Alternatives to being in Amherst for the fall

If you are a student who is caught up in the housing shortage, we want you to know that you have options other than taking a semester off or transferring.

Internships for Credit

Doing an internship for credit during the fall is one way to stay on track toward completing your 120 total credits on time. Whether you do this from home or live on the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Newton, MA outside of Boston, this could be a great option for you. You can do this independently of any formal SBS program, or potentially as part of SBS in Boston. Either way, your SBS career team is here to support you in finding an internship for the fall.

We haven’t typically run our SBS in Boston Internship Program in the fall (only in the spring), but if enough students express an interest in / desire to take advantage of this option, we will run it. This program provides you with support in finding an internship, professional development boot camp before your start your internship, and a professional development class on Fridays during the semester. You can also take Flex classes remotely at no additional cost, if you are enrolled full time. If you are interested in this option, please complete this form and let us know.

Living/Learning at Mount Ida

The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst serves as a center for student experiential learning and professional development and facilitates connections between the state’s flagship public research university and the business, civic, government, education, and cultural communities in the Greater Boston region, amplifying UMass Amherst’s impact in the Commonwealth.

Air-conditioned rooms. Award-winning UMass Dining. Free parking. Free rec center. Free transportation to the MBTA. Flexible dates. Thriving, hiring companies all around you. What more could you ask for in a fall (or summer or spring) housing option?

Learn more, and inquire about living at Mount Ida here.

Domestic Exchange

Spend a semester studying away, but in the US or its territories. There are still sites with open deadlines, if you have some flexibility about where you go. These include locations such as the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, various Rocky Mountain locations, and Alaska, among many others!

The National Student Exchange (open using Chrome) is a network of over 170 universities and colleges in 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through National Student Exchange, UMass students can study at another college or university, allowing them to live in another geographic area, access courses and facilities not offered at their home campus, and broaden their undergraduate experience. 

Sign up for an info session , or fill out the form at the bottom of that page.

Study Abroad

There are still some study abroad options available for the fall. If this is something you’ve been considering, and housing in Amherst is an issue, maybe now is the time to see the world!

Contact Mark Eckman in the International Programs Office to learn more.

By Carol Sharick
Carol Sharick Director of Career and Professional Development for Undergraduates, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences