UMass Amherst offers academic and social programming typical of a large, diverse university as well as the close-knit community feel of a small college. Our academic programs nurture scholarship, research, facultystudent collaboration, and experiential education. Our campus organizations, living-learning residence halls, and community service programs help students build leadership skills and hands-on experience that lead to meaningful careers. Founded in 1863, we are the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of our academic, research and community outreach programs. We rank 24th among the nation’s top public universities, moving up 11 spots in the past three years in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college guide.
You can find out more on the factsheet also available on the student portal and on the university website.
Language Requirements: Toefl score: 550 / CBT: 230 / IBT: 92 / IELTS score: 6,5 / Cambridge Advanced (CAE) (Not valid if achieved before 01/12/2018)
Visa: Acceptance letters and DS-2019 forms will be mailed to the home university coordinator after acceptance. These will need to be distributed to the student. Students can then apply for their J1 visa. Information on how to apply for a visa will be emailed to the student upon acceptance into the program.
Accomodation: UMass guarantees housing for undergraduate international exchange students in accordance with instructions from Residential Life. Students needing housing when UMass is closed for breaks should refer to instructions from Residential Life about break housing options. For more information and resources about living off-campus, visit the Off-Campus Housing Website. However, because of a housing shortage in the town of Amherst, we encourage all undergraduates to consider living on-campus for their first semester