Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) welcomes students from around the world. As an inclusive community within a safe, student-friendly city, we respect and value the diverse cultural perspectives that international students bring to the learning environment on campus and online.

Befitting a university with a worldwide reputation for scholarly contribution and research, BU’s students, scholars, and faculty hail from more than 140 countries. Our international student population—which is among the largest in the US—represents a multitude of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Stroll through our home campus, and you’ll hear languages and dialects from around the globe.

Engaging with people, ideas, and pressing issues that impact the world has always been vital to the mission of the University and BU MET, and we heartily encourage the free, safe, and civil exchange of knowledge, perspectives, and opinions. Elemental to the free exchange of ideas is an open mind coupled with trust and respect. As such, the BU community has zero tolerance for prejudice, bigotry, racism, or bias based on race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexuality, disability, religion, or national origin.

Boston University is a highly ranked institution:

#78 in the world (2024), #42 in the nation (2022) (Times Higher Education)
#70 in the world (2023), #43 in the nation (2024) (U.S. News & World Report)

Academic Programs

International students may enroll in a wide variety of online and on-campus degree or certificate programs at BU MET. Those studying on campus in Boston must maintain full-time status; those studying online may enroll as part-time students.

Please note: Metropolitan College does not sponsor visas for full-time on-campus study in undergraduate programs (degree or non-degree).

To get started, follow these steps:

  1. Use our program filter to select a graduate program in your subject of choice. Please note that some graduate certificate programs on campus cannot be completed full time.
  2. Review admissions policies and requirements to attend Boston University’s Metropolitan College.
  3. Start your application process online now.

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Take the first step toward a BU degree or certificate. Complete your application and learn more about requirements.

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For information about our programs, contact Admissions & Enrollment Services at or 617-353-6000.