high School Programs Academic Immersion International Applicants

AIM International Applicants

There are many reasons why international high school students come to Boston University's Summer Term High School Programs. One of the biggest reasons is to experience what it is like to study at a world-renowned United States university. As you engage with students from all over the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas, you discover new academic challenges, experience university life in the U.S., and immerse yourself in American culture in one of the most historic, exciting, and cosmopolitan cities in the nation.

International students must submit an International Student Data Form and a copy of their passport with their application.

Visa Information for Academic Immersion Students

Since AIM is a short-term non-credit program designed for high school students, it does not qualify for F-1 immigration student sponsorship. Therefore, international students are encouraged to enter the United States in a temporary visitor status that allows for participation in a short course of study for which no academic credit is granted. For citizens of countries requiring a visa to enter the U.S., participants should obtain a B-2 "Visitor for Pleasure" visa. Citizens of countries who enjoy the benefits of the Visa Waiver Program should obtain ESTA clearance and enter the U.S. in WT "Waiver Tourist" status.


English is the language of instruction at Boston University, and a high degree of competency is assumed. Our program requires students to have minimum English proficiency levels equivalent to:

  • 84 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
  • 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International students who do not meet these requirements may want to consider CELOP's Gateway to the American University program, which provides a two-week university experience focused on preparing for college applications and improving English language skills. Find out more information on CELOP's website.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all full-time domestic students and all full-time and or part-time international students to submit proof of immunization against the following communicable diseases: measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); tetanus (must be Tdap vaccine); hepatitis-B; (bacterial) meningitis; and varicella. Your doctor must complete the Immunization Record Form to show proof of these immunizations. The Immunization Record Form will be sent to each accepted student in the acceptance packet.

If you are not in compliance with all Boston University Health Immunization requirements when you arrive on the Boston University campus, you have seven days to obtain the necessary vaccination(s) or you will be considered out of status. You may obtain vaccinations (by scheduling an appointment in advance) at:

Student Health Services
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-3575

Medical Insurance

All students enrolled the Academic Immersion program are required to have health insurance. Since many U.S. doctors and hospitals do not recognize out-of-country coverage, it is strongly recommended that international students participate in the Boston University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).
Students are not automatically enrolled in SHIP upon registration and must enroll on their own. International students may contact Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2870 or email insmed@bu.edu in advance of their arrival for information on how to enroll in SHIP.

It is recommended international students seeking to enroll in SHIP register for Summer and send their request for SHIP coverage at least three weeks prior to their arrival.

SHIP is available at two plan levels. The cost for this summer is $132.88 for Student Basic level or $179.30 for Student Plus level.

To Compare Plan levels, visit www.aetnastudenthealth.com/bu , select View your insurance plan details, then scroll down and review the 2018-19 Plan Year documents. Summer 2019 is part of the 2018-19 Plan Year which ends on August 14, 2019.  (Students do NOT enroll themselves in SHIP at Aetna Student Health’s website.)

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions or comments, please contact us.

Contact Us

Boston University Summer Term
High School Programs
755 Commonwealth Ave, Rm B05
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-1378
Fax: 617-358-0646
Email: summerhs@bu.edu