EA Prospective Students Advising


To be eligible for study abroad, UMass Amherst students must: 

  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above (Students must also meet program specific requirements, which may be higher)
    • Students who have a GPA of below 2.5 should consult their Education Abroad Advisor for the override process. All requests must be received by the following deadlines: September 15th for Spring, Winter, or Calendar Year Programs; February 15th for Summer, Fall, or Academic Year Programs.  Late requests will not be considered.
  • Have no outstanding disciplinary or judicial actions (all must be resolved before leaving campus). Please review the International Programs Office and Dean of Students Conduct Clearance Process.
  • Have attended UMass Amherst for at least one full semester
  • Have completed 45 credits to study on a semester or academic year program


To start the application process, attend Education Abroad Essentials to learn:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • How to plan your coursework
  • How financing works
  • How to start researching programs that will meet your goals

This is a mandatory information session for all students in all majors interested in all countries.  You will not be able to meet with your Education Abroad Program Advisor until you have attended. 

Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.

Education Abroad Advising Center

International Programs Building, 70 Butterfield Terrace

Wednesday Evenings

6:00 p.m.
Calipari Room
Learning Commons, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Essentials start at the appointed time and students arriving late will need to come to another session.

Meet with an Education Abroad Peer Advisor

After attending Education Abroad Essentials you will meet with a Peer Advisor to begin the application process.  No appointment needed!

Education Abroad Advising Center

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
International Programs Building, 70 Butterfield Terrace

IPO Advising Desk in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library Learning Commons

Monday –Thursday
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Education Abroad Peer Advisors have been carefully trained to:

  • Assist you in gathering information about your options
  • Offer advice about what to consider when selecting a program
  • Help you navigate the application and post-acceptance processes
  • Share their own experiences going abroad
  • Offer travel tips
  • Refer you to other resources
  • Direct you to program or country-specific resources

After attending Education Abroad Essentials and meeting with a peer advisor to finish your advising questionnaires, you will schedule an appointment with a UMass Education Abroad Advisor, who is well-versed in the many options available to help you choose an appropriate, high-quality program. Education Abroad Advisors take into account each student’s academic, personal, and financial needs and goals.

If you haven't already, please create your UMass Abroad Account.

Non UMass Students 

To be eligible to study abroad with UMass, a non-UMass Amherst student must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in a U.S. college or university
  • Have completed freshman year
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 and above (some programs require 3.0 or better)
  • Have no outstanding disciplinary or judicial actions (all must be resolved before attending the program)
  • Acquire written permission from your home institution by completing the Home Approval Form
  • Get approval from the UMass IPO

Steps to take for Non-UMass Amherst Students to study abroad:

  1. Search for programs that are “Open To" non-UMass Amherst students on the IPO Education Abroad Website.
  2. Speak with your home university about their study abroad policies and your graduation requirements
  3. Create a UMassAbroad account and follow the instructions for the signature verification document and form of identification 
  4. Click on the Advising Application and complete your profile and the signature documents
  5. Speak or meet with your UMass Education Abroad Advisor to start the application process
  6. Meet with your home institution academic advisor to make sure you choose the right classes while abroad
  7. Once you and your UMass Education Abroad Advisor decide on a specific program for you, apply to the program (program requirements vary)
  8. Complete all required UMassAbroad account documents and all program materials
  9. Attend a Pre-Departure Conference or Orientation for your program
  10. Go abroad!