International Students

We welcomed our first international student to UMass in 1870, and today we have more than 7,300 international students, all of whom are an essential part of our identity as a world-class public research university dedicated to advancing knowledge and transforming lives.

At UMass, we actively recruit the most innovative faculty, the brightest minds and the most promising entrepreneurs from around the world. We invite them to enrich our campuses with their knowledge and their perspectives, to spark the economy with cutting-edge ideas and inventions, and to work on collaborative research that solves global problems like HIV-AIDS and Ebola.

International students not only enrich our campuses; they are enriched by the opportunity to learn from and work with our distinguished faculty, who are a driving force for revolutionary research, development and discovery. In fact, UMass faculty include a Nobel Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, an American Book Award winner and Fulbright, Guggenheim, MacArthur and Mellon fellows, making them some of the brightest minds in the world.

Because we are firmly committed to the quality of the international student experience at UMass, all of our campuses offer resources to ensure that international students have the support they need while living and learning in the U.S.

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The University of Massachusetts is a world-class public research university system with four comprehensive undergraduate and graduate campuses. Use this tool to determine which UMass campus is the best fit for you.

Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Process

Admissions for international undergraduate students is handled by individual UMass campuses. Each campus has an International Students and Scholars Office to help guide you through the process.

The application process for international students at UMass typically includes:

  • A completed application for undergraduate or graduate admission, which is available on each campus website. Applications may require scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) or the American College Test (ACT). Requirements may include an essay and at least one letter recommendation.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This test is required of most international applicants, except in some native English-speaking countries. Consult each campus website for more information.
  • An application fee, which varies by campus.
  • A statement of purpose (graduate students).
  • A resume (graduate students)

Use the links below to connect with the international student offices on our campuses.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid is not typically offered for international students, but some of our campuses do offer merit scholarships.

Obtaining a Student Visa

After acceptance to the University of Massachusetts, international students need to secure an I-20 document in order to enter the United States. The I-20 is a multipurpose document issued by a campus certifying that a student has been admitted to a full-time study program and has the financial resources to live in the United States. The student will need to bring the I-20 to an American embassy or consulate when applying for a student visa.

I-20s and other related documents are available on UMass campus websites.

Traveling to the United States

Our campus international offices provide resources and recommendations on traveling to and from the United States. Our campuses are in close proximity to several international airports, including Logan International Airport in Boston, Mass.; Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn.; and T. F. Green International Airport in Providence, R.I.