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. The University's 16 schools and colleges offer more than 250 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and special degree programs, along with the resources of 24 libraries and over 104 academic centers and institutes. With more than 33,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries, BU is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.
Every summer, Boston University welcomes more than 7,000 students from the United States and around the world to Summer Term. With over 700 summer courses representing a majority of the University’s schools and colleges, students are able to pursue undergraduate or graduate study in a wide range of subjects. In addition, a selection of Summer Highlights includes unique, topical areas of focus, such as popular music, poetry with former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Boston Studies, a screenwriting workshop, and Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training, among others. Summer Term is an opportunity for students to earn credits toward graduation, focus on challenging courses, develop professional expertise, or explore new topics for personal enrichment.
Boston University’s award-winning faculty includes Nobel Prize winners and former U.S. poet laureates, along with MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and dozens of leading scientists, authors, and scholars. With their considerable achievements and their commitment to teaching, BU faculty members provide the foundation and support that inspires students to continue the University's distinguished tradition of accomplishment.
Boston University has over 300,000 living alumni, who exemplify a 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 civil rights, science and medicine, journalism, literature, business, government and politics, entertainment, broadcasting, popular culture, and sports.
Summer in Boston
Located in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, the Boston University campus stretches alongside the Charles River Esplanade, where students enjoy summer activities such as bicycling, boating, jogging, and sunning. The campus is within easy reach of Boston's many cultural and recreational attractions. Historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is just steps away, while downtown theatre, shopping, government, and financial districts are easily accessed by streetcar (the "T"). There is much to do in Boston during the warm summer months. Explore the elegant shops along Newbury Street or in Copley Square, enjoy outdoor cafés and dining, watch sporting events at Fenway or the TD Garden, or hear live music in one of Boston's many venues. Relax in the city’s abundant parks, experience theatre, or wander through famed museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, or the Museum of Science. Reminders of Boston's rich history—such as Faneuil Hall Market Place or the Old North Church—abound in the city's diverse neighborhoods, from the North End to the South End, Chinatown to Harvard Square.
While there are plenty of social, recreational, and cultural activities to explore in the city, when it gets too hot, the MBTA Commuter Rail can transport you to beaches in Manchester, Gloucester, or Rockport—or you can drive to picturesque Cape Cod. For the hiker, the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont are only a few hours away by car, as are the invigorating shores of Maine. Finally, for those who want to venture outside of New England, trains and buses depart South Station to destinations such as New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington D.C.
For more information on what to do in Boston, visit our Boston in the Summer page.
A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), 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.