Arrivals & Orientation

Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Amherst!

Spring 2023 Mandatory International Student Orientation (ISO) will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 and Friday, February 3, 2023 on campus.

Thursday, February 2nd
ISO Resource Fair

Commonwealth Honors College - 157 Commonwealth Avenue
12:00pm - 4:00pm
 
Cell phone companies, banks, on and off-campus partners will gather to help international students learn about services available through UMass and community organizations. This is not a mandatory event but it is recommended.
 

Friday, February 3rd
International Student Orientation

Commonwealth Honors College - 157 Commonwealth Avenue
8:00am - 4:00pm
 
International Student Orientation is mandatory. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
 
Schedule
8:00am Welcome and breakfast
9:00am F-1 Immigration Session
10:00am J-1 Immigration Session and Exchange Student Session
11:00am Office of Professional Development - Graduate School
12:00pm Lunch and peer question and answers
1:00pm Student Legal Services Office and University of Massachusetts Police Department
2:00pm Peer group question and answers

 

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. Refer to the pre-arrival information based on your academic level at UMass (graduate or undergraduate exchange) and the Exchange Student Schedule.

  • August 30th: On-campus move-in on this date between 9AM to 10PM Eastern Standard Time as your Residence Hall’s Service Desk. Don’t forget to complete your move in reservation when it goes live August 15-23, 2022. Please see the Living at UMass Office website for further move-in information. 
    • If you are living off-campus, you are not required to arrive early on August 30th but are welcome to attend the activities.
  • August 31st and September 1st: See the Exchange Student Schedule.

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.

  • August 31st: Graduate students are invited to also attend the Chancellor’s Welcome at 5PM Eastern Standard Time.
  • September 1st: Graduate sessions. See the Graduate Schedule.

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. NSOT is a separate orientation program. Your attendance at both orientation programs (ISO and NSOT) is mandatory. For new international undergraduates with an on-campus housing assignment, early move-in is on August 30th. You will be charged a $60 per day early move in fee on your Bursar (school bill) during the Fall semester. Detailed housing information will be provided to you by the Living at UMass Amherst Office.

  • August 30th: On-campus move-in on this date between 9AM to 10PM Eastern Standard Time as your Residence Hall’s Service Desk. Don’t forget to complete your move in reservation when it goes live August 15-23, 2022. Please see the Living at UMass Office website for further move-in information.  
  • August 31st: Undergraduate sessions. See the Undergraduate Schedule.

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