Visiting US Student Registration

We welcome you to participate in Boston University Summer Term 2021. Registration is open. No special admission is required.

You can register through our online registration system, or by sending in your registration form via mail, fax, or email. Visiting students who already have a BU ID should complete a paper registration form using their existing ID number. Please note that visiting international students coming to BU for the summer should follow the registration instructions on the international section of the Summer Term website.

Register online

Students new to Boston University can register online by completing the following steps: 

  1. Create a Boston University login account by completing the Login Account Form. After you have submitted this form, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will give you the information necessary to set up your Boston University login name and Kerberos password. There is a chance this email could end up in junk or spam, so remember to check those folders if you do not receive it in your inbox.
  1. After you have established your BU login name and Kerberos password, you will be asked to complete a Visiting Student Online Registration Form, providing us with your personal contact information. Upon submitting this form, you are ready to register for summer courses. 
  1. Register online on the Student Link.
  • Click on the link above or go to bu.edu/studentlink. 
  • Select the “Academics” tab 
  • Select “Registration” 
  • Enter your BU login name and Kerberos password 
  • Select “Reg Options” for the summer session you want to register for 
  • Select “Register for Class”
  • Search for the course(s) you want to take 
  • Mark classes to be added 
  • Select “Add Classes to Schedule”

      Once you have completed this process, you are officially registered in your BU summer course(s). You can visit the Student Link at any time to add and drop courses (until the published deadlines), list or print your class schedule, check your grades, and update your personal information. 

      If you experience any problems, or have questions, please email summer@bu.edu. 

      Register via paper-based form

      Visiting students may also register by downloading a Summer Term registration form. Use the Summer 1 Registration Form for Session 1 and 12-week courses and the Summer 2 Registration Form for Session 2 courses. You may register for both sessions at once as long as a separate form is submitted for each session. You may also complete the optional Directory Information Restriction Form. If you have attended BU in the past, make sure to include your prior BU ID number on your registration form. 

      Mail, fax, email, or walk-in your registration form, by the dates below.  

      Boston University Summer Term
      755 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 105
      Boston, MA 02215
      Phone: 617-353-5124
      Fax: 617-353-5532
      Email: summer@bu.edu 

      Registration dates for standard Summer Term courses, 2021

      Summer 1
      Summer 2
      February 25—May 28 February 25—July 12

      Start and end dates for standard Summer Term courses, 2021

      Summer 1
      Summer 2
      May 24—July 2 July 6—August 13

      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. Add/drop dates for nonstandard courses are individually determined and can be found next to the course on the Student Link or summer description.

      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 EC 101S 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. Please see Course Codes & Numbers for further information on the numbering system.

      Payment

      Charges for tuition and fees will appear on your student account soon after you register for classes. These charges will remain, and you will be responsible for payment, unless you officially withdraw or drop your course(s) by the published deadlines. See the Tuition, Fees, & Payment section for additional payment information.

      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.

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