Study Abroad

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Undergraduates interested in studying in Asia have a number of options open to them through BU Abroad. BUCSA works with Study Abroad to develop, increase, and improve these program opportunities for students to explore Asia and also to provide foreign language study in the most effective (and fun!) way—through full immersion in the culture. Ready for adventure?

Boston University Study Abroad offers an unmatched variety of academic and internship programs in more than 30 cities on six continents. Every year, students from Boston University and over 150 other colleges and universities nationwide enjoy the opportunity to study language, liberal arts, fine arts, science, business, engineering, or pursue an internship. Boston University was one of the first universities in the United States to send students abroad, and the first university to offer the study abroad internship on several continents.

In China


Shanghai, China

As the largest and most cosmopolitan metropolis on mainland China, Shanghai takes its cue from the West as it has done for a century and a half, yet still retains the charm and traditions of its venerable past. It is indeed an incredible place to study and live for a semester.

Hosted at Fudan University, one of China’s leading universities, our programs give students the opportunity to experience the professional culture of China and apply their coursework in language and culture on a day-to-day basis. Depending on the program, housing is on or adjacent to the campus. Excursions include trips within China to the Hunan Province or to Taiwan.

Visit BU Abroad Shanghai for specific programs and more details.


A student at the Summer Palace in Beijing, China, in front of the Seventeen Arch Bridge

Host to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing is the capital of China, and one of the largest cities in the world. The city is a cultural center, and is rich with historical buildings and sites, notably the Forbidden City. Seemingly everywhere you look in Beijing, there is a major building with national historical significance.

BU graduate students in International Relations have the opportunity to study and live at Renmin University, one of the top universities in China, in the Contemporary China Studies Program. Students live in an undergraduate residence hall or off-campus, and the campus is in walking distance to the subway. The Forbidden City is within biking distance of the campus, and the Beijing Zoo is just a few subway stops away.

Visit BU Abroad Beijing for specific programs and more details.

Hong Kong

Few cities in the world can match the international thrill of Hong Kong. With its deep colonial history, vibrant economy, and “East-meets-West” culture, the territory offers students a truly global experience.

BU School of Hospitality Administration students study and live at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), which is top-ranked among academic institutions in hospitality and tourism worldwide based on faculty research.

Visit BU Abroad Hong Kong for specific programs and more details.

In Japan


Kyoto, Japan

Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is one of the best preserved cities in the country, with beautiful temples and ancient palaces mingled with more than 30 academic institutions.

Here, Boston University students have the opportunity to participate in an academic year or semester of study at the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS). KCJS is sponsored by a consortium of 11 American universities and is administered in Japan by the Overseas Studies Program of Columbia University. Please note: fall-semester only or spring-semester only study is also an option.

Visit BU Abroad Kyoto for specific programs and more details.


Toyko, Japan

Tokyo is truly one of the world’s most incredible cities, a vast, wonderful metropolis that offers something for everyone…definitely worth putting on your study abroad short list. Boston University students have the opportunity to take classes through the Keio International Program or the Japanese Language Program. The International Program offers courses (taught in English) in Economics, Business, Politics, History, Literature and Area Studies. The Japanese Language Program is designed to improve a student’s speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. In addition, a course on Japanese Studies on Society and Culture is offered.

Visit BU Abroad Tokyo for specific programs and more details.

In Korea

Seoul, Korea

Seoul International Airport, South Korea

One of the largest cities in the world, Seoul is the country’s center of administration, economic, business, culture, technology and education. Seoul is also rich with beautiful ancient palaces, pre-historic sites, and a modern vibe.

BU School of Management students have the opportunity to study at Seoul National University (SNU), in the College of Business Administration. Being located in one of the world’s top financial and commercial centers, the internship experience in Seoul is well suited for management students wishing to gain global business experience.

SNU is and has been the indisputable leader of advanced education in Korea since its establishment in 1946. SNU has earned this reputation by maintaining the highest standards in both teaching and research. Kwanak Campus, the main campus of SNU, accommodates four graduate schools, eleven colleges, sixty-six research institutes, and other supporting facilities. About 20,000 undergraduate students and 11,000 graduate students enroll at SNU every year, making the university comparable in size to BU. The SNU faculty, consisting of 1,800 professors and instructors from around the world, teaches students and conducts research at SNU.

Visit BU Abroad Seoul for specific programs and more details.

In Singapore



Singapore is a vibrant cosmopolitan city/state that has emerged as one of Asia’s economic powerhouses. Supporting a diverse and multi-lingual population of approximately 4.1 million, Singapore’s urban landscape of glass, steel, concrete, and highways displays a framework of strong western influences with a Chinese heart.

Boston University students have the opportunity to study for a semester or an academic year at the National University of Singapore (NUS), one of Asia’s leading universities.

Visit BU Abroad Singapore for specific programs and more details.