Mount Ida FAQ


Semester@ Mt Ida Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due

Priority application review begins Oct 1 2020 for Spring 2021. Applications accepted through the end of Fall Semester 2020.

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What’s an internship?

An internship is an on-the-job learning experience. The Semester @ Mount Ida Internship Program connects students with internship providers in the Boston area so that students can begin to learn about the workplace environment in their fields. See a sample of internships at Semester @ Mt. Ida.Learn about the UMass internship process.

What is this?

It is similar to a semester abroad. However, in this case, your semester is spent gaining experience for your career.
You will live for the spring semester at the beautiful Mount Ida Campus in Newton, Mass. You will intern at an organization for approximately 17.5 hours each week during the semester. You will take one class, with the rest of your cohort, on Fridays, and you many students will also take two classes online.

How much will it cost?

Housing at the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst will cost the same as Commonwealth Honors College Housing. Tuition remains the same as on-campus classes at the Amherst Campus.

Where will I live? Can I live there during break?

The Mount Ida Campus has a beautiful dorm called “New Hall.” You can see it here. And, yes, the housing is flexible enough to accommodate you during breaks if you need it.

What’s the food like?

UMass’ award-winning dining services will be providing meals on the Mount Ida Campus, using the same recipes they use on the Amherst Campus.

How will I get around?

The Mount Ida Campus at UMass Amherst is committed to enabling students to get around the Newton area, including to the “T,” Boston’s subway system. Currently students living on the Mount Ida Campus are granted three Uber trips per day to approved locations. (In the near future, this system will be replaced by a similar on-demand shuttle service.)

Does this change my degree?

Your degree will still be through UMass Amherst. The only difference is that the Semester @ Mount Ida Internship Program is built to help you move significantly toward adding an additional certificate (similar to what other schools call a “Minor”) in Film Studies or Arts Management. Your degree and your major remain the same.

Can I maintain my work-study arrangement?

Yes. Probably. We are working hard to make sure you will be able to. Details to come.

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