How to Apply
Please check back on December 15 for more details about our Summer 2014 programs.
We consider applicants who are entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in 2014. Admission is based on a combination of the applicant's high school grades, courses taken, and personal statement.
How to Apply
- Complete online application.
- When using the online application, you will be required to submit a 500 - 750 word personal statement describing why you want to attend the Summer Challenge Program.
- Submit the application fee:
- A non-refundable application fee, paid by credit card, is required at the time of submission of the online application.
- Email, fax, or mail:
- An official copy of your complete high school transcript including your fall 2013 grades.
Note: Email is the primary form of communication through the application and admission process. Please ensure that both parent and student emails are entered correctly on the application. Also, please inform our office immediately if there is a change in either email address.
Boston University Summer Term
Summer Challenge Program
755 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 105
Boston, MA 02215
There is no application deadline; however, students are encouraged to apply early to ensure receiving the session and seminar selection of their choice. Admissions are made on a rolling basis, and only completed applications are reviewed. We will email you once we receive your completed application.
We will begin reviewing applications in the beginning of January. Allow three weeks after we have received your completed application for an admission decision to be emailed to you.
Summer Challenge is an excellent opportunity for international students to engage in new academic challenges, immerse themselves in the American culture, experience university life in the U.S., and improve English language skills. We have students join us from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Africa, and the Americas.
International Students must complete and include an additional form with their application.
Since Summer Challenge is a short term non-credit program, international students should enter the United States in a visitor status instead of F-1 student status. For citizens of countries requiring a visa to enter the U.S., participants should obtain a B-2 "Visitor for Pleasure" visa to come to the U.S. which will allow them to engage in their tourist-related plans as well as to participate in Summer Challenge. Citizens of countries who enjoy the benefits of the Visa Waiver Program should enter the U.S. in WT "Waiver Tourist" status which permits the same activity.
Although results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are not required for registration, English is the language of instruction at Boston University, and a high degree of competency is assumed. Most academic programs require a minimum score of:
- 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT)
- 84 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
- 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
For any further questions or comments, contact us.