FAQs for the CGS Boston-London Program

What is the College of General Studies (CGS) and the Boston-London Program?

The College of General Studies is a small, liberal arts college within Boston University, offering freshman and sophomore students an integrated, interdisciplinary program that fulfills most of the University’s BU Hub general education requirements while giving you a strong foundation in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and writing. Upon completion of the two-year program and several electives in other colleges at BU, you will continue to one of BU’s nine degree-granting undergraduate schools and colleges to pursue your major. The CGS program equips you with the abilities to synthesize information from multiple perspectives, think critically, solve problems, and communicate effectively.

The Boston-London Program is a unique program at BU—it’s the only one that lets you study abroad during your freshman year. You begin freshman year in January with a semester in Boston on a team of four faculty and 100 students, a feature that promotes a rich learning experience. You will then study abroad in London during either the Summer 1 or the Summer 2 term, completing freshman year by the end of the summer. Whether in Boston or London, courses are taught by a team of CGS faculty members who work with you throughout freshman year. Classroom material is reinforced by experiential opportunities such as trips to museums, historical sites, and theaters.

Why was I admitted for the January 2019 semester when I applied for September 2018?

This was the most competitive year ever for admission to Boston University. We received over 64,000 applications for an incoming freshman class of 3,300 students. To accommodate this exceptional class, we selected a group of well-qualified students for January 2019 admission who we feel will excel in CGS.

Can I change my admission to the fall instead of January or be placed on the waitlist?

Unlike students on our waitlist, you have received full admission to BU through the Boston-London Program. It is not possible to change your semester of entry.

If I start in January, will I graduate on time?

You will be fully on track to graduate in four years. You will earn a total of 32 credits for the spring semester and summer term, which fulfills first year credit requirements. In the fall of 2019, students in the CGS Boston-London program continue into their sophomore year.

After sophomore year, you have guaranteed continuation into one of the nine degree-granting schools and colleges at BU for your junior and senior years. Since the CGS program requires that you take courses at BU’s other nine schools and colleges, you start accruing credits toward your intended major while at CGS.

Is the London semester required?

The experience in London is an essential part of the interdisciplinary course curriculum and is strongly encouraged. However, if you are unable to study in London due to personal circumstances, you will work with your CGS advisor to find an alternative solution.

Can I transfer in September 2019 to other schools or colleges in Boston University?

The College of General Studies is a two-year program. You will finish your sophomore year in the College of General Studies and then continue to another school at BU in September 2020.

When will I register for classes and learn more about the Summer Terms?

Shortly after you accept BU’s offer of admission and submit your enrollment deposit, you will be contacted by your College of General Studies academic advisor who will provide one-on-one guidance to help you plan your courses. In the fall, you will officially register for courses. The classes you select will determine your team and the dates of your Summer Term in London. You will take classes with the same team of students and faculty from the Boston term through the London term.

What are the dates for the Summer 2019 Terms?

Summer 1:
First day of classes: May 21
Last day of classes: June 28

Summer 2:
First day of classes: July 1
Last day of classes: August 9

Where will I live on campus?

All incoming freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing for four years. You will be assigned to a residence for January 2019. While in Boston, you will be housed in one of the residences on BU’s campus. During the Summer term, you will be housed on BU’s campus in the Kensington area of London.

Costs, billing, financial aid; how do I learn more?

Information about the tuition, fees, room, board and other expenses is available on our CGS Boston-London Program tuition page. There, you will also find information about University charges and the financial aid notification and disbursement process for the spring semester in Boston and the summer term in London.

How many students will begin their studies in the Boston-London Program?

Approximately 400 students will begin their first semester in January 2019.

How do Boston-London Program students fit in with the rest of the student body?

Boston-London Program students will fit in seamlessly. You have the option of attending University Orientation in either the summer or winter. There, you will connect with the Class of 2022, meet with your academic advisor, learn about campus activities, and explore the city of Boston. When you arrive to campus in January 2019, there will be many winter welcome events, both specific to CGS students and for all undergraduates. You will also engage with BU’s dynamic community through your residential experience, where you will live with students from all undergraduate schools and colleges.

How should I spend the gap semester?

Students often take this opportunity to volunteer, participate in an internship, work or travel. This can be a very beneficial time to pursue a special interest. Students may also take approved non-degree college courses that could be applied for credit toward graduation.

Your CGS academic advisor will contact you in the summer to discuss any courses you might plan to take and will continue to be in touch by phone and email throughout the fall. We recommend that students also stay connected to BU through BU Today, The Daily Free Press (BU’s student newspaper), the CGS website, and the CGS current student portal, CGSNow. Be sure to join the BU Class of 2022 Facebook group and BU CGS Facebook group, like the CGS Facebook page, and follow CGS on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Will I be able to enroll at another college or university for the fall semester?

Once you have accepted your place in the CGS Boston-London Program, you are considered a Boston University student and, thus, are ineligible to matriculate at another college or university. If you do matriculate elsewhere, BU will be unable to honor your admission and enrollment. Students may take non-degree courses elsewhere in the fall. Before you enroll in classes, it is very important to speak with your CGS advisor to ensure the coursework will fulfill CGS requirements and not jeopardize your enrollment at BU.

Helpful links and contact information:

Boston-London Program Page & CGS Professors
CGS Student Services
Phone: 617-353-2850
Email: cgs@bu.edu

BU Admissions
Phone: 617-353-2300
Email: admissions@bu.edu

BU Financial Assistance
Boston-London Program Financial Assistance, Costs, and Payment Plan
Phone: 617-353-2965
Email: finaid@bu.edu