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Admitted International Students

Congratulations!  We welcome you and your unique contributions to campus for Fall 2018.

What happens next?

If you accept our offer of admission, pay the non-refundable $500 enrollment fee by accessing the our QuikPAY system.  Under “Payment Method” you may select:

  • International payment - this will access flywire and allow you to make payments from non-U.S. bank accounts.  (Fees apply)
  • Credit card (Fees apply)
  • e-Check (No fees, but only from U.S. banks)
  • You will need your SPIRE ID number. Please ensure this is correct!  (You can find the number in your admit letter.) Also, it will take up to 3-4 days for your SPIRE account to register the payment, so don't worry!
  • If you decline your offer of admission, please notify us(include your name and date of birth). For our policy on deferral of freshman admission please see here.

Please soon look for an email from the International Programs Office (IPO) with subject line: “UMass Amherst Visa Sponsorship”-- it will include the information below as well as other important details. Please do not submit documents to request your I-20 until you receive the email.

Please see our 2018-19 estimated costs.

Applying for a student visa can take a lot of time and preparation. Be sure to start early!  Upon receipt of the necessary documents and payment your enrollment fee, we will send you the I-20 form.  This is the form that U.S. schools issue to international students to indicate they have met all admission requirements to enter that school. You must take this form with you when you apply to the American Embassy or Consulate for a visa.

If you are already in the U.S. on a F-1 visa status, your UMass Amherst I20 can only be issued after you submit the required documents and complete the SEVIS transfer release process with your previous F-1 visa sponsor. Additional documentation is required and will be provided in your “Visa Sponsorship” email.

Orientation for international students has two components:

1. The first part is completed with New Students Orientation (NSO). Through NSO you will register for your classes, learn about important resources and next steps, and get ready for your transition from your last school to UMass Amherst. International students can do their NSO on campus, in person during June/July OR online. (Most international students complete this first part online.)

2. The second part is done with the International Programs Office (IPO). From August 29 - August 31, 2018 international students must be on-campus in Amherst to complete the in person International Student Orientation (ISO). The ISO covers immigration requirements, document checks, information on how to study in the US education system, and cultural/safety/health information sessions to help with your transition to the United States.

On this page (starting mid-February) you will be able to sign up for BOTH an NSO session and your ISO. Be sure to follow instructions about mandatory placement exams that need to be taken prior the the start of your orientation!

Don’t worry, you have time!  The Housing Preference Application, which is what new incoming students use to acquire housing for the upcoming year, will open on SPIRE on June 1, 2018.  You have from June 1 until July 13 to complete the application, and you will be able to edit your application as many times as you wish up until the deadline.

Explore Your Options:

Please note: most residence halls close during break periods. New students who will need housing during Thanksgiving, winter, or spring break should request to live in Break Housing.

Apply for Housing:

  • Sign the Residence Hall Contract and submit the Housing Profile on SPIRE under Main Menu>Housing.
  • Starting June 1, Complete your Preference Application on SPIRE on SPIRE under Main Menu>Housing by doing ONE of the following:
  1. Confirm the RAP you are currently holding a space in
  2. Rank order the five Residential Areas with RFYE halls (Central, Northeast, Orchard Hill, Southwest, CHCRC
  3. Request to live in Break Housing by: Ranking Central as your first preference and selecting “Break Housing” as the Living Option OR Hold a space in the Global Perspectives RAP or the Global Viewpoints RAP in Gorman and confirm on your Preference Application

Need help? View our video tutorials for step-by-step instructions

Massachusetts law requires college students to be immunized against several diseases. Please see this page for more information about the immunization requirements for all students.

Students can receive credit through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and International A Level examinations.

Strong scores may allow for a course waiver or course credit.  All scores MUST be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency.  It is also helpful to have a copy of your test scores on hand when first meeting with an academic advisor.

This will let academic advisors know what credits you have earned.

UMass Jump! is a voluntarty four-week academic summer program for incoming first-year students: July 29 - August 29, 2018

The UMass Jump! program gives incoming first-year students the opportunity to get a head start on college academics and campus life. International students who attend Jump! will take a general education course and a one-credit Academic Preparedness and Cultural Immersion course, earning five credits before the semester begins. Here are the benefits to attending Jump!:

  • Select your courses when you arrive to campus in late July, a full month early
  • Fulfill a general education requirement and get prepared for university level studies before the start of the academic year
  • Take a class in American culture and academic skills designed for international students, while you earn a credit toward graduation
  • Access to tutoring and workshops for college success
  • Meet professors in your academic discipline before the rest of the incoming first-year class
  • Get to know the campus and make friends early, which will make your transition to UMass much easier
  • Attend fun outings and activities with all of the Jump! students designed to build community and friendship
  • More info can be found here: UMass Jump!

Registration begins March 5, 2018. Due to various factors for international students, please send in your application as soon as possible.  Summer programs will work with the International Programs Office to issue you an I-20 for this particular program. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Craig, Director of Summer Programs at or +1 413 577 4276

The transcript  must come from your high school—we prefer it be sent through the Common Application. If however it needs to be mailed the address is:

UMass Amherst Undergraduate Admissions Office, Mather Building, 37 Mather Drive, Amherst, MA 01003 USA

Admission is contingent upon maintaining your current level of academic performance. It is your responsibility to notify the admissions office of any significant decline in academic performance or additional disciplinary/criminal history that occurs after the submission of your application. UMass Amherst reserves the right to rescind admission based on this information.