Effective October 23, 2020, Boston University has announced the suspension of most Spring 2021 Study Abroad programs given the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 in the U.S. and around the globe.

This decision was taken in consultation with University leadership and BU Study Abroad staff around the globe. The process included consideration of current Department of State and CDC guidance, an evaluation of the unpredictable evolution of COVID-19, challenges associated with visa availability and quarantine, air travel availability, local travel and other restrictions, testing and tracing concerns, and the desire to ensure that students have timely guidance on their Spring 2021 academic options.


Suspended Programs

The Spring 2021 suspension affects all BU center programs and exchange/consortium/partner programs in the following locations:

Arezzo, Copenhagen, Dublin, Geneva, Haifa, Hong Kong, Kyoto, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico, Milan, Padua, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Venice, Washington DC


External Study Abroad Programs

External Study Abroad has been suspended for Spring 2021.

Students already in their home country may qualify for an exception on a case-by-case basis, and subject to the standard external study abroad approval process to ensure compatibility with the student’s course of study at Boston University.

No other transfer credit for Spring 2021 external Study Abroad activities are recognized by Boston University.