International Relations

Welcoming International Students

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An important priority for the University of Massachusetts is to ensure a welcoming environment on all of our campuses for international students. With locations throughout the state, and countless online opportunities, the University offers over 500 degree programs to students from Massachusetts and around the world.

Our campuses:

UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst is the system's flagship, public land-grant campus. A major research institution enrolling more than 25,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, UMass Amherst is known for excellence in a number of disciplines and plays a leadership role in teaching, research and public service in the Commonwealth. Its ten schools and colleges offer six associate's degrees, 88 undergraduate majors, 68 master's and 48 doctoral programs. Sponsored research activities total more than $130 million a year. More than 1,000 UMass Amherst undergraduates study abroad every year and in 2007, the campus hosted over 1,500 international students. 

UMass Boston

UMass Boston is the University's urban-based campus and provides challenging teaching, distinguished research and extensive public service to Boston and the Commonwealth. The campus offers 78 undergraduate degree programs, 54 master's and graduate certificate programs, 14 doctoral programs and 16 undergraduate certificate programs through its six colleges, the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, and the Division of Corporate, Continuing and Distance Education. UMass Boston's 39 research centers and institute contribute substantially to public policy discussion and formulation. A recent campus survey showed that more than 90 languages are spoken on the campus, and in 2007 UMass Boston hosted 568 international students, half of which were from Asia.

UMass Dartmouth

UMass Dartmouth is actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research and enjoys rich ties with the surrounding South Coast community. More than 8,500 students are enrolled in over 40 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs in six colleges. Unique to the Dartmouth campus is the close cultural, political and economic connection that exists between Portugal, Massachusetts and the United States. The communities surrounding the Dartmouth campus have one of the largest concentrations of Portuguese- Americans in the nation; Massachusetts, in fact, is the only state where Portuguese is more prevalent than Spanish.

UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell is recognized for its excellence in science and engineering, and is a leader in nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing, biomanufacturing, bioinformatics and advanced materials. The campus offers 15 doctoral, 29 master's and 38 bachelor's degree programs in science, engineering, health, humanities, social sciences, fine arts, education and management. Signature programs include sound recording technology, plastics engineering, economic and social development of regions,and community health and sustainability. UMass Lowell's sponsored research activities total more than $25 million. In 2007, the campus hosted over 500 international students, almost half of which were from India.

UMass Worcester

UMass Worcester houses the University's academic medical center,including the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a Graduate School of Nursing. The campus offers four master's and 13 doctoral degree programs, and engages in a research program that benefits not only the recipients of clinical services but also contributes to the international effort to understand, prevent and treat disease. Nearly 60 percent of the student population speaks a second language and in 2007 the campus welcomed 140 international students.


The University of Massachusetts' online education consortium delivers accredited programs from all five UMass campuses to students around the corner and around the globe. Online programs embody the same academic quality and rigor as their classroom counterparts, are fully accredited (NEASC) and internationally recognized. UMassOnline delivers over 100 graduate, undergraduate and non-credit degrees and certificates, as well as 1,500 online courses annually to diverse, geographically dispersed learners.