University of Massachusetts

Amherst, Massachusetts
United States of America

Language of instruction

English

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst offers the choices of a large, diverse campus with the community feel of a small college. Founded in 1863, UMass is the largest public research university in New England and is currently ranked 29th among the USA’s top public universities. It's also a haven for satisfying student cravings – in 2017 UMass Amherst was ranked number 1 nationally for "Best Campus Food".

UMass is located in the rural college town of Amherst, one hour north of Hartford, two hours west of Boston and three hours from New York City. Hiking, biking, museums, music, theatre, history, food, and farms – it’s all in Amherst.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Fall Semester September–December

View UMass's academic calendar.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate: 12 credits at UMass is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Postgraduate: 9 credits at UMass is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UMass.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search UMass's course catelogue as well as the Undergraduate or Postgraduate program webpages if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Architecture
Event, hospitality, hotel and tourism management
Exercise science
Nutrition science
Anthropology
Art history
Classical languages
Criminology
Drama
English
English literature
History and ancient history
International relations
Journalism
Philosophy
Political science
Sociology
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish
Psychology
Animal studies
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
Environmental studies
Food science
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Physics
Postgraduate
Architecture
Exercise science
Nutrition science
Anthropology
Art history
Classical languages
Drama
English
English literature
History and ancient history
International relations
Philosophy
Political science
Sociology
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Spanish
Psychology
Animal studies
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
Environmental studies
Food science
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Physics
Regional and town planning

Course restrictions

Students must have flexibility in the courses they choose at UMass. It is recommended that students have several UQ general electives available to study at UMass.

Course enrollments and schedules may be finalised until after you arrive at UMass.

Undergraduate students do not have access to postgraduate level courses.

Courses in Communication, Economics, Isenberg School of Management (ISOM), and Engineering are limited to students who have these study fields as their majors and may have limited availability in upper level courses (course codes 300 and above). If choosing upper level courses in these departments, be sure to select multiple back-up courses.

The following areas of study are not available to exchange students:

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Computer Science
  • CPE (Continuing & Professional Education)
  • Indipendent study courses

Additional academic information

Course numbering at UMass:

  • 100-199: Lower Division Undergraduate – Freshman (first year) level
  • 200-299: Lower Division Undergraduate – Sophomore (second year) level
  • 300-399: Upper Division Undergraduate – Junior (third year) level
  • 400-499: Upper Division Undergraduate – Senior (fourth year) level - Instructor Permission may be required:
  • 500-899: Postgraduate and Doctoral courses.

UMass has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

UMass guarantees on-campus housing for undergraduate exchange students as long as deadlines and instructions are met.

On-campus housing for postgraduate students is also available, however, is not guaranteed.

Off-campus housing information is available to undergraduate and postgraduate exchange students.

Cost of living

UMass provides estimated semester expenses for exchange students studying undergraduate (page 3) or postgraduate (page 9) courses.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All students will be automatically enrolled in the UMass Student Health Benefit Plan and the fee will be charged to their student account. International & Exchange students are not eligible for a waiver.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UMass has F-1 and J-1 visa and immigration information 

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.