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About the UMass Dartmouth Global Student Program (GSP)

Tell me more about UMass Dartmouth....

 UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalised teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional and global economic, social, and cultural development.
Within a climate that is inclusive, open, and diverse, UMass Dartmouth will be the university of choice for students seeking high quality programs as well as professional academic programs that build a foundation for civic responsibility, individual skills and professional success.

UMass Dartmouth will distinguish itself by providing a personalised academic environment where the scholarly research and creative activities of faculty and graduate students are interwoven with the undergraduate experience.

What is the UMass Dartmouth GSP?

The UMass Dartmouth Global Student Program (GSP) is located on campus at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate GSP is composed of elements that enable you to successfully complete your UMass Dartmouth undergraduate degree. The Undergraduate GSP is designed to provide an academic and cultural bridge for you between your high school and a UMass Dartmouth degree. The program is comprised of disciplined for-credit and other courses that, completed with the specified grade point average, will be credited towards degree requirements in your UMass Dartmouth degree.

The UMass Dartmouth Graduate GSP is a one-semester or two-semester program aimed at international students requiring a bridge to a business or engineering master's degree program in the USA. The Graduate GSP helps to close the gap in the student's English language proficiency, communication skills, and generic research skills while simultaneously earning credits towards their MBA and Master of Science degree programs in Business or Engineering.

Where is UMass Dartmouth located?

Dartmouth, located in Southeastern Massachusetts, about 25 minutes away from Providence and Newport, Rhode Island and about an hour from Boston, MA.

UMass Dartmouth has campuses located on the South Coast of Massachusetts in the cities of Dartmouth, New Bedford. UMass Dartmouth has campuses located on the South Coast of Massachusetts in the cities of Dartmouth, New Bedford. All GSP students will complete their coursework on the main UMass Dartmouth campus.

The University provides a free shuttle service each day. This is a unique opportunity for international students to live on campus experiencing the full diversity of the American university setting, while at the same time participating in the life of an American city community.

Can UMass Dartmouth GSP students use the campus facilities and services?

Absolutely. As a UMass Dartmouth GSP student you are able to use all services and facilities at UMass Dartmouth including the library, student center's and athletic facilities. You are also able to join UMass Dartmouth student clubs and associations.

What is the advantage of going through the UMass Dartmouth GSP?

The advantages for students are many. Classes are much smaller than the usual university lecture size. UMass Dartmouth GSP students have more class time per class than university which allows more time to understand the course. You also study over three semesters in one calendar year or, if eligible, finish the Undergraduate GSP in 2 semesters or 8 months!

What if I need help with my studies?

There are many avenues of help and support throughout your studies at UMass Dartmouth. If you find yourself having difficulty in a course, you should contact your professor and organize a time to meet for consultation.

About the classes

How are classes taught?

Undergraduate students meet 4.5 hours a week per class. All classes are taught from the University curriculum by UMass Dartmouth faculty, but there is additional class time built in for tutorials, group work and individual student support. Graduate classes meet once a week for each subject, typically for 3 hours each class meeting. UMass Dartmouth GSP Teaching Assistants (TA) will also provide additional classroom support for students in particular subjects. There is some variation in this structure according to the nature of the individual units and specific requirements.

What is the maximum number of courses that I can study each semester?

Students typically take four courses each semester.

How many intake dates are there each year?

There are three intakes per year - September, January and May.

Applying to UMass Dartmouth Global Student Program (GSP)

How do I apply?

Easy, click here and follow the instructions.

How long will it take to receive an offer from UMass Dartmouth GSP?

It typically takes between 24-48 business hours to receive a UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate GSP offer. For a Graduate GSP offer, it will take about 7-10 business days.

UMass Dartmouth GSP entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for UMass Dartmouth GSP?

Entry requirements are course specific and country specific and can be found here.

Fee payment

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees by Bank Wire, Bank Check, Credit Card or online.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, click here for more information.

International Student Health Insurance

Do I have to have International Student Health Insurance?

Yes, it is compulsory for all international students to have health care insurance from the university.