Arrivals & Orientation

Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Amherst!

IPO is hosting a series of virtual information sessions in June to cover topics such as acclimating to Western Massachusetts, housing for undergrads, housing for grad students, and health and safety. Families are welcome to attend these virtual sessions and ask questions. Please log in to the ISO Moodle to register.

International Student Orientation

August 29th - September 1st!

Tuesday, August 29th

  • ISO Resource Fair (optional)

    • Local banks, cell phone companies, on and off campus partners will be on hand to help new international students access resources and establish US bank accounts and cell phones.
  • Early move in for students who pre-registered with Residential Life

Wednesday, August 30th

  • ISO Undergraduate Session (mandatory)
  • International Student Orientation for undergraduate students.
    • Panels include: F-1 and J-1 visa regulations, health and safety, and campus resources

Thursday, August 31st

  • ISO Graduate Session (mandatory)
  • International Student Orientation for graduate students.
  • First year move in (all undergraduates)

More information will be provided throughout the summer, please regularly check your UMass email account for updates.

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


Below are the schedules for ISO week, including daily schedules for individual orientation days. ISOfor undergraduates (8/30) and graduate students (8/31) are slightly different. Please be sure to refer to the correct schedule below. Remember that ISO is mandatory!