New International Students

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On behalf of our campus community we are delighted to welcome you to UMass Amherst!  As an international student you will be in good company as we enroll more than 20,000 undergraduate students from the U.S. and over 100 countries globally.  Here, you’ll find a residential campus located in the beautifully scenic and safe Western Massachusetts, where you can enjoy guaranteed on-campus housing and access to our award-winning dining halls during your first year.

New Student Housing Information

Click here to review general housing information for new students.

Break Housing for Students 2019-2020
The university closes for the following break periods:

Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 23, 10am – Dec. 2, 10am)
Winter Break (Dec. 20, 10am – Jan. 20, 9am)

Spring Break (March 14, 10am – March 22, 10am)

Most residence halls are closed during these break periods. However, Break Housing Halls on campus remain open for their residents. New students who will need housing during the above breaks should request to live in Break Housing on their Housing Preference Application. 

First-Year students that need Break Housing should consider requesting the Central Residential Area and listing 'Break Housing' as a special housing option on their New Student Preference Application.

View step by step instructions for submitting your Housing Preference Application here.

Students who do not live in a Break Housing hall and need housing during a break period are strongly encouraged to contact our office to discuss options. Temporary accommodations are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. It is also important to note that these spaces are billed at a daily rate and the combined cost for break stay is significantly more than the cost of residing in the following break housing halls: Brett, Cashin, Johnson, Prince.  


Orientation for international students has two components:

1. The first part is completed with New Students Orientation (NSO).
NSO is when you will register for your classes, sign up for housing, and get ready for your transition from your last school to UMass Amherst. International students can do their NSO either in person at UMass Amherst over the summer OR online. More information can be found here.

2. The second part is done with the International Programs Office (IPO).
International students must be on campus at UMass Amherst to complete the in-person International Student Orientation. The ISO covers immigration requirements, document checks, information on how to study in the United States education system, and cultural/safety/health information sessions to help with your transition to the US.

You can sign up for BOTH an NSO Session and your International Student Orientation on the New Students Orientation web page.

Moving On Campus

Students participating in International Student Orientation are scheduled to move in Friday, January 17, 2020. Students will be subject to a $60 Early Arrival fee.  Every student must complete their Move-In Reservation on SPIRE to determine their move-in time. Students must bring a printed boarding pass and photo ID in order to check into their assignment.