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., practice and improve your English language skills, 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

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 allows you to engage in 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.

TOEFL

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)

Immunizations

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 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 7 days to obtain the necessary vaccination(s) or you will be considered out of status. You may obtain vaccinations at:

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

Medical Insurance

All international students enrolled during the summer 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 a qualifying medical insurance plan offered by Boston University. Students are not automatically enrolled in a medical insurance plan upon registration. The cost for this summer is $111. International students should contact Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2870 or email insmed@bu.edu for information on how to obtain medical insurance. 

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