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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst
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About This Campus

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. All Five College schools are connected by free PVTA bus lines. 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 clubs and organizations for nearly everything that interests you and our rural location offers a wealth of outdoor activities. The nearby town of Northampton has all of the amenities of a large city but with the same accessibility as Amherst.

Location Information

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. All cities are connected by Peter Pan bus lines.

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 UMass - don't assume they are the same as at their home campus.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Amherst
Population | 39,263
Enrollment | 32,045
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 09/06-12/20
Spring | 02/06-05/25

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 13%
Black | 5%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 10%
Two or more | 4%
White | 67%
Other | 1%
International | 7%
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RegistrationClosed Programs
Nursing is closed. Education is closed. UMass does not offer physical education courses or many one-credit classes. English Writing 112 is closed to exchange students. Psychology 241 is closed to exchange students. In most departments, the course that fulfills the "UMass Junior Year Writing Requirement" (see course description) 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, Journalism, Kinesiology, ALL majors in the Isenberg School of Management, including Hospitality and Tourism Mgmt and Sport Mgmt and all majors in the College of Engineering are restricted to declared majors. All Majors in Isenberg School of Management, Computer Science and Engineering have specific pre-requisites. Students must have completed equivalent UMass pre-reqs. Computer Science course access is very limited. 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 frequently unavailable, even to declared majors.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, African American Studies, Animal Sciences... ++ show all


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 competitive programs like Isenberg School of Management, Engineering and Art.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will NOT accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 09/02/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $8476.00.
  • 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 Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 19
  • Home Payment: 19

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $125.00 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $300 Year Host & Home Optional
9-month Residence Hall Upcharge Fee $300 Year Host & Home Optional
Lab (for some lab courses) Fee $95 -125 per class Semester Host & Home Mandatory

Important Notes: IMPORTANT: All students must have health insurance approved by UMass. International Students MUST pay the UMass supplemental student health insurance fee of $1,240.00/sem. No Exceptions. For others, the Student Health Insurance is waivable with proof of approved insurance. Home school health insurance (i.e. insurance supplied by your home school) is not always approved. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CANNOT WAIVE THE HEALTH INSURANCE. The Program Fee includes the Mandatory Orientation Fee except for the Orientation housing fee which is currently 60.00. All students should expect at least one course to have a lab/materials fee particularly in science, art and architecture courses.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 09/02/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 61% living on campus
  • Double: $3600.00
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1000.00
  • Proximity to campus: close/bus routes
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Full year housing contract can be retracted if student is only attending one semester if appropriate deadlines are met. If deadlines are not met, housing cancellation fees can be significant. Students living off campus should make sure they are on a Bus Line. No housing deposit.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $3040.00 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. There are other meal plans available - check website http://umassdining.com/


Figures per Semester are current as of 09/02/22

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $842.00 Semester Host & Home Mandatory


Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
Currently, there is some new construction at UMass which is creating some access problems.

Other Health Related Comments
All students MUST have health insurance. The automatically billed UMass insurance is waivable with proof of students' own insurance, EXCEPT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WHO MUST PURCHASE THE UMASS INSURANCE. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CANNOT waive the UMass insurance.

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