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

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the original and largest campus of the University, and the most comprehensive in terms of the breadth and depth of its academic programs. The flagship of the system, UMass Amherst, is home to Commonwealth Honors College, which has taken its place alongside the finest public honors colleges in the nation and has opened its own residential and classroom complex located in the heart of the Amherst campus.

Even as the campus incorporates modern teaching methods involving new communication and information technology, it remains an immersive, residential campus serving predominantly full-time students who learn from peers as well as their professors. UMass Amherst delivers outstanding value to students and families from across Massachusetts, the nation and the globe. The campus currently serves more than 22,000 undergraduates and more than 6,300 graduate students across a comprehensive array of academic programs.

UMass Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence among urban public research universities. Located on Boston Harbor, it is the metropolitan area's only public research university. UMass Boston's most distinguished intellectual contributions are in the social sciences, education, health and wellness, and the exact sciences, with faculty earning national and international recognition in biology; environmental, earth, and ocean sciences; cancer research; brain sciences; green chemistry; and disability studies. The university's innovative projects and programs consistently involve multiple disciplines. Among the newest initiatives are the Center for Governance and Sustainability, the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy, the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, and the School for the Environment.

UMass Boston attracts a diverse population, with more than 12,000 undergraduate and nearly 4,000 graduate students currently enrolled. These students have roots in more than 140 countries and speak more than 90 different languages. Many are of modest-income backgrounds and are first-generation college students. They benefit from the university's urban location that provides a wealth of experiential and career opportunities.

UMass Dartmouth

Located on the scenic and historic South Coast of Massachusetts, UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research, resulting in the lifelong success of its more than 9,100 students and 50,000 alumni. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for global, national and regional economic, social and cultural transformation.

Highly ranked among national peers by Washington Monthly for improving the social mobility of its students, UMass Dartmouth offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, including 11 at the doctoral level, the only public law school in Massachusetts, and a growing portfolio of online offerings.

UMass Lowell

The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a nationally recognized doctoral research university, is the fastest-growing of the five campuses. Since 2007, UMass Lowell has achieved enrollment growth of 45 percent while simultaneously increasing the academic qualifications and diversity of its student body. National recognition of the campus is on the rise. UMass Lowell's three-year, 25-spot gain in the U.S. News & World Report national universities rankings is the second-fastest in the nation.

UMass Worcester

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), the Commonwealth's only public medical school, founded in 1962 and situated in Worcester, serves as the University's Nobel-Prize winning health sciences campus. Perennially ranked in the top 10 percent for primary care training, UMMS has remained true to its founding mission while also becoming globally recognized in biomedical research. Today, UMMS shares a tripartite mission focused on education, research and health care delivery with its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care.

UMMS is home to approximately 1,100 graduate students spread among the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Graduate School of Nursing, almost 600 residents and fellows, and renowned faculty, including a Nobel Laureate, a Lasker Award recipient, seven Howard Hughes Investigators and five National Academy Members. UMMS's burgeoning research enterprise, recognized for its world-class RNA-based gene- silencing expertise, attracts more than $250 million in annual research awards. UMMS's research prominence has anchored the University's impressive growth in research and development over the past decade and consistently positions the UMass system as a national leader in generating licensing revenue.


UMassOnline is the University's online education program, providing technology and brand marketing support for 121 fully accredited online degree and certificate programs originating from the University's campuses. Online programs provide the same academic quality and rigor as their classroom counterparts and are nationally recognized. UMassOnline offers more than 1,500 online courses annually, drawing from the academic disciplines for which UMass has received national and international acclaim. The 59,000 UMassOnline course registrations represent students from across the nation and around the world.