Orientation is the beginning of your journey at UMass Boston. It is a new study environment, in a new country and a new way of life. 

What will happen at orientation?

UMass Boston International Student Success Program (ISSP) in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts Boston host a series of activities and programs and efficient transition to a degree study.

  • You will receive information about your UMass Boston International Student Success Program (ISSP) and an orientation kit
  • Meet the UMass Boston ISSP staff, students and new friends
  • Be introduced to a range of services and facilities available to you as a student

There will also be information sessions concerning accommodation, employment, safety, health, coverage and computer skills all designed to help you settle in to your new environment.

Most importantly, orientation ensures that you are enrolled: you will register on the system, take a placement test for Math and English, and obtain your UMass Boston Student ID Card.

What do I need to bring?

Bring along your

  • UMass Boston ISSP Offer Letter
  • University's Letter of Acceptance
  • Passport
  • Form I-20
  • Immunization record
  • Address details
  • Proof of high school graduation

What are the dates and where do I go?

Dates and locations are listed below. Click on your program to download an information sheet.

Summer Semester 2018 – More details here

Check In/Orientation

23-25 May 2018


Classes begin

29 May 2018

*While UMass Boston can extend these deadlines up to 2 weeks in some cases, we cannot guarantee I-20 and visa issuance beyond the stated deadlines

Fall Semester 2018 - More details here


28-31 August 2018


Classes begin

4 September 2018