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  • Fall 09/08-12/18
  • Spring 01/19-05/05

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
EVEN - Host campus accepts no more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

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How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
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UMass is one of the leading centers of public higher education in the Northeast. We are part of the Five College Consortium which allows students to take classes and access libraries and activities at four prestigious liberal arts colleges in the Pioneer Valley: Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith.

UMass has esteemed faculty teaching in top-ranked departments. A recent building boom has created many state of the art academic facilities.

Over 50% of undergraduates live on campus. Our award winning dining services focuses on local and healthy food options. We have a new rec center and a great free public transportation system to get you all around the area.

UMass has every club and organization students might be interested in and our rural location offers a wealth of outdoor activities and the nearby town of Northampton has all of the amenities of a large city but with the same accessibility as Amherst.

Campus Location - UMass is a 1100 acre campus located in the rural college town of Amherst one hour north of Hartford CT, two hours west of Boston and three hours from New York City.

Helpful Information - On Campus Housing is guaranteed although preferences for specific areas can not always be met. Meal Plan is required if living on campus. Parking is available but will not be near where the student is living on campus. Off campus housing is plentiful but often requires a year lease and is rarely furnished. It is important for all students researching exchanges to check on the curriculum for their major at the host school - don't assume they are the same as at their home campus.

Closed Programs
Nursing and Kinesiology are closed. Education is closed but access to lower level courses is available. UMass does not offer physical education courses or many one-credit classes. English Writing 112 is closed to exchange students. In most departments, the course that fulfills the "UMass Junior Year Writing Requirement" will be closed to exchange students. Courses that satisfy the Integrative Experience requirement (see course description) are closed to exchange students. Departments may restrict specific courses without notice.

Courses in Communication, Computer Science, English, Journalism, Psychology and ALL majors in the School of Management, including Hospitality and Tourism Mgmt and Sport Mgmt and all majors in the College of Engineering are usually limited to majors. ISOM and Engineering majors must also have completed equivalent UMass pre-reqs. Architecture (NAAB accredited schools only), Studio Art, Dance, and Music classes are only available to BFA/Art, Dance, and Music declared majors and may require portfolio submission for access to studio courses. Studio work space is also extremely limited. Music Lessons are not always available, even to declared majors.

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Agriculture: Animal Sciences, Plant Science, Soil Science

Anthropology: Anthropology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: Afro-American Studies, Judaic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Russian Studies, Scandinavian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art History, Studio Art

Athletics: Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Finance and Operation Management, Management, Marketing

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Journalism

Criminal Justice: Legal Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics, Resource Economics

Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Comparative Literature, English, Linguistics

Environmental Studies: Environmental Design, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Conservation

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Foreign Language: Arabic (some courses), Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Classical Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Public Health

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC

Performing Arts: Dance, Music, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Sociology

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders

Technology: Construction Technology

Quick Links Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Students who will be juniors on exchange must have a declared major(s)at their home school. To access courses in many departments, students must be declared majors at their home school. We have no minors in very competetive programs like Isenberg School of Management, Engineering and Art.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550 paper, 213 computer or 80 Internet
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate or post-baccalaureate students
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 7/9/2015.
  • Estimated cost: $6,743.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 19
  • Plan B: 19
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 7/9/2015.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Service Fee: $344 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance: $1,055 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $330 Year Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee: $100 Year Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: URGENT: The 343.50 per semester health services fee is mandatory. The Student Health Insurance is waivable with proof of insurance EXCEPT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CANNOT WAIVE THE HEALTH INSURANCE.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002221

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

  • Figures are current as of 7/9/2015.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $3,198
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: close/bus routes
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Students living off campus should make sure they are on a Bus Line. A full year housing contract can be retracted if appropriate deadlines are met. Although the housing contract is full year, the cancellation fee is only 100.00 if the contract is cancelled by published deadlines.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2410.00 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
We have a nationally recognized, award winning food service here at UMass. Excellent vegetarian, vegan, gluten free options.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.