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Boston University Study Abroad offers a depth and breadth of program types designed to meet your academic and personal goals. Below, please find a navigational resource to help aid in your planning process.

BU CENTER

Classes are held at a BU center which is comprised of libraries and computer facilities as well as administrative offices. Staff members are based on site and are responsible for academic programs, housing, internship placements, and student services.

Examples: London Internship Program, Sydney Internship Program, Washington, DC Multimedia and Journalism Program

BU SUPPORTED HYBRID

Classes are held in host institution facilities with other program participants and are taught by local BU instructors. Boston University administrative staff are located in close proximity to the host institution, and are responsible for supporting students’ academic programs, internship placements, and student services.

Examples: Dublin Internship Program, Madrid Spanish & European Studies Program, Venice Studio Arts Program

BU SUPPORTED DIRECT ENROLL

Participants directly enroll for most or all of their courses in the host university and have access to university services and amenities. BU staff members are based on site and are responsible for academic programs, housing, internship placements, and student services.

Examples: Auckland Internship Program, Dresden German Studies Program, Quito Latin American Studies Program

INDEPENDENT HYBRID

Administered by host institution and provides participants with academic and social programs as well as a variety of student services. Administrators provide participants with academic and social support to help students acclimate to country’s customs and culture.

Examples: Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program, Rabat Arabic Studies Program, SEA Semester at Woods Hole

EXCHANGES

For BU students only. Program participants have the opportunity to enroll directly at a foreign university for a semester or academic year. Students will have access to campus amenities, including dining halls, residences, fitness centers, and educational support resources. Host university staff provide academic, administrative, housing, social, and cultural support to students.

Examples: Copenhagen Business School Exchange, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, National University of Singapore Exchange


If you want to discuss how feasible an external program will be for you, the Program Manager for External Programs holds regular office hours throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. During the Summer Term, the Program Manager for External Programs is available by appointment only.

To learn more about your external programs, please visit the External Programs page.