Arriving on Campus
We look forward to seeing you on campus this summer! Boston University is located in the heart of Boston, and is easily accessible by public transportation or car. Boston’s subway, known as the “T,” provides service to the BU campus via the Green Line “B” train. The main BU stops on the subway are BU East, BU Central, and BU West. Students can also access the BU campus via public bus or BU shuttle service. Directions to campus can be found here.
Once you have arrived, you'll have a few things to do before you start your classes. We recommend that you take care of the following items as soon as you arrive.
Check In with the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO)
All visiting international students attending Summer Term programs at Boston University are required to check in with the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) immediately upon arriving on campus, regardless of U.S. immigration status. It is the responsibility of the ISSO to keep complete and accurate records on every international student and to provide them to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) upon request. It is critical that you check in with ISSO at the beginning of the Summer Term program to ensure accurate reporting. Be sure to bring your immigration documents (passport, I-20 or DS-2019 forms, etc.) when you go to the ISSO to check in.
The ISSO is located at 888 Commonwealth Avenue on the second floor. Call 617-353-3565 or visit bu.edu/isso if you have any questions about check-in or immigration documentation. The ISSO is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 am – 5 pm, and Wednesday from 12 – 5 pm.
In addition to reporting to the ISSO when you first arrive, students in F-1 status on an I-20 issued by Boston University must also report to the ISSO for any of the following reasons:
- If you plan to register part-time or withdraw from any courses, even if for medical reasons.
- Before you interrupt a program of study at the University, whether due to a temporary leave of absence, suspension, or permanent withdrawal.
- If there are errors in your legal name, date of birth, country of citizenship, or country of birth as such information appears on your I-20 or in your University record.
- If at any time there is a change to your or your dependent’s legal name (within 10 days), country of citizenship, program of study, or financial sponsorship as such information appears in your passport or on your I-20.
- If there is a change to your or your dependent’s residential address (within 10 days) during your stay in the U.S. in F-1 status while on an I-20 issued by Boston University.
Failure to report such changes promptly to the ISSO could result in a violation of your F-1 status, and may even prevent you from remaining in the United States to complete your studies.
International Student Orientation
Summer Term will announce orientation dates for Summer 2019 on December 15.
All international students should attend one of the orientation sessions. You will learn about University resources such as the ISSO, Student Health Services, and the Fitness & Recreation Center facilities and membership. In addition, you will have the opportunity to meet other international students.
If you can't attend our Orientation, please stop by the Summer Term office, located at 755 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 105. Office hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Your Student ID: The Terrier Card
All Boston University students are assigned a nine-character, computer-generated ID number. This University ID number (or "U" number) is used for all University records, including registration and class adjustments. This ID number will be included in your email registration confirmation.
It is recommended that you obtain a photo ID Terrier Card. You will need to present a valid form of government-issued photo ID (e.g., passport) when you go to the Terrier Card Office, as well as your University ID number.
To obtain your Terrier Card, please go to:
Terrier Card Office
George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Lower Level
Boston, MA 02215
Open Monday–Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
If you have questions regarding the Terrier Card, please call 617-353-9966 or email email@example.com.
Set Up Your BU Log-in and Optional Google Apps Account
After you have submitted all required enrollment documents, you will be registered for classes. Once you are registered for classes, we will notify you and provide you with information on how to create your BU log-in account. If you have not already set up your BU log-in account before arriving to BU, please visit one of the IT Help Center locations listed below. When opening an account at the IT Help Center, you will need to present your Terrier Card in order to prove your affiliation as a BU student.
A BU log-in and Kerberos password are required to access most online resources at BU, including the wireless network (which you will see as BU (802.1x)), course sites hosted in Blackboard Learn, and the Student Link.
IT Help Center
771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
(inside the Mugar Memorial Library)
179 Amory Street, Brookline MA 02446
(across from the College of Fine Arts)
Phone: 617-353-HELP (4357)
Pay Your Bill
If you have not paid your bill already, please visit Student Accounting Services in person or go to our How to Pay section for more information on payment options.
Payment is due by May 22 for Summer 1 and by July 2 for Summer 2. Late fees may be charged if you do not pay by these deadlines.
Update Your Health Immunizations
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all full-time and 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.
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 (by scheduling an appointment in advance) at:
Student Health Services
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Enrolled visiting international students are encouraged to purchase BU health insurance for their time studying at the University. To learn more about this option, visit our Health Records & Insurance page.
Buy Your Books
Course materials and BU merchandise are available at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore located in Kenmore Square. You can also find your list of required and recommended course materials in the Textbook Section of the Barnes & Noble website by entering your course information.
Barnes & Noble Bookstore
660 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215
Textbook Direct Line: 617-236-7420
Monday–Friday, 9 am – 9 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, 12 – 5 pm
Check Your Schedule and Locate Your Classes
You'll want to make sure you know where to go—and when—on the first day of class. After you register, you will receive a copy of your course schedule and room location.
Here is an example of a possible course listed on your schedule: CAS PS 101S B1 GEN PSYCHOLOGY TR 0600P 0930P STH113.
- CAS PS means the course is offered by the College of Arts and Science (CAS), Psychology department (PS).
- The course number 101 indicates that General Psychology is an introductory level course.
- S stands for Summer.
- Section B1 means it is a Summer 2 course (Summer 1 courses have an A1 section code).
- TR 0600P 0930P indicates the course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.
- The last item of the course schedule is your room location, which gives a building code and room number. For example, STH113 means the course is located in the School of Theology (STH) building, room 113.
To find your building code and locate your class, please use the following links:
We are here to make your summer study experience a pleasant and rewarding one. If you have any questions about arriving on campus or studying at Boston University—or if you have not received a copy of your course schedule—please be sure to contact us.