Welcome to UMass Amherst! Students admitted for the spring semester participate a comprehensive orientation & transition experience. More information for students starting in the Spring 2023 will be posted on our website in November 2022.
Orientation for international students has several components:
- The first parts - Guide to the U, Ready for the U, and Welcome to the U - are completed with New Student Orientation & Transitions (NSOT). The NSOT office facilitiates experiences to help you learn about campus values, and get ready for your transition from your last school to UMass Amherst.
- The second part is done with the International Programs Office (IPO). The International Student Orientation (ISO) experience covers immigration requirements, document checks, information on how to study in the US education system, and cultural/safety/health information sessions to help with your transition to the United States.
Registration for both components is managed through NSOT. Registration typically opens in November for students admitted for the spring semester and in May for students students admitted for the fall semester.
Thank you for your service. We want to make your transition to UMass as smooth as possible, and that all begins with orientation & transitions. Make sure you contact Veteran Services before your first semester starts.
If you'll be living on campus during the semester, be sure to file your housing preference application. There are many on and off campus housing options to suit your needs. For more information visit the Residential Life or Veteran Services websites.