Registration for Visiting Students

Registration for Visiting Students

Visiting students are welcome to participate in Boston University Summer Term. No special admission is required.

Beginning on February 21, 2019, you can register using our online registration system, or by sending in (or faxing us) your registration form. Course information will be available December 15. Sign up now for an email reminder.

Start and End Dates for Standard Summer Term Courses 2019

Summer 1 Summer 2
May 21 - June 28 July 1 - August 9

Note: Some instructors do not allow students to join their course once it has begun. It is recommended that you register for and attend summer classes by their first meeting date. During add/drop week, if you want to add a course after it has started, you should first contact the instructor to receive permission to add.

Standard courses are courses that start and end on the official dates of a six week summer session: Summer 1 or Summer 2. Nonstandard courses have a class meeting schedule that differs from an official six week session.

Course Loads

A full course load in a standard six-week session at Boston University Summer Term is eight semester credits (generally two courses). Visiting students wishing to take more than this number of credits should seek approval from the director of Summer Term. Overload courses need to be added using a paper registration form.

Course Codes

All Summer Term courses are assigned a College and departmental code, a three-digit course number, and a section identifier. For example, CAS EC101S A1 means that the course is offered in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), by the Economics Department (EC). The course number 101 indicates it is an introductory course, the S indicates it is a summer course, and section A1 indicates it is offered in Summer 1. Graduate level courses have course numbers above 500. Please see Course Numbers for further information on the numbering system.


Charges for tuition and fees will appear on your student account as soon as you register for classes. These charges will remain, and you will be responsible for payment, unless you officially withdraw or drop your course(s).

Still have questions? Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for visiting students might have the answer. If not, contact us and we will be happy to help.