Frequently Asked Questions
What does Boston University Study Abroad do?
Boston University Study Abroad makes it possible for college and university students to realize their dream to study abroad. We operate language, liberal arts, fine arts, science, engineering, and internship programs in 30 cities in 20 countries on six continents, all fully approved by Boston University.
Why study abroad?
Students have many, many reasons for studying abroad. Some of these are:
- Learning more about another culture
- Improving one’s foreign language skills
- Receiving international work experience through an academic internship program
- Enhancement of one’s major or minor
- The experience of self-reliance abroad
- The development of new intellectual pursuits or skills
- Learning more about personal and family heritage
I haven’t studied a foreign language. Can I still study abroad?
Yes. Language learning is not the only reason to go abroad, and Boston University offers many programs in English-speaking countries as well as some programs where the courses are taught in English.
How early can I start applying? When is it too late to apply?
Our deadlines come three times a year: October 1 for spring programs, March 1 for summer programs, and March 15 for fall or academic year programs. It is possible to apply after the program deadline. We can accept applications for most programs until the program is full. Please call our office for more information.
Can I spend more than one semester abroad?
Absolutely! Many students spend consecutive semesters at their study abroad destination, or combine two different sites for a year abroad.
Do students with only certain majors study abroad?
No. Students from all majors study abroad. Some students, such as language, business, engineering, science, and fine arts majors are able to find programs in their own majors, and others take a semester to broaden their education or take advantage of an international internship.
May I talk to a returned student?
Yes. In fact, returned students are one of your best sources of information about all aspects of the program, and many have volunteered to talk to students thinking about going abroad. Call our office (617-353-9888) and we’ll put you in touch with the Program Manager who can connect you with a returnee.
I'm having difficulty downloading a file or accessing a web page. Whom do I contact?
Contact us at any time via e-mail and we will remedy the situation as soon as possible. If you have difficulty with one of our programs’ websites, we can convey your message to the site or you can contact the site staff via the staff page. For immediate assistance during business hours you can call our front desk at 617-353-9888.
For BU Students
Will studying abroad cost more than a regular semester at Boston University? Does aid travel?
Generally, the cost of study abroad is the same or less than a semester at Boston University, but study abroad fees sometimes include extras like air fare and great excursions. Most forms of Boston University financial assistance travel with students; however, some forms of financial aid (such as work/study arrangements) may not transfer. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Financial Assistance for full information: 617-353-2965.
Is it possible to study abroad on a non-BU or external program?
Yes, for more information please see External Programs.
Where can I find services for scanning my documents?
Scanning and printing services are available at the BU Common @ Mugar.
For Non-BU Students
Will credits from a Boston University study abroad program transfer to my college?
In most cases, yes. You will receive an official Boston University transcript on completion of your program which you can submit to your own college or university. It is your responsibility, though, to consult with your advisor beforehand, to determine whether the credits can be applied to your own program.
Will I be the only non-BU student on a particular program?
No. In general, about half of the students on our programs come from Boston University; the others come from hundreds of schools across the United States and abroad.
Can I get financial aid? Do you have scholarships or grants?
Yes. We award financial aid, based both on need and merit, to approximately 150 non-Boston University students every year. These grants typically range in amount from 500–5,000 USD. Please click here for more information.
Can I obtain syllabi to give to my study abroad office so they'll approve the program?
Yes. We maintain up-to-date syllabi for courses at all of our sites. Most are available online, or you can call us at 617-353-9888, and tell us what you need.