Applications are sought from students who have completed at least one semester of university study and are in good academic and judicial standing. Each application undergoes a thorough review with full consideration given to the following admissions criteria: essay(s), recommendations, appropriate course preparation or prerequisites, academic record, demonstrable communication skills, maturity, and work experience (for internship applicants).
Careful consideration is given to matching the applicant’s goals and objectives for study abroad with the goals and objectives of the program. We encourage students as early as their freshman year to begin planning for study abroad with their academic advisor. Through ongoing discussions with an advisor, students can define their objectives and identify study abroad programs which are best suited to their needs, interests and goals.
When to Apply
Look at the admissions calendar page for more information on when to apply.
You can apply for summer and fall semesters beginning on October 31 and for spring beginning on April 1.
How to Apply
All applications must be submitted online.
The Fine Print
All applicants must demonstrate good academic and judicial standing. Non-BU students should check with their advisor or study abroad offices regarding their eligibility to study abroad. Boston University students in residence separation status are not eligible to study abroad for the duration of their judicial sanction. If such status becomes known after a student is accepted into a program, acceptance will be rescinded.
Applications from BU students on deferred separation status from University housing will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. In addition, BU policy requires the withholding of educational services, including participation in any program offered by BU Study Abroad, from any person whose financial obligations to the University are due and/or unpaid. If a student have been accepted to a program and his/her Boston University student account is not in good standing due to an unpaid balance from a prior semester, or are not in compliance due to a hold on the student account, the program acceptance may be rescinded.
Boston University’s policies provide for equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment and admission to all programs of the University.
Boston University reserves the right to change the policies, fees, curricula, or any other matter in this publication without prior notice and to cancel programs and courses. This publication is to be read neither as part of a contractual agreement nor as a guarantee of the classes, courses, or programs described herein.