About Boston University Summer Term

A World-Renowned Institution

Founded in 1839, Boston University is internationally recognized as a top institution of higher learning and research (ranked 39 in the world and 37 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report). The University’s 17 schools and colleges offer more than 250 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and special degree programs, along with the resources of 21 libraries and over 100 academic centers and institutes. With more than 33,000 students from all 50 states and 132 countries, Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU is a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities.

Boston University’s award-winning faculty includes Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners, former U.S. poets laureate, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, National Book Award recipients, and dozens of leading scientists, authors, and scholars. With their strong commitment to teaching, BU’s faculty lay the groundwork that inspires students to continue the University’s distinguished tradition of accomplishment.

Boston University has over 380,000 living alumni, ambassadors for the University’s rich tradition of social concern, academic excellence, and innovation. The pioneering contributions of BU’s alumni reach back to the earliest years of the University, deeply influencing events in every aspect of life, including civil rights, science and medicine, journalism, literature, business, government and politics, entertainment, broadcasting, popular culture, and sports. Today, Boston University continues to be a paragon of excellence, attracting some of the brightest and the best from across the world.

Learn more about Boston University, or take a look at BU Today.

About BU Summer Term

Each summer, more than 7,000 students from the United States and around the world attend Summer Term at Boston University. Summer Term offers over 700 courses from a majority of the University’s schools and colleges, enabling students to pursue a wide variety of subjects in undergraduate or graduate study. Additionally, a range of Summer Highlights bring attention to unique areas of study, such as Business for Non-Majors, Pre-Medical, and Pre-Law, among others. BU Summer Term is an ideal opportunity for students to earn credits toward graduation, focus on challenging courses, develop professional expertise, or explore new topics for personal enrichment.

Summer in Boston

Summer Term Red Sox Game

Located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, the Boston University campus stretches alongside the Charles River Esplanade, where students like to bicycle, boat, jog, or sunbathe. The BU campus is close to several cultural and recreational attractions in Boston, such as historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, 2013 World Series Champions. Comedy clubs, theatres, shopping, dining, and government and financial districts are easily accessed by subway (the “T”) or bus.

Summer is one of the best seasons to experience Boston. Like shopping? From salons, spas, clothing boutiques, and outdoor dining, there’s something for everyone on Newbury Street or in Copley Place. Prefer sports? Catch some baseball at Fenway Park or soccer at Gillette Stadium. Boston and neighboring Cambridge are great music towns—you’ll find live music nightly in a variety of venues and nightclubs. Relax with a book in one of the city’s lush parks, experience theatre, or wander through Boston’s amazing museums, which include the historic Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Science. Remnants of Boston’s storied past still exist throughout the city’s diverse neighborhoods and in spots like Faneuil Hall Market Place, with its shops and eateries, and in the Old North Church, which was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

When you want a change of scenery, it’s easy and affordable to get around Massachusetts and New England: the MBTA Commuter Rail can transport you to the scenic shores and beaches of Manchester, Gloucester, or Rockport; the Cape Flyer connects Boston to picturesque Cape Cod; and the Amtrak Downeaster can get you to the stunning coastline of Maine. If you like to hike or camp, the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont are only a few hours’ drive. If you want to travel outside of New England, you can hop on a train or bus at South Station and head to other major cities, like New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington, DC.

For more information on what to do in Boston, visit our Boston in the Summer page.


Boston University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. The individual schools and colleges of the University carry additional accreditation in their respective fields. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities.