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Admitted International Students

Congratulations! We welcome you and your unique contributions to campus for Fall 2020.

What happens next?

Take the following steps to accept our offer of admission:

1. Pay the nonrefundable $500 enrollment fee with an electronic check or major credit card. To do so, complete the Your Decision form.

2. After submitting this form, a link will appear on your status page to bring you to Flywire, our processor for foreign currency payments. (Or QuikPAY, our processor for U.S. currency payments.) By the way, Flywire offers other forms of country-specific foreign payments like Alipay.

3. The payment link will appear on your status page like this: Awaiting Non-Refundable Enrollment Fee processed by Flywire - Submit Payment for 500.00 USD

4. You must follow this link and pay the nonrefundable $500 enrollment fee in order to confirm your acceptance of our offer of admission. (Also, it may take up to 3-4 days for your account to register the payment, so don't worry!)

[NOTE: While there is no convenience fee for e-check payments, there is a 2.7 percent convenience fee for credit card payments.]

5.  If you decline your offer of admission, please notify us on the Your Decision form.

Please look for an email from the International Programs Office (IPO) with subject line: “UMass Amherst Visa Sponsorship”-- it will be sent to the email address with which you applied, and 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 2020-2021 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 I-20 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. Most international students complete this first part online.

2. The second part is done with the International Programs Office (IPO). From August 11-13, 2020 IPO is hosting International Student Orientation (ISO) virtual sessions for new international students and their families. The ISO will cover information on how to study in the US education system in-person and remotely, international student services, and cultural/safety/health information sessions to help with your transition to UMass Amherst.

On this page 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 start of your orientation!

To best meet the needs of our incoming students while still maintaining recommended social distancing practices, we are now planning to replace the in person June and July orientation sessions with a phased orientation model that combines remote academic advising & course registration, an expanded online orientation course, and more programming during Fall Welcome. Registration for orientation will open later this spring and new students who have paid their enrollment deposit for fall 2020 will receive an email when the orientation registration system is ready.

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, 2020. You have from June 3 until July 7 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>Residential Life.
  • Starting June 3, complete your Preference Application on SPIRE on SPIRE under Main Menu>Residential Life 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.

Please see the "Credit by Examination" section of the Transferring Credit page from the UMass Registrar. 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.

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.

To support you in remote learning and your transition to campus, we are excited to offer you a summer program specially designed for incoming first-year international students. 

The Jump In program runs during July and August 2020 and consists of two online courses to introduce you to remote learning:

  • College Success Seminar (2 credits): This course is designed to introduce you to strategies and resources for success as an undergraduate student at UMass Amherst. You will be registered in a small (~25 students) section with a dedicated instructor, and provided opportunities for interaction with fellow students via Zoom and other teleconferencing tools; and,
  • Major/Gen E Course (3 or 4 credits): Depending on your major, you will register for either an introductory class in your major, or a General Education class. In either case, the class will satisfy a requirement for your course of study.

Seats in these summer courses are limited. Please indicate interest by filling out the registration form by May 4, 2020 on the Jump In website.

After May 4, we cannot guarantee registration in first-choice courses.