Leave of Absence for External Study Abroad

The BU Study Abroad office is your guide to the process.
Please see External Programs for BU Students Only for information and a comprehensive checklist of steps to take before, during, and after your semester studying away from BU.

Contact the USC for information on arranging a leave.
To arrange a leave of absence to pursue a non-BU/external study abroad, you’ll need to make an appointment with an associate director in the office, and complete some paperwork so we can update your records.  These appointments last 15-30 minutes depending on your unique circumstances.  We offer appointments in the month of December for students going abroad in spring, while we offer appointments in late April and May for students going abroad in the fall.

For Spring 2018 leaves: In response to student feedback, the USC will be offering students the opportunity to attend an information session designed specifically for students pursuing a non-BU/external study abroad.  Information sessions will be offered in the second half of the fall semester.  Students attending the information session will be sent leave of absence paperwork to complete and return to the USC by January 5, 2018–the in-person appointment requirement will be satisfied by attendance at the session.  We hope these sessions will offer additional convenience for students who find it tricky to make daytime appointments in November and December due to class, exam, work, and extracurricular schedules.