UMass Dartmouth GSP Team
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The UMass Dartmouth GSP offers several student services designed to assist students in transitioning to a new environment and new educational system. As a GSP student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, you will also have access to a variety of University programs and services outside the classroom. Both the GSP and University campus resources are available to you for academic assistance as well as extra-curricular involvement. These will provide you with opportunities to meet students, explore your interests and most importantly to have fun and succeed.
Our staff will support you before you arrive, in securing on-campus accommodation, ensuring that you have fulfilled the university immunization requirements, helping to schedule an airport pickup if needed, and answering any questions you may have to ensure that you have a smooth transition and get settled in upon arrival.
Academic support courses and tutorials are offered to promote success in the classroom. These help students to acclimate to the U.S. teaching and learning environment and help students to better understand the expectations of students in a U.S. classroom. The Student Success Manager also works closely with faculty and students to provided individualized attention to students who may need a little extra support. We are also available throughout your program to provide informational sessions, advising, and to help connect you to relevant university resources.
The Student Experience Specialist is available to provide important information about campus resources and support outside of the classroom. You always have someone to talk to when you have questions or concerns, to ensure an excellent experience both inside and outside of the classroom.
GSP organizes a number of fun student activities and engagement opportunities, which allow you to engage with other students and get involved with the local community. Past events have included:
- Autumn Apple Picking at Dartmouth Orchards
- Pumpkin Carving
- Ice Skating
- Cosmic Bowling
- Festival of Colors – Holi at Horseneck Beach
- GSP USA Soccer tournament
- GSP's Got Talent (show off your talents and compete against GSSP students from other UMass campuses!)
Check out pictures from past social events on the UMass Dartmouth GSP Facebook page!
University Student Resources
Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides free peer tutoring to any UMass Dartmouth student. It is comprised of three tutoring centers including the Math & Business Center, Science & Engineering Center, and the Writing & Reading Center. Each center provides a variety of academic support services including one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, study groups for exams, and exam reviews. The ARC works to ensure that students have clear, understandable, and achievable academic goals which serve as the foundations for success.
SAIL- Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership
Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership (SAIL) provides UMass Dartmouth students with the opportunity to get involved on campus. This includes joining an already established student organization or working to create your own. SAIL promotes leadership opportunities as well as university involvement through clubs, organizations, and events.
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life coordinates religious activities and serves the spiritual needs of the University community. This center provides opportunity for worship, spiritual direction, and counselling for all major religious denominations. Here, you will also find referrals to resources of particular religious traditions in the surrounding community, providing additional opportunities for involvement.
The UMass Dartmouth Fitness Center on campus provides students with general fitness, recreation, and aerobic programs in order to give students an opportunity to maintain health and relieve stress in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Leduc Center for Civic Engagement
The Leduc Center for Civic Engagement seeks to prepare students for life as active and engaged citizens. This center provides active student learning opportunities which address community needs. Here, programs and events offer the potential to interact and engage the community at large.
Office of Housing & Residential Education
Living on campus means independence and the convenience of being able to roll out of bed and go to class – plus support when you need it. Residence halls and apartments on campus provide community living designed to support and enhance personal growth and maturity. Resident Assistants (RAs) are trained student staff who live in each building and are ready to offer advice and suggestions – whether it’s how to study for your first mid-term, get along with your roommate, or handle other situations in your new home away from home.
Claire T. Carney Library
The Claire T. Carney Library at UMass Dartmouth is many things to many people. It is the librarian working with a student in the discovery and evaluation of search methods and knowledge resources. It is the physical building with its collections, its seating for group study and individual contemplation. It is a virtual space with resources that are accessible at anytime from anywhere. At its best the library is a sanctuary outside the classroom where one can freely locate and compare the newest printout of information with ideas from other times and places.
The UMass Dartmouth Health Services Office is conveniently located on-campus with a staff of nurse practitioners, nurses, and a consulting physician can evaluate and treat most student health issues such as sore throats, coughs, the flu, skin problems, gynecological problems, birth control, orthopedic injuries, and stress issues. They can also help with chronic health issues such as seizure disorders, cardiac problems, diabetes, eating disorders, and other issues, where Health Services consults with your primary care provider.
All international students are required to purchase medical insurance from the University, there are NO exceptions. If starting the program in January or May, the university health insurance will be pro-rated with coverage from the start of your program through July 31st and will be renewed for 12 month coverage beginning August 1st for each Academic Year that you enroll in the University. Students starting the program in August will automatically be enrolled in insurance with 12 month coverage from August 1 – July 31 (following year). Medical care is expensive in the U.S, and this requirement is for your own protection in the event of serious illness or accident. Unlike some countries, health care is not socialized in the U.S, therefore, even with health insurance coverage you may still have to pay a co-pay or deductible for hospital. To view the complete insurance plan information, please visit www.universityhealthplans.com and select the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth link.
Live Well: The Office of Health Education, Promotion & Wellness
LiveWell: The Office of Health Education, Promotion, and Wellness works with students, staff, faculty, and community-based organizations to create a campus environment that supports student health, well-being, personal development, and academic success. The LiveWell staff provides health information, workshops, training, and consultation to students and university departments.
The Counseling Center provides a range of services to help students develop improved coping skills to address emotional, interpersonal and academic concerns. The Counseling Center provides individual, couples and group counseling, and psychiatric services. The Counseling Center offers primarily short-term counseling, and will help students initiate referrals to community-based services when students need specialized or longer term services.
The Career Services Center offers a wide range of career planning services to help you develop a successful future, with professional career counsellors who provide appointments for career counselling, career fairs, and resume, interview and etiquette workshops.
While enrolled in the GSP program, you will have non-degree status, which means you are not eligible to work in the U.S. Once you successfully completed the Graduate GSP or Undergraduate GSP and enter your degree program, your status will be changed to degree-seeking which will allow you to work on campus within the limitations of your visa (typically up to 20 hours/week during the academic year and 40 hours/week during breaks). Not following the regulations for international student employment can have serious consequences for your studies and your visa status in the US. Students may only work off-campus (once in the degree program), if the employment opportunity meets the requirements for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT).
Did you know?
- Getting involved, both inside, and outside of the classroom, is a great way to learn about American culture, and make the most of your college experience
- There are 180 student clubs and organizations on campus as well as opportunities to develop your own club to suit your interests!
- As a UMass Dartmouth student you will be studying amongst a diverse student population; UMassD GSP has students from 40 countries, so you will have the opportunity to build a global network simply by going to class.