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Semester and Academic Year Programs

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Boston College (BC) students are able to choose from more than 140 programs around the world on six continents, in virtually every discipline. All study abroad is considered to be integral to a comprehensive and holistic undergraduate experience at BC. Students gain skills and knowledge which help them become more globally competent and prepared for post-graduation career opportunities. To provide students with the utmost academic flexibility, students can select semester and full-year study with BC or approved external programs. Please see below for details regarding the nature of each program type.

BC programs

Boston College Programs are those where BC has a direct relationship with an overseas university or provider. In many locations, BC students have access to an on-site coordinator; at others students have a more independent experience with the host institution. On programs without a coordinator students receive most services from the host university, with less direct support and supervision from BC. Whether or not a BC program has an on-site coordinator is indicated on the OIP website. Common attributes of BC programs include:

  • Students continue to pay BC tuition
  • Students remain eligible for all financial aid they would generally receive at BC
  • Students can apply for McGillycuddy-Logue Travel Grants;
  • Students receive a full semester or year of elective credit and; in addition, some courses abroad may count towards major/minor/core requirements
  • Grades earned abroad appear on the BC transcript and are included in GPA calculations at BC

Approved external programs

Approved external programs are offered by universities and providers other than BC. BC provides advising and general administrative support, yet most services are handled by the provider institution. These programs are characterized by the following:

  • Students do not pay BC tuition, but rather pay tuition and fees directly to the provider
  • Students are charged $1,000 BC administrative fee
  • Students forfeit BC financial aid but continue to receive federal and state aid
  • Grades appear on transcript but are not calculated into the BC GPA
  • Students receive a full semester or year of elective credit; and in addition, some courses abroad may count towards major/minor/core requirements