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Semester & Academic Year Study Abroad

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Semester & Academic Year Application Process

Sophomores interested in studying abroad during their junior year will follow this process beginning in the fall of their sophomore year.
Summer study abroad programs are open to all students, including non-BC students.   To study abroad during the summer, please click here.
1. RESEARCH PROGRAMS
2. MEET WITH AN ADVISING ASSISTANT

You will meet with an advising assistant who will help you understand the basics of study abroad, answer any preliminary questions and advise you on how to proceed. You will complete the Initial Advising Form during your meeting with an Advising Assistant. The Initial Advising Form was created to assist students in their study abroad research. Students are required to bring this form to their meeting with each International Studies Advisor. If you are a member of the Montserrat Coalition, you should first meet with JoAnn Lopez, the Montserrat Coalition Liaison and Scholarships Assistant, before you meet with an advising assistant.

3. FOLLOW UP RESEARCH
  • Attend an information session
  • Review program materials
  • Make sure you have a passport that is valid for the time abroad and six months beyond.
  • Thinking about how to finance study abroad? Learn more about scholarship options available through OIP here.
4. MEET WITH AN INTERNATIONAL STUDY ADVISOR (ISA)

You will meet with one of the six International Study Advisors to make your final program choice. You should come to this meeting with at most two or three programs in mind. At this point in the process, you should be able to answer the questions on the Initial Advising Form which you will have filled out during your Advising Assistant meeting and during subsequent research.

At your ISA meeting, you will select your study abroad program. You may take extra time to make your decision, but once you have selected your program, you will need to inform your ISA so that she/he can create a record for you in the OIP database.

5. CHOOSE PROGRAM ONLINE

Once your ISA has created a record for you in the OIP database, you must confirm your first choice program online. This must be complete before February 5th for regular programs and before December 15th  for early deadline programs. Once this date has passed, students may only be considered for approved external programs.

6. APPROVAL NOTIFICATION BY OIP [February]

Your ISA will check that you meet:

You will receive an email from OIP within two weeks of the February deadline and within one month of the December deadline. In this email, you will be notified if you meet the study abroad requirements or not. If you do meet the requirements, the email will contain instructions as to how to proceed with your application process.

7. COMPLETE AND RETURN APPLICATION MATERIALS

All students will receive an email from the Application Specialist containing application materials and instructions. It is the student’s responsibility to read all documentation and complete requirements.

  • Observe respective deadlines
  • Obtain departmental/academic approval to study abroad
  • For BC programs, return all application materials to OIP.
  • For external programs, return checklist to OIP; external program applications must be submitted by the student directly to the program provider.
8. ATTEND MANDATORY PROGRAM MEETINGS
  • Your ISA will inform you of dates and times
  • Contact departments for course approval as needed
  • Verify visa requirements for your nationality and destination; processing times and required documentation vary. 
  • OIP provides information and support for the visa process; however, students are responsible for obtaining their own visas.
9. CONFIRMATION FORM DUE
  • Students confirm program participation and agree to Boston College study abroad terms by submitting their final confirmation form to OIP.
  • The final confirmation form must be returned in order for students to be registered to study abroad.
10. DEPARTURE