Q & A for J-1 Exchange Students

Where am I going to stay?

Permanent Housing:

As part of your company, you will live on campus in the Company Dorms with other cadets. Most cadets will have one or two roommates, depending on availability. 

Temporary Housing:

If you must arrive before check-in, please visit the following websites for temporary housing near MMA:

How do I pay my university bill?

Once you have registered for classes your student account will be billed along with any other room and board fees. Your student account must be paid or have a payment plan set up by the 5th day of classes at the start of each semester. Payments can be made through the student's WebAdvisor account or directly to the Business Office on campus. For more information you can visit the Business Office page

Payments to the Bookstore can only be arrange while on campus.

If you will pay by debit card, credit card, checks methods other than cash, please check with your bank and make sure you have international service available in the United States and be aware of your international transaction fees.

What am I going to need?

The OIE is committed to working with you eac 

Where can I find academic calendar and course catalog?

Academic Calendar

Course Catalog

What should I carry with me when I travel?

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20/DS-2019
  • MMA Admission Letter
  • Any other Important Document
  • Contact Numbers

What rules must you follow as a regiment cadet at MMA?

As a regimented campus, Massachusetts Maritime Academy follows all the rules and regulations listed in our Regimental Manual. You are also part of our regiment system.

Below are some highlights regarding uniform standards, room standards, grooming standards and etc.

Uniform Standards

Uniforms must be worn at MOFO, classes, Mess Deck/Dining Hall. Make sure your uniform is clean and presentable at all time. Name tags will be provided to you and it should be worn with all classroom uniforms. If you are in an open area, your uniform hat must be worn with uniform. Recreational Uniform can be worn when cadets participating in organized sports activities, intramural clubs, etc.

Grooming Standards


  • Tying your hair in a bun if it's longer than shoulder length.
  • Wearing natural color hair
  • Wearing nude color makeup and natural color nail polish (if applicable).
  • Wearing a maximum of one plain, small, stud-type earring per ear


  • Following the senior grooming standard. That is hair no longer than 1 inch on top, no facial hair except for mustache. Also, hair must be of natural hair color. We have a barber on campus that cuts hair at no charge.

Morning Formation

Formations will be held Monday through Friday and attendance is mandatory for all classes. All cadets will be in complete Uniform of the Day. The Regiment will muster in formation at 0715. The Regiment will march on at 0725. Your company master time and location depends on your own company commander.

Drugs and Alcohol

The entire MMA campus is 100% smoke free and tobacco free.  Any tobacco products (i.e. cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, dip, e-cigarettes, etc.) are strictly prohibited.