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 the application.
Visa Information for Summer Challenge Students
Since Summer Challenge is a short-term non-credit program, 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.
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 expect students to have English proficiency levels equivalent to:
- 84-90 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
- 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
If English is not the primary language taught at your high school you must supply supplemental information to demonstrate English proficiency.
International students who are not proficient in English 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 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 within your acceptance email.
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
All students enrolled in the Summer Challenge program are required to have medical 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 firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of their arrival for information on how to enroll in SHIP.
It is recommended that 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 $90.60 for Student Basic level or $122.25 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.)
If you have any additional questions or comments, please contact us.