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a retreat for bc students studying abroad in europe


Boston College students report that one of their most meaningful and challenging experiences is their semester of Study Abroad.  This spring, the Office of International Programs is teaming up with the Center for Student Formation in sponsoring a new program. Outpost is designed for students in the midst of their study abroad experience.  Navigating new cultures, adjusting to classes, international travel, and making new friends can make your time abroad fly by.  We invite you to take a weekend to slow down and discuss this valuable life experience.

Outpost Weekend is an opportunity for BC students who are studying abroad in Europe to regroup, reflect and reconnect. Join fellow students, as well as faculty and staff from BC, in a weekend designed to help you get the most out of your time in Europe.

Outpost will kick off on Thursday, March 7, 2013 with a reception at the Boston College - Ireland property on St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.  Complementary accommodations will be provided at a nearby hostel.  The reception will include all students attending the Outpost Weekend as well as Boston College faculty and staff (a great way to network and make connections).

Friday morning the group will depart the hostel in Dublin for a weekend at Kippure Estate (about 40 mins south of Dublin).  This historic hunting lodge in the southern hills of Ireland will provide the perfect backdrop for students to examine how their abroad experience has impacted them, and what lessons and adventures lie ahead.

The program will run through Sunday morning and includes transportation back to Dublin airport for those who need to get back to their home universities.


The program is FREE and will be offered to any student who is studying in Europe for the Spring 2013 semester.  The only costs that a BC student will incur is travel costs to and from the site in Dublin (hurray for Ryan Air or other cheap alternatives!) and any socializing that occurs after the reception on Thursday night.  All other costs associated with the retreat will be covered by Boston College.