January Program in Boston and London FAQs
What is the College of General Studies (CGS) and the January Program in Boston and London?
The Boston University College of General Studies offers a two-year, extensive, core curriculum taught by full-time, Ph.D.-level, BU faculty who are dedicated to teaching and scholarship. At the College of General Studies, you will fulfill most of your University general education requirements and begin coursework in your desired field of study in your choice of any of the liberal arts or professional degree programs in Boston University’s eight degree-granting undergraduate schools and colleges.
The CGS January Program in Boston and London is a new interdisciplinary and global program at Boston University’s College of General Studies. The coursework uniquely combines rhetoric, the humanities and social sciences, an elective, an interdisciplinary directed study, and an international experience. You will begin your studies as a freshman in January 2014 on our Boston campus followed by six weeks at BU’s academic and residential complex in the Kensington area of London, finishing the term by the end of June.
Why was I admitted for the January 2014 semester when I applied for September 2013?
This was the most competitive year ever for admission to Boston University. We received over 52,500 applications for an incoming freshman class of 3,800 students. To accommodate this exceptional class, we selected a small group of well-qualified students for January 2014 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 January Program in Boston and London. It is not possible to change your semester of entry.
If I start in January, will I be a semester behind?
You will earn a total of 32 credits for the spring semester and summer term which will complete your freshman requirements and put you on track as a sophomore in CGS for the fall of 2014. After completing your sophomore year in CGS, you will have fulfilled most of your general education requirements and will continue into one of BU’s degree-granting schools or colleges for your junior and senior years.
Is the London semester required?
Yes, this is a required component of the January Program in Boston and London, and is an essential part of the interdisciplinary course curriculum.
Can I transfer in the fall of September 2014 to other colleges in Boston University?
You must continue into the sophomore year in the College of General Studies in the fall of 2014.
How will I register for classes?
Shortly after you accept BU’s offer of admission and submit your enrollment deposit, you will be personally contacted by your College of General Studies advisor who will provide one-on-one guidance to help you plan your courses. You will officially register for classes in the fall.
Where will I live on campus?
You are guaranteed on-campus housing for four years at BU. Students entering in January 2014 will complete the Housing Interests Survey in the fall and will be assigned to residences for the spring semester. Housing in Europe is at the BU complex 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 for the January Program in Boston and London is available at bu.edu/finaid/apply/cgs-boston-london. On this page 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 January 2014?
You will join approximately 100 freshmen in the January Program in Boston and London.
How will I connect with my classmates?
Over the summer, you will have the opportunity to participate in BU Bridge Virtual Team Building, a facilitated social network designed to help you connect with other January program students, current CGS students, and faculty and staff. Two-week sessions of BU Bridge Virtual Team Building will be offered in June, July, and August 2013.
In January 2014, at Winter University Orientation, you will move into your residence, meet your professors, and join your classmates in exploring BU and the city of Boston.
How should I spend the fall 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 academic advisor will contact you in May 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 by joining the BU Class of 2017 Facebook page and the CGS Facebook page.
How can I learn more about the January Program in Boston and London?
A special Open House program on April 13 will be held where you will meet fellow classmates admitted to the program and your professors and advisor. This will be the best way to learn if this program is a good fit for you. An invitation is included in your admission packet and on the Applicant Link.
Helpful links and contact information:
January Program Curriculum, Professors, and the London Term