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.

Subject Suitability

This destination is an option for students studying American Studies and Maths.

Please note that places and availability can change annually so specific destinations can’t be guaranteed.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 4th September 2018 - 21st December 2018  22nd January 2019 - 9th May 2019

Application Deadline: 15/02/2018


You will pay no tuition fees to your host university.

For the 2018/19 Academic year in order to satisfy US Visa regulations you will need to prove that you have access to $9,000 per semester, $18,000 for the year. This is the amount that the host institution believes that it will cost you to live there for the duration of your studies. 

The table below gives you an idea of how much certain items will cost per semester when you are out there.

Room Fees $3,329.50-$5,997.50
Dining Services (Meals) $2,891- $3,081
Mandatory Health Insurance $705
Miscellaneous $1,700


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:

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. Above 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.