UMass Boston

International Undergraduate Students


As an international student, you may explore financial support options through private loans available from private lenders and other financial institutions. These alternative loans can be costly and are intended to supplement other financing sources, such as family or sponsor funding. These loans require a creditworthy U.S. Citizen or permanent resident as a cosigner.

Students may use ELM Select to compare many different lenders and their terms and conditions. For added convenience, students can apply for these loan options directly from Select ‘University of Massachusetts Boston’ as the school and then select ‘International’ for the program. 

Students and their parents/guardians have the right and ability to select the education loan provider of their choice. Students are not required to use any of the lenders listed. Each lender is an independent entity and UMass Boston adheres to a strict Vendor Code of Conduct of no partiality.

International Scholarships

Incoming first year students are automatically considered for UMass Boston merit scholarship aid based on their admissions application. International students with a 3.3 GPA or higher are considered for a merit scholarship of up to $5,000 annually. These scholarships are not available to students entering through partnership programs. 

Student Employment

International students do not qualify for Federal Work-Study. International students studying at UMass Boston on a J1 or F1 visa are eligible for on-campus employment only through the Institutional Student Employment (Non-Work Study) Program. International students may not work more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session or 40 hours per week when classes are not in session. Please review Eligibility and Conditions of Employment at Student Employment Services.

Job listings are listed online through the Handshake website. If you have not signed up to see the listings, follow the steps below. If you have any questions in creating your online account, please contact Career Services at 617-287-5519 or

How to Create a Handshake Account

  1. Go to Handshake
  2. Sign in using your UMB email username
  3. Select “Student/Alumni”
  4. Follow the instructions to fill in your information, create a password and confirm your registration.

(You may not receive immediate full access with a new account request. Career Services may need time to review your information after submission. Please follow up with Career Services if you cannot log in.)

To search for campus jobs on Handshake:

  • Click on the “Jobs” tab on the top of the page
  • Select “On-Campus”
  • Click on “Filter” to select position categories
    • Scroll to the bottom on the page to “Labeled by Your School” to select “On-campus non-work-study”

 (Remember International Students are not eligible for on-campus work-study and off-campus work-study jobs.)

  • Application instructions are listed within each job description. Follow the instructions to apply directly to the employers. 

IMPORTANT: After you accept a job offer, visit Student Employment Services on the 4th floor of the Campus Center to obtain information on applying for a social security number and fill out pre-employment paperwork. You are not authorized to work until your pre-employment paperwork is completed.  Any hours performed prior to the completion of your pre-employment paperwork will not be paid. Employment eligibility may be revoked for violation of this policy.

Financial Aid

UMass Boston
Campus Center, 4th Floor
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125

Phone: 617.287.6300
Fax: 617.287.6323
Merit-Based Scholarship