In recognition of International Education Week, the USC is offering students the opportunity to attend an information session designed specifically for students taking a leave of absence to pursue a non-BU/external study abroad. Sessions will be offered on select dates in November and December. Interested students can attend a group session (lasting 45-50 minutes) where the USC staff will explain the leave of absence process and answer questions. We hope these group information sessions will be a useful alternative for students whose December class and exam schedules make it tricky to arrange an individual appointment prior to leaving campus for the Intersession holiday.
It’s almost time for Fall move-in, see the USC hours of operation for mid-August through mid-September, below. Normal drop-in hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5, when the academic year begins. Please check the schedule for more information.
Safe travels back to and around campus everyone!
USC Hours of Operation (mid August to mid September)
|August 14 – September 1||Monday through Friday||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST|
|September 2 & 3||Labor Day Weekend (Saturday & Sunday)||9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST|
|September 4||Labor Day (Monday)||9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST|
|September 5 – 8||Tuesday through Friday||9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST|
From July 27 through August 14, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be closing the section of Commonwealth Avenue where it crosses over the Massachusetts Turnpike in order to replace the structure of the bridge. MBTA buses, pedestrians, bicyclists, and emergency vehicles will have limited access to the bridge during the project. The MBTA B line trolley service will be replaced by a shuttle bus from Blandford Street to Babcock Street. Students should be aware of potential delays and plan accordingly.
Find out more about the project on the official website.
The University Service Center is maintaining regular office operations during the Bridge project; staff can be reached weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm in person at the office, or by phone.
Undergraduate students wishing to take a leave of absence or withdraw for the Fall 2016 semester must do so prior to the semester deadline of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29. Students with on-campus housing assignments must also complete residence check-out and return of keys within 48 hours upon arranging the leave/withdrawal. If you are considering a Fall 2016 semester leave of absence or withdrawal and have not already spoken to an associate director, please review the information available on our website and then contact the office before Thanksgiving Break, so that we can discuss your plans and assist you with the necessary paperwork.
Due to the increase in office traffic surrounding the November 29th deadline, we will assist students with Fall 2016 leaves of absences and withdrawals following the Thanksgiving Break on a drop-in basis on Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29, between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 4:00 p.m.
Get ready to take on your Study Period and Finals with a little help from the Educational Resource Center.
Whether you’ve already started to get a study plan together, or you just thought ‘I should probably get on that soon.’ The staff at the ERC can help you get started with a plan to help organize yourself and get moving on conquering your last weeks of the semester!
When: Weekdays April 21 to April 29 between 12 pm and 5 pm
Where: Yawkey Center for Student Services, 100 Bay State Road, 6th Floor
How: Sign up for a same day, 20 minute consultation appointment by calling 617-353-7077 or visit in person
View full ERC flyer
Students considering a Fall 2016 leave or withdrawal should speak with a USC staff member before the end of the semester. It is important to discuss options and implications in the spring, and the best timeline for finalizing a decision and updating records before August 1. In addition to the regular drop in hours offered in the second half of April, we will offer expanded drop in hours during the May study break and finals period. Check back on May 1 for a listing of the expanded drop in times.
The deadline to arrange a Spring 2016 leave of absence or University withdrawal is Wednesday, April 13th at 5 p.m. The USC is offering additional drop-in hours the week of April 11th in order to best assist students who need to finalize paperwork by the University deadline. Inquiries regarding Spring 2016 leaves and withdrawals will be prioritized during these special drop-in hours.
|Monday, April 11th||9 – 10:30 a.m.||2 – 3:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, April 12th||9 – 10:30 a.m.||2 – 3:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, April 13th||9 – 10:30 a.m.||2 – 3:30 p.m.|
The regular USC drop-in schedule (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m.) will resume beginning April 14th.
Students who arrange a spring leave of absence or withdrawal after December 20 should move out of their on-campus residences within 48 hours. Apartment style residences, including 25 Buick Street and 33 Harry Agganis Way are open during Intersession; dormitory style residences are closed between December 20 and January 14 so students must plan their move out between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, January 15, when dormitory residences re-open.
Boston University will be closed for Intersession beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2015 and will re-open on Monday, January 4, 2016. If you contact us during Intersession, we will receive your message and respond after we re-open on Monday the 4th.
Undergraduate students wishing to take a leave of absence or withdraw for the Spring 2016 semester should contact us promptly when we re-open from Intersession so we can help you with all necessary steps. If you have previously discussed your plans with a USC Associate Director and just need to complete the required paperwork to finalize your decision, you may click here to access the Spring 2016 Leave of Absence / Withdrawal Request Form. Please note that in order to access the form you will need to enter your BU login and Kerberos password.
Students taking a Spring 2016 leave of absence (or withdrawing) who live in on-campus housing must complete residence check-out and return of keys prior to residences closing for Fall semester by Sunday, December 20th at noon.