Getting Started

Nimrod Herard outside of the University of Limerick entrance sign

Pictured is Nimrod Herard (Nimi), a UMass Boston student who studied at the University of Limerick in the spring 2017 semester. 

The Study Abroad Office is a valuable on-campus resource. It's important to plan academically, financially, and to research your eligibility and options for study abroad well in advance. We can help you to figure out what program is best for you academically and personally, provide you with useful information and resources, and guide and support you through the entire application process and beyond. First, we ask you to do some preliminary exploring and thinking about your goals and options. We've also created a checklist for the study abroad planning and approval process.

For more detailed instructions on how to apply through a UMass Boston exchange program, click here. For more detailed instructions on how to apply through a provider (like API), click here.

To study abroad, explore numerous opportunities available by browsing Study Abroad Programs and searching UMass Boston/Lowell/Dartmouth Education Abroad Program Database.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Office of Global Programs is committed to helping all UMass Boston students study abroad. We believe all students should have the opportunity to study abroad regardless of their background. Every student faces challenges when planning a trip and living abroad. Students may find that a number of factors influence their experience, including nationality, race and ethnicity, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and others. 

We have compiled resources that can be used to help support your study abroad goals, and are here to help make those goals a reality. Letting us know about your specific concerns studying abroad will only help your experience while abroad. We will do whatever we can to ensure that you have a happy, safe, and rewarding time living abroad. 

Disability Support and Study Abroad

If you have a disability, accommodations can be made in order for you to go abroad. The biggest factor in ensuring this is to prepare early. Here are steps we encourage you to take as soon as possible: 

Resources for Disabilities and Study Abroad: 

Gender and Study Abroad

Research your host country's cultural values and attitude toward women. Also find out local attitudes toward American women. There are ways to plan for your safety abroad.

Here are many resources if you are a woman going abroad:

LGBTIQ+ and Study Abroad

Some countries and cultures are open to accepting LGBTIQ+ people, but in other places you may encounter staring or hostility. Some places where you openly display affection to your same-sex partner can put your physical safety at risk. Find out what rights LGBTIQ+ have in your host country. Also research what kinds of behavior are considered appropriate for friendship and dating. Being aware of attitudes, customs, and laws of your host country is vital for your safety and experience. There are many resources for LGBTIQ+ students studying abroad. 

Non-Traditional Students and Study Abroad

Must Ask Questions for Adult Students from Diversity Abroad's: Adult Study Abroad

Tips from Diversity Abroad's: Adult Study Abroad

Race and Ethnicity and Study Abroad

"As a student traveling abroad you may be concerned about potential racial bias and prejudice without your usual support system. Or, you may be looking forward to being part of the majority population for the first time in your life. You may find that confronting and coping to a community with a different racial and ethnic makeup can be a learning experience." - Michigan State University's Michigan State University's Diversity Abroad: Race and Ethnicity 

While abroad, you may first be identified as an American. They people you meet will likely have an opinion about the US and make assumptions based on your physical appearance. "If somebody says or does something that is offensive to you, try to distinguish between a person who is genuinely curious about you and your culture and someone who has bad intentions. You may find yourself in some uncomfortable situations, and always remember to put your safety first." - Diversity Abroad's Racial & Ethnic Minority Students Abroad 

Other resources to help you prepare for your study abroad trip as a racial or ethnic minority: 

Religion and Study Abroad

Become familiar with the world's religions and how religious diversity is understood across cultures. While abroad, you may encounter people of various religions or people with non-religious backgrounds. It is important for you to understand your beliefs and the beliefs of your host country in order to have a safe and meaningful experience abroad. 

Resources for religion and study abroad: 

Next Steps

There are several ways to begin your study abroad exploration and application process.

This website will provide you with tools and information to be successful.

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    Office of Global Programs
    Campus Center, Suite 2100

    Call 617.287.5586