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Dear New International Students,            

As you have likely heard, on Thursday August 6 UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has revised our reopening guidance for new first-year students who were otherwise planning to come to campus in-person.                

The International Programs...

Monday, July 27, 2020

Dear UMass International Student Community,    

On July 24, 2020, the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) provided additional guidance for F-1 students regarding fall semester study. We are grateful for your patience during these past few weeks as this SEVP guidance and related...

Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi

Dear UMass International Students,

I am very pleased to be writing to you with some good news.

As Chancellor Subbaswamy noted in his message to the campus community on Tuesday, the Trump Administration has announced that it would revoke last week’s...

Director of International Student and Scholar Services Kenneth Reade

Director of international student and scholar services Kenneth Reade was recently appointed to serve on the Government Regulatory Affairs Committee (GRAC) of the New England region (Region XI) of NAFSA: Association of...

Dear UMass International Community,

I apologize for sending yet another urgent message to you regarding federal actions. It seems as though nearly once a week I have a need to message you to, hopefully, provide guidance and updates to immigration policy that understandably causes confusion, apprehension and anxiety to so many of you.

Today (July 6) the Student & Exchange...

Associate Professor in Higher Education Chrystal George Mwangi is joining the International Programs Office (IPO) as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow. George Mwangi will work with Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi for the 2020-21 academic year to help IPO develop and coordinate a global engagement strategy. 

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to...

The International Programs Office (IPO) will be closed from June 8 to June 15, 2020. Staff will not be checking email or returning calls during this time.

Staff across the University will be on furlough at different times between June 1 and June 19, 2020.  Critical IPO operations will continue during the furlough period, but you may experience delays or reduced levels of service as a...

UMass Amherst student Daniela Molina Palacios

International student Daniela Molina Palacios has been named a 21st Century Leader by the university for exemplary achievement, initiative, and leadership.

Palacios, a Commonwealth Honors College student and member of Phi Beta Kappa, is graduating with a degree in...

The International Programs Office recently hosted its first Virtual International Student graduation celebration. Held over Zoom, the event featured speeches by Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi, Director for International Student & Scholar Services Kenneth Reade, and Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life Brandi Hephner LaBanc.

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Barbara Burn Scholarship winner Phung Pham

Phung Pham ’20 is this year’s Barbara Burn Memorial Scholarship recipient.

The $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of International Programs Office founder Dr. Barbara Burn, who devoted her career to making international education accessible for any student. Any currently enrolled international sophomore, junior, or senior UMass Amherst undergraduate is eligible.

Pham,...

How can higher education foster equity while serving a variety of constituents, and what does it look like?  These questions—among many others—will be on the table when UMass Amherst hosts the virtual Higher Education Equity Summit on April 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. Students, faculty, staff are encouraged to ...

The International Programs Office Building

In keeping with the UMass Amherst campus policy of remote work, the IPO building is currently closed for in-person business. All advising and student-support activities continue during this time and IPO staff members are available via phone or email. Please contact your assigned ISS advisor by email or phone for further inquiries. 

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NHL Player and former UMass Amherst student Cale Makar ’21

In February 2019, IPO sat down with UMass hockey defenseman Cale Makar ’21, in the Mullins Center office of Coach Greg Carvel ’98MS, to talk hockey, team chemistry, what it’s like to be an international athlete (Makar hails from Calgary, Alberta), and his dream of playing in the NHL. What follows is a look into the culture of UMass Amherst hockey’s most successful season ever, and one...

Applications for this year’s Barbara B. Burn Memorial Scholarship are now open. The $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of the International Programs Office’s founder, Dr. Barbara Burn, who devoted her career to making international education accessible for any student. 

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a...

Can I drive in the United States? How do I get my security deposit back? Does this email seem fishy? How can I remain in the United States after my studies are completed? These questions—and many more— are on the table for international students when the International Programs Office (IPO) and Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) launch the “Ask an Attorney” drop-in sessions this semester. ...

As we get closer to the end of the 2019 fall semester, the International Programs Office (IPO) would like to remind international students of the following critical points regarding immigration status:

1)     Travel Signature on your I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) forms

Your travel signatures are valid for one year from the last signature date. If you,...

Holiday hours at the International Programs Office (IPO) begin December 20:

  • Friday, December 20: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 23: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 24: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 25: Closed
  • Thursday, December 26: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 27: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Monday,...
UMass Amherst Student Mahdiar Edraki on campus.

Mahdiar Edraki ’19 may never forget his 2017 winter break. At home in Dubai, he was preparing to return to UMass Amherst to continue his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering. He had just finished saying tearful goodbyes to his friends when he received word that due to a recently enacted travel ban, he wouldn’t be able to return to campus. 

President Trump had recently signed...

UMass Amherst Visiting Scholar Muhammad Ali Nawaz

Visiting scholar Muhammad Ali Nawaz, PhD, came to UMass Amherst hoping to solve an ecological riddle: how to balance the needs of endangered species with those of a burgeoning human populace. A Pakistani citizen, Nawaz is a world leader in snow leopard research and preservation. He works primarily in the Himalayas, where overpopulation has forced local farmers into the leopards’ territory,...

Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi

Kalpen Trivedi, associate provost and director of the International Programs Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship by the Association of International Education Administration (AIEA).

The fellows program provides mentorship for new senior international officers (SIOs), necessarily limited in number and of high...

The Boston Globe recently highlighted the inspiring journey of international student Nellipher Lewis Mchenga PhD ’19 in their piece on last week’s commencement ceremonies:

When she was 4 years old, Lewis Mchenga was hospitalized for measles and severe malnutrition. And two of her 10 siblings died of malaria in early childhood.

Those experiences inspired her...

UMass Amherst student Lucas La Guardia prepares for a show

Lucas La Guardia ’19  is the 2019 Barbara B. Burn Memorial Scholarship recipient. 

The $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of International Programs Office founder Dr. Barbara Burn, who devoted her career to making international education accessible for any student. It is available to any currently enrolled international sophomore, junior, or senior UMass Amherst undergraduate...

UMassGives and International Programs Office Logo

The International Programs Office (IPO) will be raising money for scholarships during this year’s #UMassGives campaign April 29- 30, 2019. IPO facilitates a global education network for UMass Amherst, sending domestic students abroad and bringing international students’ and scholars’ talents and expertise to campus. A donation to our scholarship fund helps deserving students and...

Badges from the 2019 International Student Graduation

The UMass Amherst community celebrated more than 200 graduating international students at the 6th Annual International Graduation Reception on April 22.

The event, MC’d by Achintya Kumar ’21, featured speeches by Director of International Students and Scholar Services Kenneth Reade and student speaker Adnan Mohammed ’19, with performances by Rongbing Shen ’21, the UMass Irish Dance...

As we get closer to the end of the 2019 spring semester, the International Programs Office (IPO) would like to remind international students of the following critical points regarding immigration status:

1)     Travel Signature on your I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) forms

Your travel signatures are valid for one year from the last signature date. If you...

International Student Orientation Orientation Leaders in 2018

The International Programs Office (IPO) is now accepting applications for 2019 International Student Orientation (ISO) leaders. Orientation takes place from August 27-30, 2019.

Undergraduate, graduate, domestic, and international students interested in earning strong work experience and engaging with international community are encouraged to apply.

Interested parties should...

For the fourth time in five years, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been named a “Top Producing Institution” of Fulbright student awards among research colleges and universities. 

The 2018-19 rankings from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs appear in the...

Isenberg School of Management’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is offering UMass Amherst international students free tax preparation this year. Services are available from February 5 to April 10, 2019 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4-6:00 p.m. in Isenberg Room G35. The VITA site is closed when the University campus is closed.

This is a first-come, first-...

The deadline for this year’s Barbara B. Burn Memorial Scholarship has been extended to February 8, 2019. The $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of the International Programs Office’s founder, Dr. Barbara Burn, who devoted her career to making international education accessible for any student.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be...

Going away to college is tough, and when you factor in adjusting to a new country, it can be even tougher. To help support this transition for international students, the International Programs Office (IPO) and CCPH are pleased to announce “Let’s Chat” sessions, beginning in January 2019.

These informal, free drop-in sessions will be led by Christopher Watkins from CCPH. Sessions are...

UMass Amherst PhD Student Marsha Allen

For Marsha Allen PhD ’23, home is where the inspiration is. Allen is working on her dissertation with the goal of preventing water shortages on her native island of Tobago.

Tobago, along with much of the Caribbean, has experienced a massive drought over the past decade, spurred by shifts in the climate. UMass Hydrogeology Professor David Boutt’s 2014 studies of new...

IPO will operate under the following adjusted hours for the upcoming winter break:

Mon, Dec 24       8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tues, Dec 25       CLOSED
Weds, Dec 26       8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Thurs, Dec 27     8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fri, Dec 28           CLOSED
Mon, Dec 31       CLOSED
Tues, Jan 1...

Applications for this year’s Barbara B. Burn Memorial Scholarship are now open. The $1,000 scholarship was established in memory of the International Programs Office’s founder, Dr. Barbara Burn, who devoted her career to making international education accessible for any student. 

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior Bachelor’s...

The International Programs Office(IPO)'s Optional Practical Training (OPT) session for Friday, December 7, 2018 has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

IPO is offering the following sessions in lieu of Friday's session:

December 13 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 538 Goodell

Working in the US: OPT/CPT for Graduate Students

Ken...

Associate Provost for International Programs Kalpen Trivedi

Kalpen Trivedi, associate provost for international programs, has been appointed to serve as a member of the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Trivedi’s two-year term will focus on NAFSA’s conference and symposium planning team.

He will assume the post in January and at the organization’s leadership meeting in...

As part of International Education Week, the university will host events Nov. 5-9 that celebrate international exchange, the richness of cultures from around the world, education and community.

Highlights include the inaugural “Stand United, Fight Hate” lecture to be delivered by author and scholar of racism Ibram X. Kendi at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. His talk...

International students are invited to participate in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) department’s annual New York City trip. The trip will be guided by Professors Jack Ahern and Ethan Carr, and leaves from the Olver Design Building at 6:00 a.m. on November 3,...

On June 26, 2018 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on the case of Trump v Hawaii, which sought to contest the...

Shirin Montazeri, a PhD student in electrical and computer engineering, left Iran four years ago for UMass Amherst to take advantage of greater opportunities for women scientists and to study with faculty conducting groundbreaking research. Already, Montazeri, who will complete her doctorate in 2018, has achieved a breakthrough in the development of radio receivers used by...

International Student Konrad Gorich ’19

From Eberbach, Germany, Konrad Gorich ’18 is one of 58 international students who play varsity sports at UMass Amherst. He wears the Minuteman uniform for the men’s soccer team. He enrolled in the flagship campus, believing it was a perfect fit for pursuing his desire for strong academics and passion for playing soccer. Playing as a center back, Gorich carries impressive game-by-game...

For international graduate student Ran Zhao ’17, all it took was a gentle nudge from a buddy. After arriving at UMass Amherst from China, “I wanted to do everything,” says Zhao. But she was unsure how to get involved. She found a mentor, Xiaohan “Kristy” Wen ’16, through the  Buddy Program at the International Programs Office (IPO). She sought advice from Wen:  “She said, ‘Join different clubs...

The UMass community celebrated the 200+ graduating international students at the 5th Annual 2018 International Graduation Reception on May 2. The event, MC’d by Director of International Students and Scholars, Kenneth Reade, featured speeches by Associate Provost of International Programs, Kalpen Trivedi, student Jessica Furtado, and a musical performance by PhD students Sheikh Muhammad Sarwar...

Nancy Condon, Community Ambassador in the International Programs Office

After 23 years at UMass as Advisor to International Scholars in the International Programs Office (IPO), Nancy Condon will retire this month. In addition to advising international scholars, faculty and staff on the nuances of US immigration regulations, Nancy has also been instrumental in coordinating the “Round the World Women” program in conjunction with the Amherst Town Committee for...

Bao “Terry” Cao ’19, a UMASS student double majoring in sociology and sport management from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

For Bao “Terry” Cao ’19, a double major in sociology and sport management from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, coming to UMass Amherst marked the first time he had lived in another country. Within a year, however, he had settled in and decided he was ready for his next cross-cultural adventure: a UMass Amherst study-abroad program.

He was not disappointed in his choice: “Studying abroad...

For some, New England winters provide a wonderland, while others see only inconvenience and nuisance. UMass Amherst graduate and international student Yinyong Li ’12G, ’16PhD had a common and recurring problem: his eyeglasses would fog up after coming in from the cold. However, the solution to the problem this polymer and engineering scientist discovered was anything but common.  

Li...