University of Massachusetts at Amherst

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Overview

UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City.

The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centres. As the flagship campus of America’s education state, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the leader of the public higher education system of the Commonwealth, making a profound, transformative impact to the common good.

Founded in 1863, it's the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of academic, research and community outreach programs. We rank among the nation’s Top 30 public universities, moving up 10 spots during the past year in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college guide.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Key Information


An estimate of costs per semester can be found in the table below:

Room Fees $3,329.50-$5,997.50
Dining Services (Meals) $2891.00- $3081.00
Mandatory Health Insurance $705.00
Miscellaneous $1700.00


UMass guarantees housing for international exchange students as long as deadlines and instructions are met.

Students needing housing when UMass is closed for breaks should refer to instructions from Residential Life about break housing options.

All housing information will be sent via email to students through Residential Life. Students contact them directly with questions and concerns.

UMass Housing:
UMass Undergraduate Housing:

All students living in residential housing (except North Apartments) are required to have a meal plan. Information about the various types of meal plan options here:


Semester 1 Semester 2
 30th August 2017 -20th December 2017  19th January 2018 - 10th May 2017

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Below you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.