Welcome to VASI!

Dear accepted VASI students and parents,

The VASI staff and I are excited to welcome you to Boston University this summer for an incredible four weeks of artistic exploration.  While summer feels a long way off at this point, it will be here sooner than we think and we look forward to meeting each of you.  We will be using this page for updates and communication between now and the end of the VASI program. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, and be sure to submit your registration forms and tuition payment by Friday, May 18th 2018.


Beth Zerega

Director, Visual Arts Summer Institute

617 353 3371

What to Bring

Check out the VASI Info Guide for a packing list.  There’s a Bed, Bath, and Beyond, a Target, and a CVS within walking distance for purchasing extra toiletries and household supplies.

Dorm and Roommates

VASI students will be assigned a roommate who is also in the VASI program, and will receive their roommate assignments a week before the start of the program. All Residential students live in Warren Towers, which during the summer is divided into female-only towers and male-only towers.

Travel Arrangements

If you’ll be flying into Logan Airport, please book your flights so that you can arrive on campus for check-in between noon and 2pm on Sunday, July 1st.  We are unable to provide any accommodations or supervision for students prior to the check-in time.  Boston University does not provide transportation to campus, but taxis are easily available from all airport terminals and cost approximately $30.  Another option is to reserve the Super Shuttle.

The check-in location will be the Warren Towers dormitory, located at 700 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215.

All Commuter Students should plan on attending Orientation on Sunday, July 1st.  Orientation will begin at 2pm, and Commuter students will be able to leave by 6pm.

Commuter students will receive an email several weeks before the start of the program with information on transportation and parking, evening and weekend events, and signing up for optional Convenience Points to use in the BU dining halls.

Boston University does not require international students attending VASI to provide any special paperwork or documentation; international VASI students are not required to complete an I-20 form. For students who need a visa for travel to the US, a tourism/visitor visa is all that is required.

For travel and identification purposes, international students should carry both their passport and visa with them while traveling and during their stay in Boston.

Letter of Agreement

VASI Letter of Agreement 2018

Please return the Letter of Agreement as soon as possible so that we may reserve your space in the program.  You may mail it, or email it to buvasi@bu.edu.

VASI Info Guide

VASI Info Guide

The Info Guide includes useful information on transportation, what to bring, life in the dorms, and more.  All VASI students and parents should read it.

Housing Form and Residential Life Agreement

The BU Housing application and the Residential Life Agreement will be completed online.  Residential students will receive an email at a later date with a link and directions to complete this paperwork.

Additional Registration Forms

The following forms must be filled out by each VASI student and their parents or guardian, and returned via mail or emailed to buvasi@bu.edu.  All forms must be received by Friday, May 18th 2018.

Summer Programs Health Form

The health form and immunization record should be filled out by the student’s parent or guardian (page 1 and 4) and their physician (pages 5-7).

This form includes the Massachusetts State immunization requirements that all students studying at Boston University must meet.  International students should consult with their physician to ensure that they have received all of these immunizations.  Students will be assigned a BU ID number once their paperwork has been received, so this can be left blank.

Treatment Consent Form

In case of emergency, this form will allow students to receive hospital care.

VASI Parental Acknowledgement

In order to participate in the program, each VASI student’s parent/guardian must sign the Parental Acknowledgement, Consent, and Release form.

VASI Media Release

The Media Release is optional (although we do like to include students in our publications).

Tuition and Payment Instructions

The residential program fee including tuition, activity fee and room and board is $5,158 with the 14 meal plan or $5,311 with the 19 meal plan.  Most students find the 14 meal plan to be sufficient, as there are plenty of places for a quick breakfast or lunch on or near campus, and meals will occasionally be provided as part of evening or weekend activities.

The commuter program fee including tuition and activity fee is $3,445.  Commuter students will have the opportunity to purchase Convenience Points at the beginning of the program so that they may eat with their classmates in the dining hall.

VASI Scholarship recipients should deduct the amount of their scholarship from the total tuition amount when submitting payment.

Payment by Check

Please write the student’s full name on the check and make the check payable to Boston University.

Payment by Credit Card

Online payments can be completed through bu.edu/payment using a credit card or debit card connected to a US-based bank account.   Prior to submitting a payment, please contact us at buvasi@bu.edu or 617 353 3371 so that we can activate the student’s account and send you the Boston University ID number.

International Payments

International students who are unable to pay by check or credit card have the option of paying with an international bank wire transfer–please contact buvasi@bu.edu for instructions.

The total program fee is due by Friday, May 18, 2018. Registrations that are not paid in full by this date will be withdrawn from the program.

All VASI correspondence can be sent to:

Boston University School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Summer Institute
855 Commonwealth Ave, Room 552
Boston, MA 02215
617 353 3371