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 46 in the world and 42 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. As one of 62 invited members of the Association of American Universities, BU is among North America’s most prestigious research universities.

Boston University’s award-winning faculty includes Nobel Laureates, a former U.S. poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize recipients, Fulbright Scholars, and dozens of leading scientists, authors, and researchers. With their strong commitment to teaching, BU’s faculty lay the groundwork that inspires students to continue the University’s distinguished tradition of accomplishment.

More than 380,000 living alumni serve as ambassadors for Boston 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 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, choosing from hundreds of courses representing a majority of the University’s schools and colleges. Along with a wide variety of subjects in undergraduate or graduate study, Summer Highlights bring attention to specialized 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, 2018 World Series Champions. Comedy clubs, theatres, shopping, dining, and government and financial districts are easily accessed by subway (the “T”) or bus.

Summer is an ideal season 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. Discover remnants of Boston’s storied past 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 pace, 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. You can also hop on a train or bus at South Station for a weekend in 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.

Contact Us

Boston University Summer Term
755 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 105
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-5124
Fax: 617-353-5532
Email: summer@bu.edu