About Boston University Summer Term

A World-Renowned Institution

Founded in 1839, Boston University is internationally recognized as a top institution of higher learning and research (ranked 32 in the world by U.S. News & World Report). The University's 17 schools and colleges offer more than 250 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and special degree programs, along with the resources of 23 libraries and over 100 academic centers and institutes. With more than 33,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries, Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU is a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities.

Boston University’s award-winning faculty includes Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners, former U.S. poets laureate, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, National Book Award recipients, and dozens of leading scientists, authors, and scholars. With their strong commitment to teaching, BU’s faculty lay the groundwork that inspires students to continue the University's distinguished tradition of accomplishment.

Boston University has over 342,000 living alumni, who exemplify a rich tradition of social concern, academic excellence, and innovation. The pioneering contributions of BU’s alumni reach back to the earliest years of the University, deeply influencing events in every aspect of life, including civil rights, science and medicine, journalism, literature, business, government and politics, entertainment, broadcasting, popular culture, and sports. Today, Boston University continues to be a paragon of excellence, attracting some of the brightest and the best from across the world.

Learn more about Boston University, or take a look at BU Today.

About BU Summer Term

Each summer, more than 7,000 students from the United States and around the world attend Summer Term at Boston University. With over 700 courses from a majority of the University’s schools and colleges, students can pursue a wide variety of subjects in undergraduate or graduate study. Additionally, a range of “Summer Highlights” bring attention to unique areas of study, such as Boston Studies, Business for Non-Majors, and Music Education, among others. Summer Term is a great opportunity for students to earn credits toward graduation, focus on challenging courses, develop professional expertise, or explore new topics for personal enrichment.

Summer in Boston

About BU Summer Term - Charles River - Runner

Located in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, the Boston University campus stretches alongside the Charles River Esplanade, where students like to bicycle, boat, jog, or sunbathe. The campus is close to several cultural and recreational attractions in Boston, like historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, 2013 World Series Champions. Comedy clubs, theatres, shopping, dining, and government and financial districts are easily accessed by subway or bus (the "T").

Summer is one of the best seasons to live in and explore Boston and Massachusetts. From salons, spas, clothing stores, and outdoor dining, there’s something for everyone on Newbury Street or in Copley Place. Like sports? Catch some baseball at Fenway Park or soccer at Gillette Stadium. Boston is a great music town—every night there is live music in the city’s many clubs. Relax with a book in the city’s lush parks, experience theatre, or wander through Boston’s amazing museums like the historic Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, or the Museum of Science. Remnants of Boston's storied past still exist in the city's diverse neighborhoods and in spots like Faneuil Hall Market Place, with its shops and eateries, and in the Old North Church, which was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.”

There is plenty of entertainment as well as lots of great social, recreational, and cultural activities to enjoy in the city. But when you want a change of scenery, it’s easy to get around: the MBTA Commuter Rail can transport you to scenic beaches in Manchester, Gloucester, or Rockport; the Cape Flyer connects Boston to picturesque Cape Cod; and the Amtrak Downeaster can get you to the refreshing shores of Maine. If you like to hike or camp, the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont are only a few hours’ drive. If you want to travel outside of New England, you can hop on a train or bus at South Station and head to other major cities, like New York City, Philadelphia, or Washington, DC.

For more information on what to do in Boston, visit our Boston in the Summer page.


Boston University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. The individual schools and colleges of the University carry additional accreditation in their respective fields. The University is a member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only group of 62 of North America’s most prestigious research universities.