J.D. Program

Financial Information for Visiting Exchange Students

Visiting Exchange Students pay tuition directly to their home institutions. Pursuant to visa requirements, they must submit to BU Law financial documentation that demonstrates the availability of funds to cover living expenses for the duration of study.

Estimated Living Expenses

The cost of living in Boston is very expensive. Students can expect to pay an average of $1,050/month for a studio apartment and higher for a one-bedroom apartment. Shared apartments can often be found for lesser costs, but students should plan on spending at least $1,050/month in rent, with an additional $100-$200/month in utilities. Estimated living expenses for a single law student living off-campus for the nine-month 2013-2014 academic year are as follows:


Full-Year Exchange Students Single Semester Exchange Students
       
Student Health Fee $235 Student Health Fee $118
Medical Insurance* $2,088 or $2,852 * Medical Insurance * Fall - $750 or $1,025*

Spring - $1,339 or $1,827*
       
Living Expenses**   Living Expenses **  
Rent and Food $12,674 Rent and Food $6,337
Books and Supplies $1,535 Books and Supplies $768
Personal (clothing, etc.) $4,316 Personal (clothing, etc.) $2,158
       
Total $20,848 Total Fall - $10,131
Spring - $10,720
The figures above are estimates and subject to change. The University will not release the actual tuition and fee increases until April 2013.

Proof of Financial Support

To obtain a visa, an entering international student must prove to the satisfaction of Boston University, the American Consul, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) that s/he has sufficient funds for at least his/her period of study. For purposes of obtaining a visa, exchange applicants for enrollment in 2013-2014 are required to submit financial documentation indicating the availability of funds in an amount of at least $20,848 for a full-year of study, $10,131 for a single semester of study in the fall, or $10,720 for a single semester of study in the spring .

Law students are automatically enrolled in the Boston University Medical Insurance Plan and their student accounts are charged for the coverage ($2,088 in academic year 2013-2014).
Massachusetts law requires full-time and three-quarters time students registered through institutions of higher education to have health insurance that meets state requirements.

In addition, Boston University policy requires all international students to have health insurance that meets state and (when applicable) federal requirements. Students who do not wish to participate in the University insurance plan must complete a medical insurance waiver certifying that their U.S.-based coverage is comparable to the Boston University Medical Insurance Plan. Waivers must be submitted it to Student Accounting Services by the waiver deadline (usually August 13th). Students will receive detailed information on the insurance plan upon matriculation.

* The basic medical insurance plan, the Student Complete Plan, costs $2,088 and is automatically charged to your student account unless waived, or if you choose the Student Plus Plan ($2,852) which is a more comprehensive plan that offers additional coverage.

** Estimates based on current student costs. Actual costs may vary depending on the individual student’s situation.