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Study in B-1/B-2 Immigration Classification

As of April 12, 2002, U.S. Federal regulations (8CFR 214.2(b) and 248.1(c)) prohibit visitors in B-1/B-2 immigration status from enrolling as full-time students.  Prior to beginning a full-time course of study, B-1/B-2 visitors must apply for and be approved for a change of status to F-1 or J-1 student classification by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 

 Visitors in B-1/B-2 status may take a class that is considered short-term and recreational in nature (e.g. one English language class or a sports or music class).

If you are in B-1 or B-2 immigration classification and are interested in attending Boston University, please consult with an advisor at the International Students and Scholars Office for guidance on maintaining lawful status.


Boston University
February 28, 2005

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office