International Exchange Student Programs
office of international programs
Boston College offers a wide range of academic and interdisciplinary programs in the arts and sciences, management, education, and nursing. Qualified students may also apply for a semester or year with the prestigious Boston College Law School. Exchange students choose from the regular BC course catalog and take classes alongside their American counterparts.
Located 6 miles west of downtown Boston, Boston College offers a lovely, suburban campus with easy access to all the amenities of the city. The student population currently stands at 14,000, with approximately 9,100 undergraduate and 4,900 graduate students.
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Founded in 1630, the city of Boston is a blend of the past, present, and future. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings are interspersed among tall, modern office buildings, and the city is surrounded by a corridor of high-technology industries. Boston boasts the greatest concentration of higher education institutions in the United States, and is a hub for the arts and culture, with world-renowned museums and a wide variety of sporting, musical, and theatrical events.
Upon arrival, all incoming international students will participate in BC’s International Student Orientation given by the Office of International Programs (OIP) and the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), with a special session for exchange students. Students may request faculty advisors for assistance with course selection and general academic advice.
Due to limited on-campus housing, most exchange students find off-campus accommodations in shared houses or apartments with other BC students. A lottery is held for the available on-campus housing in May (for fall/year students) and in October (for spring students). The BC Off-Campus Housing Office assists exchange students in finding suitable off-campus housing.
Exchange Mentor Program
To help with adjustment to BC student life, exchange students are matched with BC students who have studied in the exchange student's university or their home country.
BC offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities, with 34 intramural or club sports, over 150 social and intercultural clubs, as well as volunteer opportunities. OIP and OISS also host social activities for all exchange and international students, and BC mentors. Exchange students are also encouraged to become active in community-based volunteer activities.
International exchange student Matthias Bakker, University of Amsterdam, pictured with US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, R. Nicholas Burns '78, during a campus visit in April 2007.