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Are You Considering Studying Abroad?

Here is where you should start....

The Six W's to Studying Abroad

WHO goes abroad?
Nearly half of Boston College undergraduates participate in some type of international experience by the time they graduate, many of those in the form of a summer, semester, or full year abroad. About 35% of Carroll School students spend a semester abroad.  While most of these students are juniors or first-semester seniors, students are eligible for international summer study after their freshman year. All applicants must show evidence of maturity, stability, self-discipline and strong academic motivation, as well as have a 3.2 GPA.

WHAT programs are available?
Carroll School students may enroll in one of Boston College’s more than 60 programs or an approved externally administered program, or they may construct a program suited to their academic needs with the guidance of their faculty advisor and an International Study Advisor in the Office of International Programs (OIP).

WHERE do students go?

Students enroll in programs across all disciplines in every world region. Increasing numbers of students are studying in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.  Carroll School students are not required to attend a management school abroad.  When selecting your study abroad destination, you will need to consider the availability depending upon the semester you can go, the courses that will be offered there, the languages you can (or cannot) speak, among many other questions. 

WHEN do students need to begin planning?
Undergraduates are encouraged to begin researching international opportunities during the second semester of their freshman year using resources in the Office of International Programs (OIP). Students should also attend a Portico Planning for Study Abroad Workshop during the second semester of freshman year.  A follow-up session is offered in the fall of their sophomore year in the Carroll School. 

WHICH classes can I get credit for while studying abroad?
You may be able to get university core courses, general electives, and courses towards the school of management core or concentrations approved.  More details can be found here.

WHY go abroad?

International study enables students to:
• Focus their program of study.
• Gain new perspectives on a variety of subjects.
• Exchange ideas and information with people from different cultures.
• Make practical applications of classroom theories.
• Increase awareness of cultural diversity and international issues.
• Cultivate important contacts and lasting friendships.
• Live in a challenging atmosphere that inspires both personal and intellectual growth.
• Increase possibilities for future employment.