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 first- and second-year students an interdisciplinary and global curriculum. Upon completion of the two-year program, which includes electives toward your major, you will continue to one of BU’s nine degree-granting undergraduate schools and colleges to complete your degree. The CGS program provides the strong foundation for a specialized field of study, and it fulfills most BU Hub general education requirements.

The CGS Boston-London Program is a unique program at BU—it’s the only one that lets you study abroad during your first year of college. You begin the year in January with a semester in Boston and study abroad in London during either the Summer 1 or the Summer 2 term, completing a full first-year course load by the end of summer. Whether in Boston or London, courses are taught by CGS faculty members, and classroom material is reinforced by experiential opportunities such as trips to museums, historical sites, and theaters.


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?

Yes. 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 2020, you will continue into the second year of the program to take CGS required courses and electives toward your major.

After you have completed the CGS program, which includes electives for your major, you will transition into one of BU’s nine degree-granting schools or colleges to complete your BU degree.


Is the London semester required?

Experiencing Europe as part of the Boston-London Program deeply enhances the carefully designed interdisciplinary course curriculum and participating in the experience is strongly encouraged. However, if, due to personal circumstances, you are unable to study in London, a summer term in Boston will be available.


Can I transfer in September 2020 to other schools or colleges in Boston University?

You will continue in CGS for your second year in the fall of 2020. After you have completed the CGS program, which includes electives for your major, you will transition into the school or college of your choice to complete your BU degree.


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, a CGS academic advisor will contact you to provide one-on-one guidance to help you plan your courses. You will officially register for spring semester classes in the fall of 2019. Your course schedule will determine the timing of your summer term in London. The faculty who teach you in Boston will teach your London courses as well.


Where will I live on campus?

All incoming first-year students are guaranteed on-campus housing. You will be assigned to a residence for January 2020. On BU’s Boston campus, you will be housed in one of our on-campus residences. Housing in London is located on the BU campus in the Kensington neighborhood.


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

Approximately 600 students will begin their first semester in January 2020.


How do CGS students fit in with the rest of the student body?

CGS Boston-London Program students fit in seamlessly. You will attend University Orientation in the summer or winter to connect with your class, meet your faculty, and explore the city of Boston. You will also be invited to winter welcome events in January 2020. You will engage in 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?

Many students accomplish incredible things during the gap semester. You may take this time to volunteer, participate in an internship, work, travel, take a class, or pursue a special interest. We are always impressed with the myriad experiences students bring to BU in January. See how other students have spent their gap semester.

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 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 2023 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 College of General Studies, 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, and we encourage you to speak with your CGS academic 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