Experience CGS

Intimate community, outsize opportunity.


Become a CGS student!

You’ll gain a rock-solid foundation in the liberal arts—forging a unique path through BU and exploring a wide range of disciplines.

You’ll fulfill the University’s BU Hub general education requirements while you gather skills that help you thrive—anywhere you choose to go next.

Explore an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education at BU College of General Studies! Learn more about undergraduate and transfer admissions.

CGS Experiences

Help a faculty member research a book or paper

CGS Experiences

Solve real-world problems with your classmates



One gap semester. A hundred possibilities.

In CGS’ unique program, students start their first semester in January. That means a gap semester before you start college—100 days that are open for adventure.


Kayak in the outback

CGS students have used the gap semester to dive seas, climb mountains, save rainforests, and learn about other cultures and places.

Study Abroad

Hop the pond—and take your CGS community with you!

CGS London
“I got a new perspective on the world. It made me a more well-rounded person.”
— Marina Pence (’19, CAS’21)

An opportunity to grow

Starting college at Boston University in January, CGS students spend the spring semester in Boston followed by a six-week summer semester in London or New England. You’ll have the opportunity to live, study, and explore the British capital with CGS students and faculty you already know, or to pursue a similar program right here in Boston. Marina says the London semester gave her “friends and teachers that I love so much.”

All first-year students have the chance to spend six weeks studying in the heart of London or New England. Join them!



Get to know our community!


Opening Doors

Erica Mosca was the first in her family to graduate college. Now, she’s committed to helping others follow in her footsteps, running a nonprofit that empowers first-generation students to get into college. Read Erica’s story and others like it on our Alumni page.


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