Accepted Students

Accepted Students

Applicants will be notified of acceptance two to three weeks after submitting their application. If accepted, students will be provided with detailed information on the next steps. These include:

Exchange Students - Accepted Students

The UMass Amherst International Exchange Student Program course on Canvas is mandatory reading for accepted students. Upon acceptance, students will be given access.

Course enrollment will begin in April for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester. The course catalog for the upcoming semester is typically available two weeks prior to enrollment.

International students under UMass Amherst sponsorship are issued a DS-2019 to obtain a J-1 visa stamp at a U.S. consulate or embassy.

For more information on the process, see the link below and read the pre-arrival course information.

The UCard serves as the all-in-one campus card, functioning as the official campus ID, on-campus debit card, Dining Services meal card, residential and non-residential door access card, 5-College library card, PVTA bus pass (Five College bus system only), and UMass recreational facilities access card.

Students living on campus will pick up their UCard when checking into their dormitory. Students living off campus should arrange pick-up with the UCard office.

Visit the UCard website and follow the steps to request your UCard.

Undergraduate exchange students will follow the same process as Transfer Students for selecting housing using the Residential Life Preference Application. For detailed information, visit the Housing Options for Transfer Students website. All applicants will receive an Assignment Notification with their On-Campus assignment and roommate information on SPIRE in a few weeks before arrival.

Typically this process will start in early June for fall semester starts, and early November for spring semester starts.

Residential Life Preference Application Instructions:

  1. Submit a UCard photo on the UCard website and update your Emergency Contact information in SPIRE.
  2. Sign the Occupancy License in SPIRE under Housing > Room Selection > Occupancy License
  3. Submit the Housing Profile in SPIRE under Housing > Room Selection > Housing Profile
  4. Submit your Preference Application in SPIRE under Housing > New Students > Preference Application

Exchange students are required to arrive on the first day of International Student Orientation (ISO) and actively participate in the presentations and activities.
Details on ISO are updated a few weeks prior to arrival.

International Student Orientation

Visit the Getting to UMass webpage for information on how to travel to campus from the local airports. IPO does not provide transportation to or from the airport at this time.

Prior to the beginning of the semester, student bills are issued though SPIRE. Once generated, students have the option to modify their meal plan, waive specific fees, and start making payments.

Issues with billing

Often the initial bill does not accurately account for pending tuition waivers and other payments covered by the IPO on behalf of the student. When this happens, we advise students to wait for a second bill to be issued within a few weeks, as corrections are commonly made during this period.

Once students arrive on campus, they must complete the New Student Check In to validate their J-1 visa. Students will need to update their SPIRE record with a Mailing Address and phone number before completing the New Student Check In form. The following PDF documents are needed to complete the check in:

  • DS-2019 (must be signed by the student)
  • U.S. visa page in passport
  • Admissions/Entry stamp in passport
  • I-94 record