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Welcome to the Office of International Students and Scholars website! You will find valuable information regarding current immigration regulations, intercultural programming, and current news and events throughout our website. If you have any questions or comments please contact us at

International Students & Scholars Statistics

Read our statistics for the 2013-2014 academic year and see what countries are represented at Boston College.

Immigration Information

OPT Status Update

Graduated, currently on OPT? Please fill out the online form to update our office regarding your employment.

Kaleidoscope- International Journal
Fall 2013

OISS News and Events

Spring Employment Workshop Presentations

 Now available!

NEW Advising Walk-in Hours

Office hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm

Advising walk-in hours:  M & W 2-4pm;

T, Th & F 10am-12pm

In the News

Based on our current statistics, check out recent news articles showcasing the ever-increasing numbers of our international population at BC!

BC Heights article: "International Population Rises at BC"

BC Chronicle article: "World At Our Door"

OISS Newsletter

Read our latest newsletters!

March 2014 Newsletter

December 2013 Newsletter 


Update Your Address In Agora Portal

Report your current local address to the Office of International Students and Scholars upon arrival to Boston College and any change of address in Agora Portal within 10 days of the change.   Please follow these instructions when updating your address. 

2013-2014  International Student Handbook

The OISS International Student Handbook is a great resource for new international students. It contains valuable information that will help you to better adjust to life in Boston and Boston College. The handbook contains such topics as finding an apartment, opening a bank account, buying health insurance and getting a Massachusetts ID as well as how to get involved at Boston College and places to go in the city.  The handbook also contains articles about culture shock and cultural adjustment which you may experience as you are getting accustomed to living and studying in the U.S.  We hope you will find it helpful.