Admitted International Students
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.
Begining in early 2021, 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.
Here are our 2021-2022 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.
All I-20 and visa related questions should be directed to IPO here.
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.
2. The second part is done with the International Programs Office (IPO) and called International Student Orientation. This orientation covers immigration requirements, document checks, information on how to study in the U.S. education system, and cultural/safety/health information sessions to help with your transition to the United States.
Beginning in April 2021 you will be able to sign up for BOTH an NSO session and your International Student Orientation on this page. Be sure to follow instructions about mandatory placement exams that need to be taken prior the start of your orientation!
Please check back in the spring of 2021. By that time we expect to provide you with updated steps to apply for on-campus housing for fall 2021.
For now, please feel free to visit the housing website to receive the latest news and updates.
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.
If you haven't already, arrange for UMass Amherst to receive a final official high school transcript with graduation date notation, which is required of all entering first-year students, before NSO. If you have completed AP exams or college coursework, request that an official score report or transcript be sent as well. Student-printed transcripts are not considered official.
Transcripts should be emailed by a school official to the Admissions Office (email to: firstname.lastname@example.org). If 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.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, or veteran status in any aspect of the admission or treatment of students or in employment.