Program Deposits

After you have been admitted or provisionally admitted to one of our programs, two important steps in the early stages of study abroad are paying the $400 non-refundable program deposit and submitting your acceptance of our offer of admission (“Participation Confirmation”) through your online account. In addition to holding your spot in the program, submission of these two pre-departure materials allows our office to proceed with notifying other Boston University administrative offices that you will be off campus and on a BU Study Abroad program for the semester.

There are four options on how you can pay the $400 non-refundable deposit:

  1. Pay electronically by checking account as part of the online Participation Confirmation process.
  2. On your Participation Confirmation, indicate that you will pay by check. Mail or drop off a personal check or money order made out to “Boston University” at our office: BU Study Abroad, 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02215. Do not submit it directly to Student Accounting Services. The deposit must be recorded and tracked through BU Study Abroad before it can be sent to Student Accounting Services. On the front of the check you must include your Boston University identification number, your name (if it is not printed on the check), and the program and semester(s) of your program participation.
  3. If you have $400 or more of valid credit currently on your BU student account, you may request a Student Account Credit Transfer in person at Student Accounting Services at 881 Commonwealth Avenue. After you submit the request, Student Accounting Services will move $400 of your valid previous semester’s credit to the current semester where it will appear as a tuition deposit. After you submit the credit transfer request, you should monitor your student account via the Student Link. Once you see the account adjustment post to your student account, please notify us via email, so that we can proceed with the administrative components of your study abroad. If you do not notify us that you have taken care of your deposit in this manner, we will have no way of knowing about it.
  4. Fall students only: If you paid your $600 housing guarantee payment, you may request a Housing Guarantee Payment transfer in person at the BU Housing office at 25 Buick Street. You must bring your BU Study Abroad acceptance email and request that Housing convert your housing guarantee payment to your tuition deposit for BU Study Abroad. After you submit this request, you should monitor your student account via the Student Link. Once you see the account adjustment post to your student account, please notify us via e-mail, so that we can proceed with the administrative components of your study abroad. If you do not notify us that you have taken care of your deposit in this manner, we will have no way of knowing about it.