa to enter the United States in F-1 status, you will need an I-20, and should follow the instructions above for obtaining that document, the SEVIS fee is included in our visa fee. You must present your SEVIS receipt and I-20 at the U.S.—Canada land border or at the airport for lawful entry to the U.S. as an F-1 student. Please make sure at the Port of Entry that you receive an I-94 arrival/departure record (small white card) stamped “F-1 D/S” (D/S – Duration of Status).


Refund Policy

Please note: If you must withdraw from a program at any point after the visa process is initiated, the visa fee of $350 will not be refunded.


Deadlines for Documentation – 2013

If your program begins on or before :

Your complete application should be received by:

June 30

April 21

July 7

May 5

July 21

May 19


If you have general questions about all other types of visas, please consult the U.S. Department of State visa page where you will find links to specific consular locations and other helpful information at


At you will find a description of the F-1 student visa.



IMPORTANT:  If you have any questions relating to visa matters, please contact our office .Please contact us by phone at (413) 577-2112 Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm EST or by email at