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How to Become a UMass Boston Student

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Are you ready to begin your journey to the United States? Follow these steps and you’ll be on the UMass Boston campus before you know it.


Step 1


Student selects program of study and submits application online.

Step 2


UMass Boston GSSP reviews application and issues letter of offer, requests more information, or issues denial. 

Step 3

Accept Offer

Student  pays deposit and emails the following to admissions: signed acceptance of offer, receipt of deposit payment, and any other items listed in the letter of offer.

Step 4

I-20 Processing

Student emails complete DCF form, bank statements, and any other requested information to admissions.  UMass Boston GSSP processes I-20 and mails hard copy to student. SEVIS ID and tracking information for the package is emailed to student.

Step 5

Visa Interview

Student receives I-20 and schedules F1 visa appointment.  Practice visa interview is available upon request. Student informs UMass Boston GSSP team the F1 visa result. 

Step 6


Student makes travel plans to arrive on-time for orientation.  Student completes all pre-arrival steps (housing, immunization, airport arrival/pickup form).

Step 7

Pay Tuition Fee

Student pays tuition fee listed on the invoice sent along with I-20 package.

Step 8


Student attends orientation and begins classes at UMass Boston.

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