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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 a previous IPO Photo Contest

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....