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On May 4th, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship announced its awardees for the March 2022 application deadline. We are very proud to announce that 11 UMass Amherst students were awarded scholarships. They join a community of 34,000 students, scholars, and alumni from around the country.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is funded by the US Department of State...

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Hannah Sternburg ‘22 (Political Science) spent Fall 2021 studying at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Above is a photo of Hannah riding her bike into the city from her apartment. “This was in November when the rain finally broke and we got some sunshine. You can see I've got my bags attached to the back of my bike, as my bike was my main form of transportation. I put...

The Education Abroad Advising Center is closed during Spring Break and EA Advisors are available by appointment.  The Advising Center will reopen at 10am on Monday, March 21.

Victoria Crockett '23 (English) spent the Fall 2021 semester abroad in London with Arcadia University. She had this to say:

“I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in London in the Fall 2021 semester. My time abroad changed my undergraduate career in ways I never expected it to. One thing I was worried about was making friends because I was the only student...

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Elizabeth Poirier is currently abroad on CIS Abroad's Veterinary Science Semester in Thailand. Here's what she has to say about the experience:

Beautiful coral reefs, vast jungle, bustling cities, and quaint mountain villages - Thailand truly has it all! For the past seven weeks, I have been studying veterinary science abroad with a small group of students from around the...

Last updated April 12, 2022

The International Programs Office wishes to extend its support to all students and scholars who find themselves affected by the current conflict as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  We recognize how challenging it can be to focus on academic life when you are worried about family, friends, and geopolitical instability in your home country.  In...

Meet Abby Curto '23 (Public Health), our newest Peer Advisor.

​​Hi! My name is Abby Curto. I am a junior and in Fall 2021 I studied abroad in Verona, Italy. I am a public health major with a minor in education. Even though I went abroad in the middle of a pandemic, studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made! While I was abroad, I was able to travel all over Italy and...

Ready to change the world? Apply for the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, a full scholarship to study abroad with a cohort of student leaders from around the country.

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship was founded to empower students of color with a transformative experience abroad, much like Frederick Douglass was inspired by his travels. All program fees are covered, as...

Tanishq Agrawal ‘22 (Managerial Economics)

I have always been curious to learn about things outside my surroundings. Growing up in India, I was fascinated by the concept that people from different parts of the world lead a different life. So when, for the first time, my parents took me abroad to...

Okay, so Antje is actually abroad at UMass; her home university is Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam (VU), where she studies Criminology, and will graduate in 2022. UMass has exchange relationships with 40 universities abroad, which means we have 60-100 visiting exchange students on campus each semester, from the very same universities that UMass students attend. So next time you have the...

Meet Isabelle Graves '23, a first-semester junior and Communications major at UMass. Isabelle is studying at the University of Nebrija in Madrid, Spain through API for the full academic year. Isabelle sent us a quick note to let us know how she’s doing and how glad she is to be staying for two semesters. 

“The first half of my fall semester has been so amazing. I...

While holding onto nothing but hope, I was fortunate enough to go to Japan during the 2020-2021 academic year — the only UMass student to do so. I studied abroad at International Christian University in Mitaka, Tokyo and fell in love with Japan in a way that I hadn’t before. Ever since I’ve returned to the U.S., all I think about is how to get back to my home away from home.

To me,...

In Summer 2021, I was selected to participate in the DAAD RISE...

Finding Fun in Florence

In Spring 2021, I was lucky enough to have the time of my life in Florence, and now as a Peer Advisor at IPO, I get to share photos and stories about my fabulous time abroad on a daily basis. My time in Florence was much different than what yours is likely to be, as COVID-19 restrictions were quite strict in Spring 2021. Being unable to leave...

The University of Massachusetts Amherst was among the higher ed institutions recognized today by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for having produced the most Gilman Scholarship recipients over the past 20 years in the Large Institution category. A total of 285 students from UMass Amherst received Gilman awards since 2001.

“The announcement of...

Meet Fengyue (Lisa) Zhao ‘22, a Math and Linguistics double major, who studied at the University of Konstanz in Germany in the spring of 2021. Fengyue comes to UMass as an international student from Guangzhou, China, and wanted a different perspective on her academic interests. “Academically, United States and Europe are two ideal place to study linguistics, especially computational...

The Institute of International Education (IIE) announced its annual Senior International Officer (SIO) of the Year Award today, presenting the 2021 honor to Dr. Kalpen Trivedi, Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The Senior International Officer Award honors an individual currently serving as their...

Do you need a form notarized for your visa application? Stop by IPO for notary drop in hours at the following times:

Mondays: 10am - 3:30pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am - 12:30pm

Fridays: 12pm - 3:30pm

We will be in the Advising Center ready to stamp and sign your forms. No appointment necessary and this service comes at no cost to you.

70 Butterfield Terrace...

Engineering students can go abroad? Yes, they can, with just a little planning! Meet Ido Diamant, who spent (most of) his sophomore spring semester in Edinburgh, studying at Heriot-Watt University. Ido loves to travel and explore new places, and so knew that education abroad would be part of his UMass degree. Read more to discover how Ido’s academic experience at Heriot-Watt differed from...

Francesca Bruni ‘22 (Civil and Environmental Engineering) studied at SKEMA Business School with CEA, near the town of Antibes on the French Riviera in Spring 2020, the second semester of her sophomore year. Thanks to the English language courses in engineering at SKEMA, Francesa was able to complete all her required curriculum for the semester and stay on track for graduation. 

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Meet Haley Potter, who jumped at the opportunity to study abroad in the spring of 2021, after being sent home from Prague in Spring 2020, an experience she described as heartbreaking. Haley regrouped in the fall of 2020, set her sights on Thailand, and chose ...

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) for inter-institutional cooperation with the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) India on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy attended a virtual event formalizing the agreement, along with Judy Chang, Massachusetts Energy Undersecretary; Dinesh Jagdale, Joint Secretary from the...

Maria Fabiano studied abroad in Summer 2021 on the CIS Summer on the Italian Coast program, in Sorrento, Italy. Maria was happy to share her thoughts about her motivation to study abroad during a global pandemic.

“I decided to pursue my study abroad plans despite the pandemic because of how highly my peers had spoken of their experiences. I am entering my Junior year...

Nicholas Ivanovskis ’21 (Economics) spent Spring 2021 studying at Mannheim University in Germany. When asked about his experience spending a whole semester abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicholas had the following to say:

 

I studied abroad during the pandemic. Here is what I learned. 

My experience studying abroad was...

Elizabeth Paez ‘21, Political Science, spent the Spring 2021 semester studying at Korea University. It was actually her third semester abroad, and when asked about why she studied abroad during the pandemic, Liz had lots to say. “I chose to pursue study abroad plans despite the pandemic, because my biggest hope coming into college was being able to live abroad and expose myself to...

The International Programs Office is proud to support the 98 UMass Amherst students who will soon embark on their Fall 2021 Education Abroad experiences in a range of countries around the world. This fall represents the fourth consecutive semester of UMass Amherst operating Education Abroad programs during the pandemic.

IPO is committed to the continued safe...

While I was visiting a touristic island off the coast of South Korea, I had an experience I’ll never forget. I’d gone abroad with the idea that I would be prepared for anything that came my way since I’d done my fair amount of research on the country. But this experience made me realize that there is no amount of preparation or formula that could help me preclude people’s actions. I...

UMass Amherst Education Abroad has extended its deadlines for Fall and Academic Year 2021 - 2022 programs to May 1, 2021. Please note that your program provider or institution deadline may be earlier than this. If you are unsure of your provider or institution deadline, please contact them or your advisor for more information.

Brennan Dwyer in Ireland

So, there I was, sitting in a restaurant in Italy, preparing for the best meal in my life. Since I have severe nut allergies, I am always cautious about what food I order and eat. Being abroad was a little nerve-wracking for me because each country has different laws and regulations regarding food allergies, and of course language barriers. I had prepared notecards with all of my...

The International Programs Office (IPO) is pleased to announce the extension of our application deadline for Fall 2021 and Academic Year 2021-22 programs. Students now have until April 15 to begin their UMass Abroad application. While...

Andrew Gundal in Thailand

Andrew Gundal (Managerial Economics ‘21) is currently studying abroad at Mahidol University in Thailand this semester through CIS. In his first month abroad, he has relished numerous opportunities to explore the country and culture and is happy to report that his university returned to in-person classes on February 15.

Getting back to in-person classes has been great...

Emily Stein (Kinesiology ‘18): If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

Cape Town, South Africa Spring 2017

 

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Nichole Morin ’21 in Italy

By Nicole Morin ’21

Florence, Italy was everything I dreamed it would be. Waking up to the hustle and bustle of the city was an indescribable experience, an incomprehensible feeling. Navigating the windy cobblestone streets to find my classrooms was a maze I looked forward to solving each day. My classes were small and intimate, filled with students from around the world—each of us...

NAFSA: Association of International Educators recently highlighted the International Programs Office’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic with a profile in their International Educator magazine.

“As was the case at many colleges and universities, intentional efforts...

Catherine Lerose ’21 was the first person in her family to travel overseas when she studied in Scotland in 2019. That didn't stop her from having what she calls a "transformative experience," even including her parents in her journey abroad! Watch Catherine's story below:

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Internships are a crucial part of any undergraduate program, providing real-life skills that help students stand out in a crowded job market. According to a 2018 CNBC article, more than 90 percent of former interns have a college-graduate job three months after getting their degree. The...

Maggie Zhang ’21 and Sarah Yi ’22

Maggie Zhang ’21 and Sarah Yi ’22 are this year’s recipients of the StudentUniverse and Sara’s Wish Foundation Travel Award.

Sara's Wish Foundation was established in 1998 to honor the memory of Sara Christie Schewe, with the mission to sustain Sara’s loving spirit by promoting travel safety standards and practices around the globe and by providing financial support to young women...

The International Programs Office will be closed from December 25, 2020 to January 4, 2021. After January 4, IPO staff return to work and can be reached through email only! Staff emails are located here.

For international students and scholars with urgent I-20 or DS-2019 travel signature issues,...

Several staff members in UMass Amherst’s International Programs Office were recently appointed to leadership positions with NAFSA: Association of International Educators. NAFSA is the world's largest professional association dedicated to international education. With over 10,000 members, NAFSA strives to increase awareness of and support for the contributions of international education and...

As part of International Education Week 2020, IPO Peer Advisor Afia Abrafi ‘21 moderated this alumni panel featuring Laura Archambault ‘15 (Psychology), Patricia Camerota ‘16 (Communication), Eydis Lima ‘12 (Chemical Engineering), and Daniel Riecker ‘17 (Geography, French & Francophone Studies, Commonwealth Honors College). These alumni shared how...

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IPO's own Kalpen Trivedi (associate provost for international programs) and Chrystal George Mwangi (IPO Chancellor's Leadership Fellow) join the Office of Equity and Inclusion Podcast. They discuss International Education Week, the importance of this celebration within the UMass community,  the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus, the challenges faced by our...

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Many students return from a study abroad experience with an expanded worldview—Laura Barkowski ’19 found a career. Barkowski studied abroad in Botswana during her sophomore year, leaving the United States a biology major and returning an anthropology major. 

Immersing herself in a new culture— including a vastly different healthcare system—inspired her to switch her major. “Studying...

The International Programs Office will host a Pop-Up Virtual Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, November 18 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. An extension of our November 4 virtual fair, this event will utilize a new online platform where students explore virtual booths with over 60 international...

As part of our Virtual Education Abroad Fair November 4, we hosted "Centering Social Justice in Education Abroad," a dialogue between Dr. LaNitra Berger, author of Social Justice and International Education: Research, Practice, & Perspectives, and IPO Chancellor's Leadership Fellow Dr. Chrystal George Mwangi. The pair discussed social justice in the education abroad experiences,...

Carol Lebold in Jordan

NAFSA: Association of International Educators recently honored former Interim Director of Education Abroad Carol Lebold with the George Commenator Award. This lifetime achievement award for NAFSA’s Region XI (New England) recognizes members “whose professional life was dedicated to the field of international education, and who provided extensive service to the regional and national NAFSA...

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The International Programs Office (IPO) is excited to announce our celebration of International Education Week (IEW) November 16-20, 2020. This year’s programming is built around the theme of “Coming Together,” and features sessions on education abroad, professional and career development for international students, self-care in times of Covid-19, and more. 

Associate Provost for...

In light of today’s announcement about spring 2021 reopening, the International Programs Office (IPO) wants to make sure students interested in studying abroad know that a limited number of options remain open for new applications. If you are interested in a spring semester abroad, there are two important steps:

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Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi

Kalpen Trivedi, associate provost and director of the International Programs Office (IPO), has been selected to serve in the chair stream for the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC) at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The term for this position is January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.

“I am honored to have been selected by the members of NAFSA....

The International Programs Office will host a Virtual Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, November 4 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Replacing the traditional in-person event, the fair will utilize a new online platform where students explore virtual booths with over 60 international partners. The event is intended for students who are interested in studying abroad in summer 2021 and beyond....

Yes, you can still plan to study abroad for spring ‘21! The International Programs Office (IPO) is cautiously optimistic about study abroad in the spring semester of this academic year. While the pandemic will continue to affect our lives for the foreseeable future, we can’t predict what exactly those effects will be, neither here nor abroad. 

Since study...

Associate Professor in Higher Education Chrystal George Mwangi is joining the International Programs Office (IPO) as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow. George Mwangi will work with Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi for the 2020-21 academic year to help IPO develop and coordinate a global engagement strategy. 

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to...

The International Programs Office (IPO) will be closed from June 8 to June 15, 2020. Staff will not be checking email or returning calls during this time.

Staff across the University will be on furlough at different times between June 1 – June 19, 2020.  Messages received the week of June 8 will not be read or responded to until the office re-opens on June 15.

The online Education Abroad Advising Center is closed during the summer, but Education Abroad Advisors are here for you.  Please be sure to watch Online Essentials, a mandatory information session for all students in all majors interested in all countries, and when you’re ready to make a Zoom appointment,...

Two alums of education abroad at UMass Amherst have been named 21st Century Leaders by the university for exemplary achievement, initiative, and leadership.

Christopher Clark of Westfield, a Commonwealth Honors College student receiving a degree in environmental science...

The International Programs Office (IPO) is extending the education abroad application deadline for fall and academic-year programs to July 1, 2020. IPO hopes that by extending the deadline, students and their families have additional time to feel confident in their decisions as to whether or not to study abroad.

Correspondingly,  the deadline to commit to fall study...

The deadlines for both the Education Abroad scholarship and the Education Abroad Merit scholarship have been extended to May 29. The Merit scholarship is a highly competitive program awarding $1,000 per application cycle (fall, spring, academic year, calendar year). The minimum GPA to qualify is 3.6. The Education Abroad scholarship is open to all UMass students with high financial need, with...

How can higher education foster equity while serving a variety of constituents, and what does it look like?  These questions—among many others—will be on the table when UMass Amherst hosts the virtual Higher Education Equity Summit on April 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. Students, faculty, staff are encouraged to ...

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In keeping with the UMass Amherst campus policy of remote work, the International Programs Office (IPO) is currently closed for in-person business. However, Education Abroad advising services are now avilable virtually. 

Education Abroad Essentials, a mandatory information session for all students in all majors interested in all countries, is now...

In keeping with the UMass Amherst campus policy of remote work, the IPO building is currently closed for in-person business. All advising and student-support activities continue during this time and IPO staff members are available via phone or email. Please contact the appropriate staff member for your query by visiting our staff directory. 

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UMass AMherst student Makhai Dickerson-Pells ’21

Makhai Dickerson-Pells ’21 is a double major in history and anthropology and a peer advisor in the Education Abroad office. Dickerson-Pells studied abroad in the Dominican Republic during his freshman year as part of IPO’s Emerging Scholars program, which sends first-generation students from the Commonwealth Honors College abroad. 

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With multiple education abroad scholarship deadlines looming this spring, the Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) is here to help. ONSA is hosting a series of scholarship workshops and information sessions throughout March and April. These sessions promise to provide a solid launching pad...

UMass Amherst student Jessica Rodriguez ’19

Jessica Rodriguez ’19 is a recently graduated peer advisor in the International Programs Office. She studied abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland for the 2016-17 academic year. Growing up in Massachusetts and Florida, Rodriguez became a foster child during her teenage years; this provided a unique perspective on studying abroad. 
 
I spent the first 13 years of...

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The 2020 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. On the national level, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate, and the office of president of the United States will be contested. 

Are you a US Citizen who is eligible...

The International Programs Office (IPO) is excited to share a scholarship opportunity for students who already received a Federal Pell Grant and applied for Frederick Douglas Global Fellowship (FDGF).  CIEE, a leader in international education...

Students from the UMass Public Health in Cuba program

How do you earn a semester’s worth of credits for less than the cost of in-state tuition? If you’re a member of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences program, you might do it by going to Havana, Cuba.

UMass Public Health in Cuba, a new program launched in February 2019, offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the island nation’s unique health...

Holiday hours at the International Programs Office (IPO) begin the week of December 23:

  • Monday, December 23: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 24: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 25: Closed
  • Thursday, December 26: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 27: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Monday,...
UMass Amherst Student Mahdiar Edraki on campus.

Mahdiar Edraki ’19 may never forget his 2017 winter break. At home in Dubai, he was preparing to return to UMass Amherst to continue his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering. He had just finished saying tearful goodbyes to his friends when he received word that due to a recently enacted travel ban, he wouldn’t be able to return to campus. 

President Trump had recently signed...

The International Programs Office (IPO) will host its Pre-Departure Orientation on Thursday, December 5 from 7:00-9:15 p.m. in the Campus Center.

The orientation—mandatory for all students planning to study abroad in Winter 2019/20, Spring 2020, and Calendar Year 2020—provides a combination of practical tips and important information to help students prepare for...

The International Programs Office (IPO) recently named Mark Eckman director of education abroad.

Eckman comes to IPO from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where he most recently served as the senior international officer and director of study abroad at the Center for International Education. He also served as partnerships coordinator there in 2007. Previously, Eckman served...

Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi

Kalpen Trivedi, associate provost and director of the International Programs Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship by the Association of International Education Administration (AIEA).

The fellows program provides mentorship for new senior international officers (SIOs), necessarily limited in number and of high...

Eight students will study abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe in fall 2019 with the support of Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships, as well as three studying in Asia with Freeman-Asia scholarships. 

The Gilman Scholarships for fall 2019 are:

  • Ifeoluwa Asere ’21, a public health sciences major from Boston for study in Ghana

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UMass Amherst Student Daniella Iannuazzi

Education Abroad alum Daniella Iannuzzi ’19 will be this year’s Student Speaker at Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 10. Iannuzzi, a Finance major and Education minor, went abroad to Italy during her junior year, visiting ten countries across Europe.

Iannuzzi said her experience abroad directly inspired her speech. “My whole speech is about appreciating the little moments in...

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The International Programs Office (IPO) will be raising money for scholarships during this year’s #UMassGives campaign April 29- 30, 2019. IPO facilitates a global education network for UMass Amherst, sending domestic students abroad and bringing international students’ and scholars’ talents and expertise to campus. A donation to our scholarship fund helps deserving students and...

The International Programs Office (IPO) will host its Pre-Departure Orientation on Thursday, April 18 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.

The orientation—mandatory for all students planning to study abroad in calendar year 2019—provides a combination of practical tips and important information to help students prepare for travel. The event features stories from...

Umass Amherst Alum Lily Valentin

Many students pursue education abroad to pad their resume and get a better job, and Lily Valentin ’12 wants to help. Valentin works for Adzuna,...

With multiple Spring scholarship deadlines looming, The Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) is here to help. ONSA is hosting a series of scholarship workshops and information sessions through March and April.  These sessions promise to provide a solid launching pad for current juniors interested in applying for scholarships with fall 2019 semester deadlines.

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For the fourth time in five years, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named a “Top Producing Institution” of Fulbright student awards among research colleges and universities. 

The 2018-19 rankings from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs appear in the...

Applications for Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Academic Year 2019-2020 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships are now open. The Gilman Scholarship, a U.S. Department of State program, offers grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need. Additionally, students studying a critical need language may be eligible to receive the Critical Need Language Award, a...

UMass Amherst Student James Fritz ’19 (Second From Left in Back) And Other Winners of the CAPA Outstanding Achievement Award.

James Fritz ’19 was recently recognized with the CAPA Global Education Network’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Fritz, a Political Science major, studied in England in Fall 2018.

Fritz’s coursework focused on politics and the relationship between England and the European Union, including an internship with the Local Government Association. “I was able to work within the Houses...

UMass Amherst Students Glorimar Estevez  and Cassandra Georges

Glorimar Estevez ’20 and Cassandra Georges ’19 are furthering their studies in psychology, linguistics, and public health through travel grants, while engaging in communities abroad. The pair are among 26 UMass Amherst students to earn Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships this year.

The Gilman Scholarship grant program enables students of limited financial means to study or...

IPO will operate under the following adjusted hours for the upcoming winter break:

Mon, Dec 24       8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tues, Dec 25       CLOSED
Weds, Dec 26       8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Thurs, Dec 27     8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fri, Dec 28           CLOSED
Mon, Dec 31       CLOSED
Tues, Jan 1...

Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi

Kalpen Trivedi, associate provost for international programs, has been appointed to serve as a member of the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Trivedi’s two-year term will focus on NAFSA’s conference and symposium planning team.

He will assume the post in January and at the organization’s leadership meeting in...

As part of International Education Week, the university will host events Nov. 5-9 that celebrate international exchange, the richness of cultures from around the world, education and community.

Highlights include the inaugural “Stand United, Fight Hate” lecture to be delivered by author and scholar of racism Ibram X. Kendi at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. His talk...

The International Programs Office will host its Pre-Departure Orientation on Thursday, November 29 from 7:00-9:15 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.

The orientation—mandatory for all students planning to study abroad in calendar year 2019—provides a combination of practical tips and important information to help students prepare for travel. The event features stories from education...

A photo from Italy

Submissions are now being accepted for the International Programs Office (IPO)’s annual Education Abroad Photo Contest. We are interested in photos telling the visual story of your time abroad, fully illustrating the immersive and dynamic experience of studying in a foreign country.

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The International Programs Office (IPO) is co-sponsoring a “passport caravan” event for first time passport applicants October 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Design Building Atrium.  Students in need of a new passport (not a renewal) who are U.S. citizens, current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors enrolled at UMass Amherst are eligible for a free passport. 

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Jonathan DeMarco ’20 is a Civil Engineering Major at UMass Amherst who studied abroad in France last semester. Before he left, he didn’t think it was possible to study abroad and graduate on time in his major.

DeMarco recently wrote about his experience in a blog...

Education Abroad Essentials, a mandatory information session for all students interested in studying abroad, begins Tuesday, September 4.

Essentials runs in the International Programs Office (70 Butterfield Terrace) Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m., and in the Calipari Room in the W.E.B. DuBois Library Wednesdays at 6 p.m. 

Note: On...

Applications for Spring and Summer 2019 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships are now open. The Gilman Scholarship, a U.S. Department of State program, offers grants of up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students of high financial need. Additionally, students studying a critical need language may be eligible to receive the Critical Need Language Award, a supplemental grant of up to $3,...

With all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 of 100 seats in the Senate on the ballot in November, are you registered to vote while studying abroad? Approximately 300,000 U.S. students studying abroad are eligible to vote by absentee ballot, able to affect national, state and local races. 

U.S. Vote Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan charitable organization...

Umass Student Brennan Dwyer '18

Mechanical engineering major Brennan Dwyer ’18 knew he wanted to study abroad but wasn’t sure that was possible given the sequential courses required for engineering students to graduate in four years. Recognizing that education abroad is challenging for some majors, the International Programs Office (IPO) found new partners to give engineering and nursing majors opportunities for...

Umass Amherst Alum Evialina Yakimovich ’17

For Evialina Yakimovich ’17, a year of study abroad in Germany led to a German summer internship and scholarship for graduate school. The management and sustainable development major is attending the University of Mannheim in Baden–Württemberg on a full scholarship awarded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

She began her adventures in Germany as a junior...

Jason Moralee, Department of History, has been appointed as the incoming Director of the UMass Oxford Summer Seminar. He will assume this position in Fall of 2018, succeeding the outgoing director, Jenny Adams, Department of English.

In assuming the directorship, Morlaee will take charge of a program started over 50 years ago by former English Professor Ernest Hofer. One of the oldest...

Cooper Heilmann '19 recently returned from a “life-changing” 5 months abroad in Denmark with a fresh perspective on combating climate change in the U.S.

“Danish climate awareness extends all the way to the local and individual level. Upon arriving in Copenhagen, I instantly noticed a cleanliness in the...

Nancy Condon, Community Ambassador in the International Programs Office

After 23 years at UMass as Advisor to International Scholars in the International Programs Office (IPO), Nancy Condon will retire this month. In addition to advising international scholars, faculty and staff on the nuances of US immigration regulations, Nancy has also been instrumental in coordinating the “Round the World Women” program in conjunction with the Amherst Town Committee for...

Umass Student Kailee Kennedy ’18

Kailee Kennedy ’18 realized the importance of diversifying her study abroad experience and chose three unique opportunities for expanding her practical knowledge of public health
and intercultural communications. After securing three scholarships to fund the bulk of her trips, the Commonwealth Honors College student with a double major in public health and Spanish was able to fulfill her...

A group photo of 15 Emerging Scholars in Commonwealth Honors College

In a pilot program, 15 Emerging Scholars in Commonwealth Honors College spent two weeks during the summer in the Dominican Republic learning the country’s history and culture—and even finding the time to build a vegetable garden at an elementary school. The study-abroad
experience for the first-generation college students is part of an effort by the campus to increase participation in...

Diversity Abroad is excited to announce they have partnered with StudentUniverse for the #PictureMeAbroad Contest to offer a $500 scholarship and round-trip international airfare for students studying abroad in the Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.

The #PictureMeAbroad contest seeks to showcase the changing face of study abroad through the experiences of the...

Sharon Chen, Communication '18, spent her Spring 2017 semester at Kansai Gaidi in Japan. She was one of fourteen UMass students awarded the Gilman International Scholarship- Official Page for their...

Five years ago, Eliza Shirazi ’13 was a communication and public health major at UMass Amherst, studying abroad in South Africa, and teaching a kickboxing-inspired group fitness class. Now, Shirazi, founder of Kick It By Eliza, has 60 trained instructors and plans to bring the unique fitness program to international venues. “I wouldn’t have the courage to do all this without the experience of...

As Jakob Lengacher ’15 tells it, he enrolled at UMass Amherst to pursue a degree in physics and took a Chinese language class for fun. When he failed his first physics exam but aced assignments in Chinese, Lengacher realized he was in the wrong major. He is now a Fulbright scholar at Heilonjiang University in Harbin, China, where he spent his junior year abroad. “It was phenomenal, in a word....