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Pre-Arrival Information

Pre-Arrival Information for newly accepted students

Welcome to UMass Lowell! The staff at the ISSO are very much looking forward to meeting and working with you upon your arrival on campus.

Take a virtual tour of UMass Lowell!

The virtual tour is a great way to get to know the campus before arriving to the U.S. 

You are then encouraged to read through the following guides PRIOR to your arrival. It is very helpful for incoming students making the transition from home to the United States.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.


All international students are expected to check-in at one Immigration Clearance Session.

The Immigration Clearance is intended for you to meet the ISSO staff, and for us to ensure you are physically here on campus. This is a MANDATORY session that all new international students for Spring 2018 are required to attend.

  • This year's Mandatory Immigration Clearance Session is in Moloney Hall, on Thursday, January 25 at 2p.m.

Students should arrive on time to the Immigration Clearance. Anyone late to the session will be asked to return during our final session. Failure to attending the Immigration Clearance may end up in termination of visa status.

All new students are encouraged to attend the International Student Resource Fair on January 19, 2018 from 10 a.m. - Noon in the University Crossing Atrium on North Campus featuring on-campus departments, local banks and cell phone representatives to answer any questions!

Get directions to campus using our interactive Google maps.


Please note you must ALSO attend a graduate and undergraduate orientation.

Undergraduate Orientation details can be found on the Orientation website.

Graduate Orientation details can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the International Students & Scholars Office by email at