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, of course, 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, practice and improve your English language skills, and immerse yourself in the American culture in one of the most historic, exciting, and cosmopolitan cities in the nation.

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.

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 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)

Medical Insurance

All international students enrolled during the summer are required to have medical insurance. If you are interested in finding out more information on the Boston University medical plan, please contact Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2870 or visit the medical section of their website.

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