You’re in! This Hub Page is your one-stop-shop for all program related information prior to your departure.

Everything you need to do before studying abroad will be addressed on this page – think of it as a living checklist. Be sure to check this page regularly, as many of the sections above contain action items with specific deadlines. We will also update this page with new information throughout the semester.

Phases 1, 2 and 3 contain time-sensitive action items, so be sure you’re staying on track! Each phase contains a self-check so you can double check to see if you’ve completed everything along the way.

The “In-Country Guide” contains a wealth of information about the place you’ll be calling home for the next semester. Be sure to read through that section to learn about everything from cultural customs, to academic differences, to daily life.

[— Phase 1: First Things First (Admission – April 1) —]

  • Log in to your online application and confirm your participation in the program. Then complete the checklist of items on the “Pre-Departure Documents” tab.
  • Once you complete the pre-departure process, you'll be registered for this program as a placeholder block of credits.

Please take the time now to review our website for details about the cost of your program. You may find our budgeting worksheet to be an important planning tool. We also encourage you to consider applying for study abroad scholarships as early as possible.

We understand that preparing for your time away can seem overwhelming because of the abundance of information being shared with you. We have designed this online presentation to communicate general pre-departure information that applies to all BU Study Abroad programs, and help you navigate the pre-departure preparation process.

Pre-departure Roadmap

Students must complete the SED Placement Questionnaire and submit it online within two weeks of admission: SED Placement Questionnaire

Students must also email an updated resume (CV) following UK format (UK Formatted Resume Sample) to Ruben Parra in London within two weeks of admission.

As part of your acceptance to the London program, you will need to gain access to the London Personal Page – a secure database hosted by the BU London office. A unique username and “passphrase” will be generated for each student after the following steps are taken. Please note, you will receive an email from the London office when you can submit the information below and you will not be issued a passphrase if information submitted does not conform exactly to the specifications indicated:

Provide a passport-style photo as directed in the following instructions: BU LONDON – STUDY ABROAD PHOTO INSTRUCTIONS

Send your photo from an email account that you check regularly, and can access from any location. University email accounts are fine as long as they can accept .html and large, group emails. All pre-departure information from London will be sent to this account. Due to prior issues, we advise against AOL or Verizon. Make sure to keep track of your new login information, as you’ll need to use it frequently.

The Personal Page will be used for:

    • Additional Visa/Immigration Information
    • Housing Selection
    • Course Selection
    • Flight Arrival and Departure Information
    • Ordering Essential Items
    • Purchasing Events From The Social Programme
    • Optional Employment Applications (LPA, Program Rep.)*

*Please note that BU London is no longer hiring RA positions.

Although you already submitted an Advisor Support of Participation form as part of your application, you may need to adjust your course enrollment plans as you learn more about your program. Be sure to do so in consultation with your academic advisor (or your home institution’s study abroad office, if you are a visiting student), especially if your courses were pre-approved. You should determine, preferably prior to the start of the program, the precise degree requirements these courses will fulfill. It is your responsibility to research how the courses taken abroad apply towards your overall academic requirements and progress toward your degree. Non-BU students should be certain you understand how courses you take with BU Study Abroad will transfer to your home institution

You will be automatically enrolled for both SO 301: Challenge and Change in British Education as well as your teaching practicum by BU London. Your area of specialization will determine your practicum enrollment and will appear as one of the following courses:

SED EC 553 Early Childhood Student Teaching (10cr Early Childhood)
SED CH 555 Student Teaching Practicum Elementary 1-6 (10cr Elementary)
SED XX* 507/9 Student Teaching Practicum Practicum 5-8 (8cr Secondary)
SED XX* 508/10 Student Teaching Practicum 8-12 (8cr Secondary)
SED SE 593 Practicum: Student with Special Needs, pre-K-8 (Variable Credits Secondary)

*Department code dependent upon secondary specialized teaching subject, i.e. Social Science, English, Science

No changes are permitted for these courses. You will see these courses listed on your London Personal Page. Please note that your selected courses will not appear on your BU transcript until after the program has ended and grades are reported.

CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)

All program participants are invited to enroll in an online course that is designed to both complement and enhance your semester abroad. The Global Learning Experience is a self-paced, one-credit, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and assignments designed to accompany students through the experience of living, studying and interning in a country and culture different from their own. Students will post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform which will trace a student’s individual path of activities and achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. Discussion boards will link students not only with the course instructors but with students studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. We encourage you to learn more at the link above.

Have you completed everything in Phase 1? Here is a self-check to make sure you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re keeping track of any upcoming deadlines and budgeting enough time to complete them on-time. If you missed a deadline, be sure to check in with you Program Manager and complete that task right away.

You should have completed:

  • Confirmed your participation via your BU Study Abroad Application, paid your program deposit, and filled out the accompanying online forms.
  • Watched the Pre-Departure Roadmap Webinar
  • Submitted your SED Questionnaire and UK Resume
  • Submitted your photo and received access to your London Personal Page – Before MAY 1
  • Registered for the “Global Learning Experience” 1-credit course (optional)

[— END Phase 1 —]

[— Phase 2: Core Preparations (April 1 – July 15) —]

A required pre-departure meeting for all London School of Education students will take place on Monday, April 10 2017 from 3:15PM – 5:15PM in the BU School of Education Building (Room 146.

Materials from the pre-departure meeting are available to review here: Fall 2017 London SED Pre-Departure

All BU and Boston-area students are strongly encouraged to attend. This meeting is intended to give you an overview of daily life, culture, health and safety, internships and academics in London. You will also have the opportunity to speak to program alumni (schedules permitting), meet other program participants, and ask questions.

Please also note that this meeting is intended for participants of the program only. Due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), parents/guardians are not permitted to attend this session.  In the event that any parents do come to the meeting, we will kindly ask them to exit the room regardless of how far they may have traveled to get to the meeting.  Therefore, please plan accordingly.  We do, however, encourage you to share relevant information about the program with your parents, as we understand that they may be curious about what to expect with your experience abroad.

To help you prepare to apply for your Tier-4 General Student Visa, we will be holding an optional visa workshop. This workshop will walk you through the application process, define key terms, discuss the application timeline, and answer any questions you may have. There will also be a special overview for international students.

The workshop will be held on April 19, 2017 from 5:00-6:00PM in the College of Arts & Sciences (725 Commonwealth Avenue) – Room 316.

Before attending, please take the time to read through the Tier-4 Visa Instructions and prepare any questions you might have.

Flight Information

Each term, we work with Advantage Travel to offer an optional group flight, round-trip from the East Coast to London. The cost of the group flight is included in the program fee. Students are not required to take the group flight, however all students are required to submit a round-trip itinerary for our records. Keep in mind that late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.

The itinerary and booking directions for the group flight will be emailed as soon as they become available. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding flights:

Why should I book a spot on the group flight?
Once you confirm a reservation on the group flight, Boston University will be billed directly by the travel agency, since the cost of the flight is included in the program fee. Also, all travel booked through Advantage Travel will be monitored by the travel agency on the day of departure, and they will be able to assist with any schedule changes, delays, or missed connections. The flight also allows you to travel with other students from the program.

How do I reserve a seat on the group flight?
Specific booking instructions and detailed group flight itineraries will be emailed directly to students.

What if I need to book a connecting flight to the departure city?
If you will be traveling from elsewhere prior to the group flight, Advantage Travel can also assist you with reserving a flight to the departure city.

What if I want to arrange my own travel?
If you prefer to travel independently from the group, you are welcome to do so. Advantage Travel can assist you with reservations from a different airport or on different dates, or you can make a reservation completely on your own. You must arrive at your residence by Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 12 pm and depart on Thursday, December 14, 2017Housing will not be provided before or after these dates, and late arrivals/early departures are not permitted. Once you have confirmed your independent travel, make sure to report your flight information through the Boston University International Travel Registry.

Arrival Information

You must arrive to your housing in South Kensington by Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 12 PM and depart on Thursday, December 14, 2017. All students on our London programs are responsible for their own transportation between the airport and our South Kensington site. Details regarding ground transportation options will be provided by the BU London staff later in the semester via the London Personal Page. They will list estimated costs and travel options from Heathrow Airport. There will not be staff to meet students at the airport upon arrival.

If you will be traveling independently and will not be able to arrive in South Kensington by 12pm, you will need to make specific arrangements with the London staff prior to booking your flight to make sure you can check in upon arrival. You can email the London Student Life staff at studentlife@bu-london.co.uk to make any necessary arrangements.

If You are a Citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) Country: You do not need to apply for a Tier-4 visa. Please reference here to see a list of EEA Countries.

If you are a Citizen of a Country Outside of the EEA, U.S., or Canada: You must apply in the United States for your Tier-4 UK visa. Please follow the process below through the UK Consulate in New York. If you are currently residing in your home country, please apply through your local UK Consulate. Note that UK Consulates may request additional or alternative application materials from students, thus it is important to use the below process as a guide, but to also adhere to any additional regulations as required by your local UK Consulate.

All students must have a valid Tier-4 General Student visa to participate in the London Internship Program. You may not apply sooner than 90 days before the start of the program (June 6, 2017). The visa process is broken down into 5 sequential steps – one cannot come before the other. Read all instructions before starting the application process.

Visa applications must be mailed to the consulate no later than July 26, 2017  in order to be processed on time. If you are applying after this date you MUST expedite your application and contact your program manager. The typical processing time is between 14 – 21 business days, from receipt at consulate, but the whole process takes about 6 weeks to complete.

The below information has been prepared by Boston University Study Abroad based on the most recent information provided by the relevant immigration agency (E.G. consulate, embassy, etc.). It is each student’s responsibility to compile and apply for their visa based on their specific citizenship. Visas are granted by foreign governments only, Boston University does not play a role in visa issuance, nor can we influence immigration policy. While we do our best to keep instructions as up-to-date as possible, visa requirements are subject to change without our knowledge. Ultimately obtaining a visa in a timely manner, and related costs incurred, are a student’s responsibility. Failure to acquire a visa will preclude participation in the program.

Before you apply:

You will need to have your actual, signed passport in hand. Make sure it is valid for 6 months after the program end date.

Application Steps:

Step One:

Upload a copy of your passport signature and picture pages to the London Personal Page Visa and Passport tab, and input passport information in the fields provided.

Once the upload is complete, you can request “Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies” (CAS) number. You should receive that number on your London Personal Page within 5-7 business days.


Step Two:

Create an account for your visa application on the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) website. The application has 4 sequential parts (you must complete them in order):

1. Questionnaire: using the Fall 2017 Tier-4 Visa Application Sample Form as a guide, fill out and submit a Tier-4 (General) Student Visa application. Make sure you DO NOT select a “sponsored” visa sub-type.

Note: The application system may ask you to input information for a Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP) and for a Health Surcharge. Students on a one-semester program are not required to have these. To get through these steps, please see the instructions in our Tier 4 FAQs for students.  

2. Biometrics: Schedule a biometrics appointment after you submit your online visa application. This appointment can only be made using the online application system. Every student must have a biometrics appointment. There are no exceptions. Please aware that some biometrics appointments are for premium visa applicants only (please see Step Five for more information on premium appointments and fees) and these should be avoided for standard applicants.

3. Payment: Pay the visa fee of approx. $450.00 after you schedule your biometrics appointment. The charge will come from the UK, so you may want to alert your bank or credit card company before you place the payment to avoid rejected payments.

4. Print: Print your completed online application and biometrics confirmation form from the online application system.

5. APPLICATIONS OUTSIDE U.S. ONLY: We do not recommend students apply outside the United States. Students who may be applying in countries outside the United States are responsible for adhering to their local UK Consulate’s Tier-4 requirements and may use the BU Study Abroad recommendations as guidelines only. Requirements may differ from consulate to consulate, and BU Study Abroad cannot fully advise on international consulate regulations.

Step Three:

Attend your biometrics appointment. During this appointment, no evaluation of your visa application will take place. Electronic finger prints and a photo will be taken and stored in the US State Department database. To attend this appointment, you will need to bring:

    • Your actual passport, signed
    • Biometrics Confirmation Form (printed from your UKVI account. An email will NOT substitute)
    • Printed Tier-4 visa application (from your UKVI account)

NOTE: Your full visa application is expected to be sent to the consulate for processing within 5 days of this appointment, so schedule appropriately. There is some leniency on this timeline, particularly for students who participate in group mailings.

Step Four:

Assemble all application and supplemental materials. Use the checklist and sample image below to make sure that you have all the necessary documents and their required characteristics. Note that any deviation from this list could result in severe delays or a rejection of your visa application.

*As of 2017, a passport-style photo is no longer required on the first page of the visa application.

Checklist of Items to Include In Visa Mailing

Tier-4 Visa Envelope Image

Step Five:

Submit your full visa application to the British Consulate General in New York. If you are applying in the US, you must use the New York consulate. The only way to submit your full visa application is by mail – in person appointments, drop-offs, and pick-ups are not allowed. Applications are typically processed in 14-21 business days, upon arrival at the consulate.

THERE ARE THREE METHODS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR FULL APPLICATION:

1. Use a group mailing through the BU Study Abroad office.

-  Choose one mailing date (Jun. 28, Jul. 7 or Jul. 19), and purchase return shipping through VFS Global. You will need to purchase a return envelope (a bubble mailer works well) and attach the shipping label that is provided to you.

Please use the following information on the VFS Global website when purchasing your shipping label – “Country of Residence” is the country you are apply IN and  “Visa Category” is “Points Based System Tier 4 (UK Mainland). When selecting shipping, students should choose "Return Courier Service".

-  Submit your application to the BU Study Abroad office. Once received, program managers will look for errors, and mail applications in a group to the New York Consulate.

-  The advantage of this method is increased accuracy of your application, and occasionally reduced processing times. You will need to submit your application to the study abroad office exactly the same as you would send it to the consulate. If you need to expedite your visa application, please submit independently. 

2.  Mail your visa application independently to the British Consulate in New York.

-  Purchase round trip shipping through VFS Global. You will need to purchase 2 envelopes (bubble mailers work well), and attach the shipping labels that are provided to you. Be sure that you will be at the address you indicate as your return address for at least 4 weeks after mailing. Keep in mind winter and summer breaks, and your campus’s mail forwarding process when selecting an address.

Note: please use the following information on the VFS Global website when purchasing your shipping label – “Country of Residence” is the country you are apply IN and  “Visa Category” is “Points Based System Tier 4 (UK Mainland). When selecting shipping, students should choose "Round-Trip Courier Service".

-  This method might be right for you if you have international travel plans, need to expedite your application, or if you are unable to submit your application for a group mailing. You may request a time to meet with your program manager, either in person or by phone, to go over your full application prior to mailing.

3. Attend a premium appointment at a UK Consulate in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Houston, Washington DC, Miami, Los Angeles, or Chicago. *Additional fees apply

There are select UK Consulates in the US where you can attend your biometrics and submit your Tier-4 application in person at one time - these are called premium appointments and centers. These consulates will send your documents to the UK Consulate in New York for premium application processing, but do require additional fees above and beyond the cost of the Tier-4 visa. Students selecting premium appointments will be required to attend their biometrics at the application center and will submit their applications in person to the UK Consulate instead of by mail.

You must bring your completed and signed Tier-4 UK visa application, passport, passport identification page photocopy, and biometrics confirmation sheet.

Fees vary depending on the package chosen ($235 - $1,645) so please be very careful to read through what is included in your package before purchasing and scheduling your premium appointment with a UK Consulate.

 What Happens Next?…

  • Update your London Personal Page with your visa progress: Your biometrics date, the date your visa was mailed to the consulate, and the date you receive your passport back from the consulate.
  • Read our Tier 4 FAQs for students if you run into issues while applying. If you are still having issues, contact your Program Manager (Shannon Williams or Corey Blackmar).
  • Watch your email! The British Consulate will likely email you when your application has been opened, and when your visa has been issued. They may also email you if they find a problem with your application, as well as time sensitive instructions for resolving the problem. Follow any instructions they send exactly to ensure your visa is issued.
  • Check that all the information is correct when you receive your visa. Issued visas will be mailed back to you, and will appear as a sticker in one of the back pages of your passport.  If something is wrong, alert your Program Manager right away.
  • Plan your round-trip travel to and from the UK.  Tier-4 visas are only valid 7 days prior to, and 7 days after the program start and end dates – you must adhere to these dates for your travels or risk potentially severe repercussions.

Schengen Visa Information:

Some citizenships require a Schengen Visa for travel on the European continent. If you are unsure if you need one, reference this list, and check with the consulate of the country in which you plan on spending the majority of your time, or are entering first within the Schengen zone.

You should only apply for a Schengen Visa after you receive your Tier-4 visa. Every country in the Schengen zone processes visas slightly differently, and processing times will vary. Please follow the instructions carefully when applying.

You will likely be asked to provide a basic travel itinerary for the application, so please plan your continental travels accordingly. You may not miss class or your internship for travel.

Your Tier-4 visa will allow you unlimited travel within the UK during your stay.

You must submit your full visa application to the British Consulate General in New York. If you are applying in the US, you must use the New York consulate. The only way to submit your full visa application is by mail – in person appointments, drop-offs, and pick-ups are not allowed. Applications are typically processed in 14-21 business days, upon arrival at the consulate.

All applications must be received by the British Consulate General by July 26, 2017 for regular processing. If the consulate receives your visa after July 26, you have to expedite the processing (see instructions below).

THERE ARE THREE METHODS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR FULL APPLICATION:

1. Use a group mailing through the BU Study Abroad office.

-  Choose one mailing date (Jun. 28, Jul. 7, or Jul. 19), and purchase return shipping through VFS Global. You will need to purchase a return envelope (a bubble mailer works well) and attach the shipping label that is provided to you.

Please use the following information on the VFS Global website when purchasing your shipping label – “Country of Residence” is the country you are apply IN and  “Visa Category” is “Points Based System Tier 4 (UK Mainland). When selecting shipping, students should choose "Return Courier Service".

-  Submit your application to the BU Study Abroad office. Once received, program managers will look for errors, and mail applications in a group to the New York Consulate.

-  The advantage of this method is increased accuracy of your application, and occasionally reduced processing times. You will need to submit your application to the study abroad office exactly the same as you would send it to the consulate. If you need to expedite your visa application, please submit independently. 

2. Mail your visa application independently to the British Consulate in New York.

-  Purchase round trip shipping through VFS Global. You will need to purchase 2 envelopes (bubble mailers work well), and attach the shipping labels that are provided to you. Be sure that you will be at the address you indicate as your return address for at least 4 weeks after mailing. Keep in mind winter and summer breaks, and your campus’s mail forwarding process when selecting an address.

Note: please use the following information on the VFS Global website when purchasing your shipping label – “Country of Residence” is the country you are apply IN and  “Visa Category” is “Points Based System Tier 4 (UK Mainland). When selecting shipping, students should choose "Round-Trip Courier Service".

-  This method might be right for you if you have international travel plans, need to expedite your application, or if you are unable to submit your application for a group mailing. You may request a time to meet with your program manager, either in person or by phone, to go over your full application prior to mailing.

3. Attend a premium appointment at a UK Consulate in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Houston, Washington DC, Miami, Los Angeles, or Chicago. *Additional fees apply

There are select UK Consulates in the US where you can attend your biometrics and submit your Tier-4 application in person at one time - these are called premium appointments and centers. These consulates will send your documents to the UK Consulate in New York for premium application processing, but do require additional fees above and beyond the cost of the Tier-4 visa. Students selecting premium appointments will be required to attend their biometrics at the application center and will submit their applications in person to the UK Consulate instead of by mail.

You must bring your completed and signed Tier-4 UK visa application, passport, passport identification page photocopy, and biometrics confirmation sheet.

Fees vary depending on the package chosen ($235 - $1,645) so please be very careful to read through what is included in your package before purchasing and scheduling your premium appointment with a UK Consulate.

Expediting Instructions:

Faster visa processing at the UK Consulate in New York is available for an extra fee of $189.00 (subject to change). Normal processing time is between 14-21 business days from receipt, whereas expediting using the Priority Service takes 6-10 business days from the date of receipt (excluding mail time). You must follow the steps below exactly, or expedited processing will be refused. The Priority Service is managed by VFS Global, a trusted partner of the British Consulate.

Step One: Priority Service should be purchased before mailing your full application. See the VFS Global website here to purchase.

- “Country of Residence” is the country you are apply IN
- “Visa Category” is “Points Based System Tier 4 (UK Mainland)”

Step Two: Include the payment receipt in your full application package that you mail to the British Consulate. They must see proof of Priority Service payment.

Step Three: Write “Priority Service” in large letters, in permanent marker, on both sides of the outermost envelope you use to mail your full application. This is the only way the consulate will know to pull your package aside for faster processing.

International Health Insurance and Evacuation Coverage:

All students participating in our programs will be automatically enrolled in a plan which includes comprehensive health and evacuation insurance. This coverage is provided by GeoBlue, and policy information will be sent to you via email. In the meantime we encourage you to review the insurance information we provide on our website.

If you need assistance in planning for your medical needs abroad—such as determining coverage of a specific case, availability of prescription medication, or scheduling an appointment with a doctor or counselor—you can contact GeoBlue even before you are officially enrolled in the plan. Use the GeoBlue contact information at the link above and identify yourself as a Boston University program participant in need of assistance with “pre-trip planning.”

Preparing To Live in the UK:

Study abroad can be both mentally and physically challenging, so it is important for you to prepare as much as possible now for your health and safety during your time abroad. Although there are no required immunizations for your time in London, we recommend that you we recommend that you consider the following:

  • Take the time now to read the BU Study Abroad Health and Safety webpage.
  • If you have not been feeling well, make an appointment with your doctor for a checkup.
  • If you anticipate needing any dental, optical, or other procedures, plan to have them completed before departure.
  • If you are experiencing any emotional, eating, or substance abuse issues, seek professional counsel and consider deferring your participation in an overseas program, if necessary.
  • If you have had difficulties coping with change, stress or anxiety in the past (whether or not it was professionally diagnosed), or are hoping that time spent overseas will help you solve a problem facing you at home, or on campus, you should talk to a medical professional before studying abroad.

Medications and Prescriptions:

If you take regular medications, please consult with your local primary care physician prior to the program departure to obtain the necessary supply of your medications for the duration of the program as well as a written prescription. You may not have medications shipped to you overseas due to customs regulations. If found in transit, medications may be confiscated and you could be fined.

If for any reason you cannot be prescribed or transport the full supply of your medication, you will need to see a local doctor in London to get a new prescription. Please follow these steps to work with your normal doctor in the US, and GeoBlue to make a plan ahead of time. 

  1. Call GeoBlue insurance directly, identify yourself as a BU Student and ask to engage in “pre-trip planning”. GeoBlue can help you identify if your medication is available in the UK, and help set up an appointment with a doctor in London so that you can start the re-prescribing process straight away.
  2. Once you know if your medications are available, have your current doctor(s) write a letter indicating the conditions the medications are for, the dosages, the generic chemical names, etc. You can bring this with you to your doctor’s appointment in London, along with a paper version of your current prescription.

The on-site staff will discuss the healthcare system in the UK in detail, during your on-site orientation.

If you have a mental health, emotional, learning, or physical disability that would require reasonable accommodations in order to complete the requirements of the program, you must obtain approval from BU’s Office of Disability Services. To initiate the approval request process, complete this Request for Accomodations Form (RAF) and submit it to access@bu.edu or 19 Deerfield St. second floor, Boston, MA  02215. Please note that certain accommodations that you receive on your home campus may not be available at your program site, so the earlier that you are in contact with their office for advising, the better. The process for arranging accommodations may take several weeks.

If you are currently consulting with a mental health professional, you must seek their counsel about the advisability of your participation in a study abroad program, especially as related to your adjustment to new cultural, academic, and housing environments and the availability of therapeutic or medical support while you are away from your home campus. If you have questions about the support available at your program destination, please contact abroad@bu.edu.

Have you completed everything in Phases 1 and 2? Here is a self-check to make sure you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re keeping track of any upcoming deadlines and budgeting enough time to complete them on-time. If you missed a deadline, be sure to check in with you Program Manager and complete that task right away.

You should have completed:

(From Phase 1)

  • Confirmed your participation via your BU Study Abroad Application, paid your program deposit, and filled out the accompanying online forms.
  • Watched the Pre-Departure Roadmap Webinar
  • Submitted your SED Questionnaire and UK Resume
  • Submitted your photo and received access to your London Personal Page – Before MAY 1
  • Registered for the “Global Learning Experience” 1-credit course (optional)

(From Phase 2)

  • Attended your Pre-Departure Meeting – APR 10
  • Attended the Tier-4 Visa Workshop (optional) – APR 19
  • Booked your seat on the group flight (optional)
  • Completed and submitted your Tier-4 UK Visa Application
  • Made any necessary doctors appointments and located your nearest travel clinic for immunizations.
  • Contacted GeoBlue for “Pre-Trip Planning” (if necessary)
  • Contacted BU Disability Services to plan for academic accommodations and other support services (if necessary)

[— END Phase 2—]

[— Phase 3: Final Considerations (July 15 – Departure)—]

*Please note that Housing Registration for Fall 2017 is not currently open. Housing registration will become available on July 21, 2017. Students participating on the London School of Education Program will select housing in Sorbonne House*

Students live in furnished apartments with other students in Boston University’s London programs. The apartments are within walking distance of the BU London Academic Center. They vary in size, configuration, and style of decoration, but most consist of shared bedrooms (two to four students per bedroom) with an attached bath/shower room as well as a communal living/dining room with cooking facilities. Telephone and Internet access are provided in each of the apartments. Bed linens are provided but towels are not.  The kitchen has essential cookware as well as dishes and cutlery.

Housing is selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students respond to an email survey issued by BU London, and are allocated to a bed space in an open room in one of our three buildings. Most rooms are multiple occupancy – doubles, triples and quads. The deadline for housing selection will be July 26, 2017. After the deadline, housing will be assigned by the BU Student Life staff.

For more information on our housing buildings in London, you can look at all the BU London housing options, here.

Any housing questions should be directed to studentlife@bu-london.co.uk.

For students needing to request a single room for medical reasons: You must upload a physician’s letter that clearly describes the medical need to your Personal Page before the deadline. You’ll find this option under the “roommate preference” tab on the Personal Page housing section, and be sure to also check the button to indicate that you would like a single room. Your single room request will be reviewed by BU’s Office of Disability Services, and does not guarantee a single room. Please note that it is not likely for a medical single to be approved for insomnia, IBS, or ADD/ADHD. The deadline to request a medical single will be posted on the London Personal Page .

If you would like a single room out of personal preference, add your request to the “Add Confidential Information” section in the roommate preferences tab (within the Housing section) and check the button to indicate that you would like a single room. Your single application will be reviewed by request date and honored if possible.

The final tab is optional and would only be filled out if you would like to request a single or if you would like to note something in confidence to the London staff.

As you are working directly with students in the UK, you are required by the UK government to get a state-level criminal background check before you depart for London. When you receive the results of your background check, please scan and email the results to the Ruben Parra and bring the original copy with you to the UK.

Students who are Massachusetts residents, or attend university in Massachusetts are eligible for a Massachusetts state background check, called a CORI. Non-Massachusetts residents will need to get a state background check from the state in which they are a resident. Each state will have different processes and requirements. A background check from your state police department is generally acceptable.

CORI Process and Request Form

In Massachusetts, the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) is the official document that is issued when a background check is requested.

Anyone with a Massachusetts mailing address, including BU students and students who attend other schools in Massachusetts, may request a copy of their CORI from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services.

CORI Request Form – NEW   (fill out according to our  Sample CORI Request Form – NEW)

Students should submit their completed CORI request form by mail to address the on the request form. The general processing time is three weeks.

International Travel Registry

All students are required to report their confirmed travel plans through the Boston University International Travel Registry, regardless of whether you have reserved a spot on the group flight or will be traveling independently. Registration allows BU to communicate with you when incidents affecting travel and operations occur overseas, including natural disasters, civil unrest, or outbreak of disease.

It’s essential that you call your bank and credit card companies to let them know you’ll be studying abroad. You’ll need to tell them what country (or countries) you’ll be visiting, and the dates you’ll be away. If you don’t let them know, they may freeze your accounts, assuming your card has been used fraudulently. When you call your bank, you should ask them about the fees you may incur when using your debit/credit cards internationally.

We do not recommend opening a UK bank account. The fees for transferring funds both to and from UK, and the time it takes to set up and close the account, outweigh the benefits. Plan to use your current bank and credit cards. Some students in the past have opened credit cards that have specific benefits for travel – like waiving international transaction fees – and have saved money that way. You’ll need to assess what is right for you.

Outside of the UK, there may be banks that partner with your US bank. One of these partnerships is the Global ATM Alliance – a joint venture of several major international banks that allows customers of their banks to use their ATM card or debit card at another bank within the Global ATM Alliance with no international ATM access fees. Other fees, such as an international transaction or foreign currency fee, may still apply.

All students need to have access to a local UK mobile phone number while on their program. A phone or sim card can be purchased locally in London upon arrival. These phone numbers will also work while traveling around continental Europe.

All students should purchase pay-as-you-go phones or sim cards. We do not advise getting a monthly plan where you need to sign a contract, or cancel your subscription.

If you would like to continue using your current smartphone with a UK sim card, be sure to check that your phone is compatible with European band sim cards, and if it needs to be unlocked ahead of time by your US carrier. If you do not want to unlock your phone, then you can always purchase a basic UK phone, and use your current smartphone on airplane mode with WiFi, when it’s available. Public WiFi locations are plentiful around London.

We do not recommend using an international plan from your current US mobile provider. These plans are often much more expensive than what you’ll pay in London, and not nearly as reliable. You will also not have a local UK number, which is essential. These plans are appropriate for a vacation, not for an entire semester abroad.

Internet Access:

BU London is equipped with secure WiFi throughout the campus. Public WiFi is also plentiful around London. You may find that internet speeds differ from what you are used to in the US – try to be patient!

Most students communicate with their family and friends at home using internet calling apps, as opposed to using their UK mobile phones. Some popular, reliable, and free (!) apps include:

  • Skype (voice and video calling, messaging)
  • FaceTime/iMessage (Apple products only)
  • What’s App (mobile messaging)
  • Viber (voice and video calling, messaging)

You should consider downloading some of these apps prior to departure, and helping those who you’ll want to communicate with to download them as well.

In addition to basic clothing and personal items, we recommend the following for packing:

Luggage:

-Use bags that are light and sturdy – one large, one carry on, one shoulder bag or backpack
-Pack only what you can carry easily yourself
-Check airline restrictions on weight and number of bags you can take aboard. Overage fees may apply
-Do not plan on shipping items abroad. Items may get tied up in customs and either arrive late, or, in some cases, not at all.

Pack in your carry on:

-Passport
-UK immigration letter (found on London Personal Page)
-Directions to your flat (found on London Personal Page)
-Full roundtrip flight itinerary
-Prescription medications

Recommended Items:

-Professional attire for teaching practicum placements (Dress will vary depending upon the type of school placement and level of formality)
-One bath towel to start (Bed linens and pillows, and all kitchen supplies are provided, but towels are not. You can purchase more after you arrive in London)
-Universal outlet converters
-Voltage converters are not necessary, as any electronics requiring voltage conversion should be left at home and purchased locally in London
-Rain and cold-weather clothing (Winter is fairly mild in the UK, however please be prepared for some cold and wet weather in November and December)
-External hard drive or USB drive for backing up academic work

What NOT to bring:

-US-based international cell phone plan (see mobile phones section above for more information)
-Sentimental items you can’t replace
-Personal appliances like hairdryers, straighteners, and shavers
-Inexpensive replacements can be purchased in London. US voltage and European voltages are different and often cause issues with small appliances. Electronics like laptops, battery chargers, etc. have built in voltage converters.

BU Students: 

The Fall 2017 payment deadline is August 3, 2017. You will use the StudentLink “Money Matters” tab to view and pay your bill, as usual.  Any questions regarding your bill or making payments should be directed to BU Student Accounting Services at studenta@bu.edu.

Non-BU Students:

The Fall 2017 payment deadline is August 3, 2017. Please contact your home institution to discuss your specific billing arrangement with Boston University.  Any additional questions regarding your bill or making payments should be directed to abroad@bu.edu.  Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Have You Changed Your Mind?

If you are considering withdrawing from your Study Abroad program, please thoroughly review the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds. Please keep in mind that at any time after your admission to the program there may be non-recoverable costs associated with withdrawing from the program. Examples of non-recoverable costs may include, but are not limited to, housing costs, excursions or academic costs.

It is important to note that the program starts on August 29, 2017 and is more than 12 weeks long. The last day to notify our office in writing of your withdrawal prior to being responsible for a portion of the program fee is August 21, 2017.

Have you completed everything in Phases 1, 2 and 3? Here is a self-check to make sure you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re keeping track of any upcoming deadlines and budgeting enough time to complete them on-time. If you missed a deadline, be sure to check in with you Program Manager and complete that task right away.

You should have completed:

(From Phase 1)

  • Confirmed your participation via your BU Study Abroad Application, paid your program deposit, and filled out the accompanying online forms.
  • Watched the Pre-Departure Roadmap Webinar
  • Submitted your SED Questionnaire and UK Resume
  • Submitted your photo and received access to your London Personal Page – Before MAY 1
  • Registered for the “Global Learning Experience” 1-credit course (optional)

(From Phase 2)

  • Attended your Pre-Departure Meeting – APR 10
  • Attended the Tier-4 Visa Workshop (optional) – APR 19
  • Booked your seat on the group flight (optional)
  • Completed and submitted your Tier-4 UK Visa Application
  • Made any necessary doctors appointments and located your nearest travel clinic for immunizations.
  • Contacted GeoBlue for “Pre-Trip Planning” (if necessary)
  • Contacted BU Disability Services to plan for academic accommodations and other support services (if necessary)

(From Phase 3)

  • Selected your housing – JUL 31
  • Applied for and received your state-level background check
  • Submitted your travel plans via the International Travel Registry
  • Called your bank and credit card companies to let them know you’ll be studying abroad. Asked about any banking reciprocity agreements they may have, as well as any fees you may incur.
  • Decided if you’re going to use your current mobile phone abroad, or get a new phone after you arrive. If you’re going to use your own phone, be sure to get it unlocked at least a week ahead of departure.
  • Made a reasonable communication plan with your family and friends
  • Reviewed your packing list and purchased any essentials
  • Read your “In-Country Guide”
  • Settled your Boston University Student Account

[— END Phase 3 —]

[— In-Country Guide —]

1.       Get To Know London

Welcome to London! You’ve chosen to study in a world-class city that’s stood the test of time, and has been a global epicenter for trade, politics, business, and culture for hundreds of years! To begin learning about the United Kingdom and London (a city colloquially known as “The Big Smoke”), check out some of the useful resources below:

History

Geography

 

 

Politics

Other Useful UK Resources

 

Getting to know local and international news from an UK perspective is a great way to prepare for the upcoming semester. Listed below are links to many different types of media:

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
The Telegraph
DailyMail
The Guardian
The Independent
Metro UK
LBC London News
TimeOut London
The London Magazine
Business London Magazine
Londonist
Radio 1 – BBC

2.      Daily Life

Students will get a chance to hone their cooking skills in London with a shared kitchen in each flat.  Students have a designated cupboard to keep dry goods and share the refrigerators in the kitchen.  There are many grocery and specialty food stores within walking distance. On arrivals day students will have a walking tour of the area to get acclimated with the nearest shops and stores where they can stock up for the upcoming week. In addition, the area has plenty of restaurants nearby for all budgets, including cafes, international fare and traditional English pubs.

Students with any food allergies should contact the Student Life office well before the start of the semester, so that accommodations can be made, if possible. Due to the shared kitchens, some accommodations may not be possible.

Information on housing can be found in the following link: Housing Information

Dress is comparatively more formal in the UK than in the US, particularly for social outings such as going out to eat, to pubs and clubs, and for special occasions. UK sensibility does tend to lean more towards simpler patterns and colors along with heavier fabrics, particularly in the colder months. Simple, sturdy and neat-looking outfits will be best for everyday wear and especially for those on internship placements. However, in the posh streets of London you will find that many also dress for style as well. With a history of cutting-edge fashion, it is not uncommon to see a few flashy outfits about town. Clothes are typically worn with more of a tailored look in the UK. Students will find that most Londoners will compliment their outfits with sport coats, hats, and smart-looking bags or jewelry.

London does not experience some of the harsh weather of the US, and so bringing heavy raincoats and rain boots is not advised. Visitors are easily spotted for donning their rain gear out in public, so the best option is to have a sturdy umbrella and regular jacket or coat with closed shoes.

3.      Student Life

The SO 301 course begins at the University of Roehampton campus and, after practicums commence, continue in one of the Boston University buildings, either the academic center or in a classroom in one of the residence halls.  All of Boston University buildings are in South Kensington within a 10-20 minute walk from one another.

All practicum experiences take place at varying types of schools throughout greater London. Students will have varying commutes to their practicum placements and should plan to utilize facilities at both their school and at BU London to complete their work.

Library – The London programs have a library in the lower level of the academic center.  Students can borrow books, DVDs and other study materials.  In addition, there are a number of computers as well as a printer where students can print papers.  Here is a link to more information about printing and computers.

Gyms – Students can join a number of gyms in the area, including a gym at Imperial College.  More information can be found on the London Personal Page under the Messages and Orders tab.  Or once they arrive in London, students can inquire at the Student Life Office about other available gym options.

Students can purchase their textbooks for classes in the BU London Library at the start of the semester.

The London Student Life Office offers a large number of optional events and trips open to all students. For SED students, it is very important to note that work schedules may conflict with some daytime or early evening activities, and so students should wait until they receive the details of their placements before joining Social Programme activities.

BU London Social Programme

There are a number of events and activities that you may like to attend while in London. BU London has a number of tickets for these events that you may purchase through your Personal Page. There are limited numbers of tickets for these events so be sure to book your place if you would like to attend. The ticket cost will be charged to your BU Boston account.

Refunds: All purchases are non-refundable. However, tickets may be exchanged between students. More information will be available during the London Orientation.

Below are examples of past and current Social Program activities.

London Eye                                                                Royal Court Theatre

Little Venice Boating Tour                                          Harry Potter: Studio Tour

Edinburgh                                                                  Wales Adventures

St. Paul’s and Tea at the Tate                                    Windsor Castle

Edinburgh                                                                  Polo

Tour of Chelsea FC                                                   Wembley: Portugal v. England Football

Tower of London Tour                                              London Bridge

Tour of Parliament                                                     Climb the O2

Cricket                                                                       Queen’s AEGEON Tennis Championship

Jack the Ripper Tour                                                 Kensington Palace

uk soccer  Harry Potter

 

Whether this is your first or fifth internship, you can expect many challenges as you navigate your teaching placement in London.  University of Roehampton is a great resource. We have also found the following links for your review:

“The Surprising UK Business Culture” – Expatica
“British Business Culture” – Passport to Trade
“Differences Between US and UK Business Culture” – LinkedIn
“Common Language Doesn’t Equal Common Culture” – Harvard Business Review

London SED students are commuting to the University of Roehampton for their SO 301 course for the first two weeks of the semester. They then begin their teaching placements, which are spread out throughout greater London and can vary greatly in terms of whether the school is public or private, religiously affiliated or non-religious, diverse or homogeneous, etc. Students are placed according to their preferences on the SED Questionnaire.

All students will conduct a two-week takeover of their classroom as part of their term. Following the two-week takeover, students are provided a final feedback consultation with their cooperating teacher and then complete their placement. Students on other programs may have a similar academic schedule or it may differ for students taking courses at a partner university.

Attendance is critical for all programs due to the visa regulations.  The London office must have accurate attendance information in order to maintain its highly trusted status with the UK government. Attendance is taken for every class.  More information on the attendance policy can be found here.

4.      Money Matters

It is incredibly difficult to open a bank account in London.  Most students just use their credit card to make purchases or their ATM card to withdraw British Pounds.  Before you leave you may want to check out which credit cards waive the transaction fees.  Previous students have said that credit cards associated with airlines sometimes waive the foreign transaction fees.

While there may be other websites on tipping in the UK, we found this website helpful: Tipping Guide

While London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, there are a number of free or inexpensive ways to enjoy the city.  The Student Life Office can offer many suggestions or resources in helping you keep on budget.

-Take the bus and see London – Get a sense of the city by traveling above ground, especially in the top of the double-decker buses.
-Museums are free and within walking distance of the BU buildings.
-Hyde Park is right nearby the Crofton – a great place to jog or walk.
-Take advantage of the discounted theater, day and weekend trips offered by the BU London Social Programme
-London Time Out Magazine has a of upcoming free or reduced cost events and activities
-Have potlucks with your flatmates – dining in is much less expensive than eating out

 

5.      Traveling

Nearly all local transport around London (buses, the Tube, etc.) are operated by Transport for London. You can learn more about all the local transportation options, explore maps, and plan trips at their website: Transport for London

One of the most exciting prospects of studying abroad is the ability to travel outside your city limits and explore other parts of the country or even other countries. Although the temptation to begin planning early is strong, BU London requests that all students not book any personal travels until after they arrive on-site in London.

Students are not provided their program schedule until the program orientation. Therefore, course timetables and commitments will not be known beforehand, and you must not miss course or internship hours due to personal travel. Hours missed for personal travel will ultimately disrupt the requirements of your Tier-4 UK visa and could lead to termination of your immigration status.

There are some advantages to waiting until arrival to book personal travel. First, BU London operates its own set of events and activities called the Social Programme. Students can sign up for Social Programme tickets and receive discounted access to many local happenings such as sporting events, theater performances, and socials. Waiting to book travel will ensure that you are not missing any Social Programme events you wished to participate in, and can plan your travel weekends around them. Second, BU London will host a small fair during orientation where local student travel companies will be present to promote their own trips, many of them regional and international. Some of these student-focused trips are at a discounted or inclusive cost to students, which can ultimately be less expensive than planning trips on your own beforehand. Also, this will enable you to hopefully book trips with your fellow program participants.

The BU Academic Center has a small library of travel guides for students to review. The staff are also a great resource on regional travel and can assist you if you are looking to plan any trips.

6.      Staying Healthy

The UK healthcare system bears much resemblance to the US system, and so students do not experience a great disconnect when seeking medical treatment. When in London, students will have access to Doctors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Specialist care. Students will not have to pay upfront for these services if the correct procedures are followed, that is, student will have to phone GeoBlue, give their certificate/policy number and GeoBlue will authorize the visit. A list of local clinicians will be provided in London.

In cases of emergencies students should seek help immediately at the local hospital:

Chelsea & Westminster (Accident & Emergency 24 hours)
369 Fulham Road
SW10 9NH
0208 764 8000

If you need an ambulance you (or a friend or RA) should ring 999.

It is essential that you take care of yourself by eating well and getting sufficient sleep. Study abroad can be exciting and sometimes overwhelming. Keeping healthy is a key part of making your semester a success.

If you need to talk to someone about how you are feeling or any ongoing health issues our staff are ready to listen. Advice in a strictly medical situation should be obtained from a local doctor. Our staff can help point you to the appropriate people.

In the event that you need to see a specialist while in the UK as part of on-going support or treatment program, please do your best to organize it in advance from the US. Otherwise, we can refer you to our local doctor for further direction.

7.      Staying Safe

Embassy of the United States in London
24 Grosvenor Square
London
W1A 2LQ
+44 20 7499 9000

The London office will have extensive information on safety in London.  In addition they have listed safety information on the BU London website.  We have also gathered safety information from other resources for you to review:

“Staying Safe in London” – VisitLondon
“London Health & Safety” – TripAdvisor
“Staying Safe” – Transport for London
“Visitor Information” – Metropolitan Police London

8.      “Being You” Abroad


Identities Abroad

As you prepare for your study abroad experience, you’ll want to consider aspects of your identity and how these may be perceived and treated in the culture you’ll be spending time in. You may encounter varying and even opposing perceptions of your identity, which could include your gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, ethnicity, and possibly several others. Although some of this will be covered in your on-site orientation, we encourage you to do some research into social norms, cultural mores, and local practices before your program begins. We want you to participate as much as possible in the host culture and should be prepared for the experience, which can be both personally challenging and rewarding.

LGBTQ Resources

Disability resources

Women’s and Gender Resources

Racial and Ethnic Students from the Global Majority

Resources for Religious and Spiritual Groups Abroad

Agnostic/Atheist/Humanist

Buddhism

Christianity

Hinduism

Islam

Judaism

Resources for all Students


[— END In-Country Guide —]

[— The Fine Print —]

As a student who will be directly enrolled in one or more courses at a foreign university, you are subject to a set of specific policies that apply to your classes, credits, and grades on this program. You are expected to be familiar with these policies before going abroad. Please read the academic policies below and make sure you understand them fully. You may download a copy of these policies here. Contact your Program Manager if you have any questions.

ACADEMIC POLICIES FOR STUDENTS DIRECTLY ENROLLING IN COURSES AT A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY

You will be enrolled in a course or courses at a university whose policies, teaching methods, and grading systems will differ from Boston University’s. Please read the policies outlined below very carefully and refer to your program-specific informational materials, which may include additional policies that modify or supplement the below.

  1. Full-time status. You are required to maintain full-time student status, equivalent to 12 or more BU credits per semester, while abroad. You may need to take more than 12 credits at your host university in order to earn the equivalent of 12 BU credits. Some foreign universities require that you take more than 12 BU credits in order to meet their requirements for full-time status.
  2. BU degree progress. You are responsible for verifying with your department in advance how the classes you take abroad will apply towards your major or minor degree requirements. An Academic Worksheet is available to you for this purpose.
  3. Auditing classes. You are not permitted to audit classes while studying abroad.
  4. Registering for final exams. Some universities abroad require students to register in advance for their final exams. It is your responsibility to know whether you need to register for your final exam, and to do so by the deadline.  At some universities abroad, failure to register for or take a final exam results in a failing grade for that course. Although some universities abroad allow their matriculated students more than one opportunity to sit for final exams, BU Study Abroad program participants will sit the final exam only once.
  5. Grading Conversion and Credit Transfer. It is a student’s responsibility to understand the grading system and grade conversion scale for their host university courses. Some courses offered abroad may carry fewer than four credits.
  6. Grades and transcripts. Boston University cannot edit, modify or changein any way the final grades that are issued by your host institution and indicated on your host university transcript. Any questions regarding your grades should be directed to your host university faculty. All grades assigned to you by the host institution will be recorded on your BU transcript and all grades earned abroad will be factored into your GPA. You cannot opt to omit courses taken abroad and/or grades earned abroad from your BU transcript.
  7. Pass/Fail. No credit will be given to courses taken Pass/Fail.
  8. Withdrawals. If you withdraw from one of your classes abroad and a ‘W’ appears on your host university transcript, that ‘W’ will also appear on your BU transcript. However, a grade of ‘W’ will not be recorded on your transcript retroactively and post-program.
  9. Incompletes and Failing Grades. No grades of ‘Incomplete’ will be given; all coursework must be completed with your host institution, including the completion of all final exams before the end date of your program. You will also receive an ‘F’ on your BU transcript for any class that is ‘Incomplete’ on your host institution transcript. A failing grade earned in a class taken abroad will appear on your transcript as an ‘F’ and will count towards your GPA.  In keeping with BU academic policy, you will not earn academic credit for incomplete or failed courses even though the grades appear on your transcript and impact your GPA.

Academic, Disciplinary and Financial Standing

Boston University Study Abroad reserves the right to rescind admission to or continuation in any program if an applicant’s academic or disciplinary record is not satisfactory. Boston University students placed on expulsion, academic suspension, or residence separation are not eligible to participate for the duration of the sanction. Deferred separation status will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Non-Boston University students are expected to verify their eligibility to study abroad with their home institution.

In addition, your Boston University student account must be in good standing. University policy requires the withholding of educational services, including participation in a BU Study Abroad program from any student whose financial obligations to the university are due and/or unpaid.

Students’ Responsibilities While Abroad

In completing your online pre-departure forms, there are a number of terms and conditions that you have agreed to by your electronic signature. We suggest that you review the following with your family, parent/guardian or other interested party:

  • Student Declaration (includes a link to the Boston University Policy on Refunds—also below)
  • Participation Confirmation
  • Housing Agreement
  • Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability Form

Policy on Refunds

All students should thoroughly review the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds.  This policy applies to all students and should be thoughtfully read when considering a withdrawal from a program. If you have questions, please contact our office.

[— END The Fine Print —]

[— Calendar —]

Program Dates

The Fall 2017 London School of Education Program runs from Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (depart U.S. on August 28) to Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Important Pre-Departure Dates

April 2017 – Pre-Departure Meeting (Location TBD)
April 19 
– Tier-4 UK Visa Workshop (CAS 316)
June 6 – First Day of Tier-4 Application Window
June 28 – Optional Group Mailing #1
July 19 – Optional Group Mailing #2
July 26 – Deadline to mail Tier-4 visa application without expediting
July 27 – All visa applications must be expedited, starting now

Tentative Academic Calendar

Arrivals Day: Tuesday 29th August
Orientation: Tuesday 29th August
SO 301 Begins: Thursday 31st August
Half-Term/Semester Break: Monday 23rd October-Sunday 5th November
Departure Day: Thursday 14th December


Neither late arrivals nor early departures are permitted.
We urge students to not make any weekend or mid-semester break travel plans until they arrive on site and receive the finalized course and program schedule. During the semester, students must fulfill strict attendance requirements and will be very busy with classes, program activities, and assignments. If family and friends plan to visit, please schedule trips to take place before the start of on-site orientation, during a scheduled program break, or after the semester ends. The first and last weeks of the program are critical to students’ success and require your full attention. By timing visits to coincide with scheduled program breaks, you can meet attendance requirements and take full advantage of your study abroad experience.

[— END Calendar —]

[— Contacts —]

Program Contacts

As you prepare for and embark on your study abroad experience, you will be in contact with various staff members from BU Study Abroad, both in Boston and abroad. To avoid missing important information, please add “@bu.edu” to your address book. Please keep all emails in a folder for your reference as you prepare for your semester abroad. Here are the names and email addresses of some people who will be in touch with you this semester, and/or whom you may want to contact with questions:

Boston-based Staff:

  • Corey Blackmar, Program Manager
    Corey will be your primary contact during the pre-departure process. All questions and concerns you may have should be directed to him.

London-based Staff:

All the staff members below may be in touch with you at various points regarding pre-departure preparations.

Various staff from the Student Life Office will be in contact with you regarding the London Personal Page, housing, cell phones and the BU London Social Programme.  You will hear from the Student Life team throughout the semester.

If you have any academic questions, the Academic Affairs Office is the one to contact.  They can help you out with course enrollment, syllabi, and any concerns. In addition, the Academic Affairs team will contact you throughout the semester regarding any academic updates.

[— END Contacts —]