Study Abroad

CGS Summer Semester

Join us for a summer semester to remember

Take on London or New England with your friends. The College of General Studies presents you with two options to learn inside and outside the classroom your first summer. The CGS summer semester in London is a unique educational opportunity—the only program at BU with a study abroad experience built into the first two semesters. Start your studies in Boston, then join your classmates and favorite faculty the next semester in the heart of the British capital. Or, choose the New England semester and spend your summer exploring Boston and beyond.

Study Abroad

Plumb the depths of a world capital—and then some

The London semester is packed with classes and learning, and there’s still time for day trips, travel, and the cultural excursions that make study abroad so enriching.


The people that you’re with in the spring—your classmates and professors— are all in London with you.

Reena Wolnek (CGS’18, SAR’20, SAR’22)

Explore all that New England has to offer

If you prefer not to study in London, you can continue your first year of studies with an immersive educational opportunity in the heart of New England. You’ll explore the rich historic and cultural opportunities of the area and learn from a diverse range of voices as you visit locations across the region, from Plimoth Plantation to the State House.

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Questions about the London semester?

Wondering where you’ll live? How you’ll get to London? What the residence and classes are like? Questions about visas? Check out our FAQs for answers.

You’ll learn what a typical week looks like, about safety and health needs, academic support, housing and roommates, and what to pack.

Exploring London

Exploring London's Landmarks

The London semester is packed with assignments and classes, but there’s still time for the activities that make study abroad so enriching– exploring the culture and customs of another country.

An academic advising meeting in London

Continue working with your academic advisor in London

Academic advising is an integral part of the CGS experience. That doesn’t end when first-year students go to London!

CGS Professor Thomas Finan meeting with students in London

Take interdisciplinary courses taught by CGS faculty

The faculty from your first semester travel with you to London, teaching your classes and joining you on trips and excursions.

Week 1

Exploring London and Greenwich in the first week

Get a glimpse of a typical week in London, from courses and assignments to outings and trips.


See London through students' eyes

See the #LondonLife photos students are sharing of their travels, studies, and student life abroad.