ISS Orientation

Arrivals & Orientation

Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Amherst!

Fall 2022 Mandatory International Student Orientation (ISO) is August 30 through September 1, 2022.

Check your UMass email for the messages from International Programs Office (IPO).


All Exchange Students

Orientation information will be provided following your acceptance into your UMass Amherst Exchange Program.


Graduate Degree Students (Master’s and Doctorate)

Orientation information will be provided following your I-20 or DS-2019 issuance. Don’t forget about the Graduate Student Orientation. More information will be available on the Graduate School website. Graduate Student Orientation is a separate orientation program. Your attendance at both orientation programs (ISO and Graduate Student Orientation) is mandatory. ISO orientation for international graduate students will begin at 5:30pm on Wednesday August 31 and will run through the afternoon of Thursday, September 1.


Undergraduate Degree Students (Freshman and Academic Transfer-in)

Orientation information will be provided following your I-20 or DS-2019 issuance. Don't forget about the New Student Orientation & Transitions (NSOT) program. NSO is a separate orientation program. Your attendance at both orientation programs (ISO and NSOT) is mandatory. For new international undergraduates with an on-campus hosing assignment, early move-in will begin on Tuesday, August 30. Detailed housing information will be provided to you from Residence Life.


Email us if you have questions about the International Student Orientation.