Review of applications will begin according to this timetable.

Fall Semester &
Academic Year Programs
  • October 31: Applications open
  • February 15: Notification of admissions decisions begins (for most programs)
  • March 15: Application deadline (for most programs)
Spring Semester Programs
  • April 1: Applications open
  • September 1: Notification of admissions decisions begins (for most programs)
  • October 1: Application deadline (for most programs)
Summer Programs
  • October 31: Applications open
  • February 1: Notification of admissions decisions begins (for most programs)
  • March 1: Application deadline (for most programs)

Applications will not be reviewed until all materials are on file, including the most recent transcript showing coursework completed prior to the application deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials have been received by the BU Study Abroad office.

Once the notification period begins, students with a complete application will receive an admission decision in two to four weeks. Applicants will be notified by email.

For competitive programs or tracks, BU Study Abroad may in some cases place applications on hold until a review of the full applicant pool is completed.

If you are a BU student awaiting an admissions decision, you should register for on-campus courses as you normally would do. If you are admitted to a program, BU Study Abroad will adjust your registration and student account accordingly. Fall semester applicants should also proceed with housing selection; you can later transfer your housing deposit to BU Study Abroad to account for the mandatory program deposit required of students who accept an offer of admission to a study abroad program. Please refer to the BU Housing website for details about canceling a housing reservation.