Admissions Information for
Boston University hosts a vibrant international community of nearly 7,600 students and scholars representing over 134 countries. International students contribute exciting new ideas and cultures to the campus, and are an integral part of Boston University's community. In order to become a B.U. student, all prospective international students must first apply for admission to the University by contacting the appropriate admissions office of the program they wish to attend.
International undergraduate students apply
for admission through BU Admissions.
After receiving your acceptance
letter from the International Admissions Office, you will
be required to submit the Confidential Statement for Financing
Studies along with the rest of the application. The International
will review these documents and produce your visa document.
If you wish to
know the status of your visa document, please contact the
International Admissions Office by telephone at 617-353-4492
or via email at
Prospective international graduate students need to request information
and apply for admission to the Graduate Admissions Office in the school
or college they wish to attend. The Admissions Offices will be able
to give detailed information about academic programs, requirements
for admission, and potential scholarship, teaching or research fellowships.
You will need to directly contact the admissions department of the
school or college at Boston University that you are interested in
applying to. After you have been academically admitted
to the University and have submitted the required information to your
graduate admissions office, you will receive your immigration documents
from the ISSO.
The admissions department in your school
or college will work with you to gather all of the documentation
necessary to obtain the appropriate document (Form I-20 or DS-2019)
from Boston University to enable you to apply for a student visa.
After receiving your acceptance letter from the admissions department
in your graduate school or college, you will be required to submit
to the admissions office the completed International
Student Data Form (ISDF) along with
financial documents that demonstrate your ability to pay for your
expenses at Boston University. The financial documents must either
show funds in a bank account in your name, or a letter of sponsorship
which indicates that your sponsor is willing and able to support
you financially for your academic fees and living expenses throughout
the duration of your studies at Boston University and the relationship
of the sponsor to the applicant. For your convenience, Boston University
has prepared a Sponsorship
Certification Form for this purpose. All financial
documents must be written in English and show the amounts converted
into U.S. dollars. Click here to review the Estimate
of Expenses to determine the amount of funds you must
have available. For additional information, please see Required Financial Documentation.
Your department will forward the ISDF,
your financial documents and your TOEFL score (if applicable) to
the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for evaluation.
If these documents are complete and acceptable, the Assistant Director
of Admissions and Student Support Services at the ISSO will issue
a Form I-20 (for F-1 students) or a DS-2019 (for J-1 students).
This will be mailed to you, and is required for you to apply for
the F-1 student visa or the J-1 exchange visitor visa at a U.S.
Embassy or Consulate.
Many delays in receiving your
visa document can be prevented if you are careful to fill
out your International Student Data Form (ISDF) accurately
- You may have more than one way of spelling your name, especially
in English, so make sure that the name you enter on the ISDF exactly
matches the name in your passport. The same is true for your spouse's
or children's names.
- Be sure to answer every question. Unanswered questions delay
the processing of documents.
- Please enter your date of birth in the American format, as
requested on the ISDF: Month, Day and Year. For example, May 12,
1978 = 05/12/1978.
- The ISDF will ask for your preferred mailing address; please
be sure to list the address completely and accurately,
including any postal codes, so there are no unnecessary delays
in receiving your visa documents.
If you are a graduate student and
are concerned about the status of your visa document, you should
first contact your school's admissions office to verify that they
have received your International Student Data Form and financial
documents, and have sent these materials to the ISSO. If these materials
were sent to the ISSO over a week from the day you contacted your
department, you may call or e-mail the Assistant Director of Admissions
and Student Support Services at 617-353-3565 or email@example.com to find out the status of your
visa document. Keep in mind that the ISSO produces visa documents
within 10 business days of receipt from the department's admissions
When you receive your visa document
in the mail, check it over carefully. If any information is inaccurate
or if spelling mistakes exist, please contact the Assistant Director
of Admissions and Student Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org