Registration for Visiting Students

Visiting students are welcome to participate in Boston University Summer Term. No special admission is required. You can register using our online registration system, or by sending in (or faxing us) the registration forms. Please note that international students coming to BU for the summer should follow the registration instructions on the international section of the Summer Term website.

Returning Students

If you have attended Boston University in the past, you can register online using the Student Link as long as your BU login account and password are still active. If your account is no longer active, please contact the Summer Term office.

Register Online

Students new to Boston University can register online by completing the following steps:

1. Create a Boston University Student Account.
To begin the process, you should first complete the Create a Boston University Student Account form. After you have submitted this form, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will give you the information necessary to set up your Boston University login name and Kerberos password.

After you have established your BU login name and password, you will be asked to complete a Registration Information form providing us with your personal contact information. Once this form is submitted you will be ready to register for summer classes.

2. Register online on the Student Link.

  • Click on the link above or go to bu.edu/studentlink.
  • Select the 'Academics' tab
  • Select 'Registration'
  • Enter your BU login name and Kerberos password
  • Select 'Reg Options' for the summer session you want to register for
  • Select 'Register for Class'
  • Search for the course(s) you want to take
  • Mark classes to be added
  • Select 'Add Classes to Schedule'

Once you have completed this process, you can visit the Student Link at any time to add and drop courses (until the published deadlines), list or print your class schedule, check your grades, and update your personal information.

If you experience any problems, or have questions, please email summer@bu.edu.

Register via Paper-Based Form

Visiting students may also register by downloading a Summer Term registration form. Use the Summer 1 Form for Session 1 and 12 week courses and the Summer 2 Form for Session 2 courses. You may register for both sessions at once as long as a separate form is submitted for each session. You may also complete the optional Directory Information Restriction form.

Mail, fax, email, or walk-in your registration form, by the dates below, to:
Boston University Summer Term
755 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 105
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-5124
Fax: 617-353-5532
Email: summer@bu.edu

Registration Dates for Standard Summer Term Courses

Summer 1

February 27 - May 27

Summer 2:

Feburary 27 - July 7

Start and End Dates for Standard Summer Term Courses

Summer 1

May 20 - June 27

Summer 2:

June 30- August 8

Note: Some instructors do not allow students to join their course once it has begun. It is recommended that you register for and attend summer classes by their first meeting date. During add/drop week, if you want to add a course after it has started, you should first contact the instructor to receive permission to add.

Standard courses are courses that start and end on the official dates of a six week summer session: Summer 1 or Summer 2. Nonstandard courses have a class meeting schedule that differs from an official six week session. Add/drop dates for non-standard courses are individually determined, and can be found next to the course on the University Class Schedule or summer description.

Course Loads

A full course load in a standard six-week session at Boston University Summer Term is eight semester credits (generally two courses). Visiting students wishing to take more than this number of credits should seek approval from the director of Summer Term.

Course Codes

All Summer Term courses are assigned a College and departmental code, a three-digit course number, and a section identifier. For example, CAS EC101S A1 means that the course is offered in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), by the Economics Department (EC). The course number 101 indicates it is an introductory course, the S indicates it is a summer course, and section A1 indicates it is offered in Summer 1. Graduate level courses have course numbers above 500. Please see Course Numbers for further information on the numbering system.

Payment

Charges for tuition and fees will appear on your student account as soon as you register for classes. These charges will remain, and you will be responsible for payment, unless you officially withdraw or drop your course(s). See the Tuition and Fees section for additional payment information.

Still have questions? Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for visiting students might have the answer. If not, contact us and we will be happy to help.