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The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) is richly gifted by the presence of an international student community. While approximately seventy percent of the students come from the United States, over twenty-four different countries are represented within the other thirty percent of the student population.

The STM is dedicated to educating men and women for service in a global Church. Our international students contribute to the diversity which is so important for the learning environment. Whether in the classroom or planning liturgies or parties, students from around the world come together to share their experiences and perspectives - making the STM a unique place where cross-cultural collaboration is part of everyday student life.

The school administration seeks to assist the students for other countries to have a smooth transition to study while here in the U.S. Before the formal orientation takes place for all new students, an orientation gathering for international students is held. Here, international students have the chance to meet one another and to acquire information specific to their needs.  Special opportunities for international students to gather are scheduled. These are usually evening gatherings of time for prayer, sharing, and a meal prepared by students featuring foods of their respective countries.

Academic assistance for international students is needed most in the area of writing theology in English. For this purpose the school has developed a comprehensive tutorial program. Students are provided with group sessions as well as one on one review of theme development and writing skills. In summary, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is committed to seeking ways to assist students from other countries to accomplish their study objectives, in an environment that is supportive and conducive to their well-being.

As an international student at Boston College, you’ll have access to a variety of resources offered through the University’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Their web site has valuable information regarding current immigration regulations, visa applications, and health care in addition to BC international orientation and intercultural programming. The OISS provides advisement and services for all academic year international students.  The office is located in 21 Campanella Way.  Click here to visit the OISS website.

The cosmopolitan environment of the Boston area and of Boston College itself offers an exciting setting for international students. STM students often meet other students from their respective countries who are studying at one of the several BC graduate schools and other world - renowned academic institutions in the area. Opportunities abound at Boston College for international social exchange and intellectual dialogue.