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Selecting Courses Abroad

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General Terms

As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. You should not underload. BC program participants can refer to the course load requirement table for guidelines, since what constitutes a full load may vary by program. External program participants should complete the equivalent of 15-16 U.S. credits per semester.  If you need BC major, minor, or core requirements met abroad, please read these guidelines.  All students will receive a maximum of 18 BC credits per semester upon evaluation of their transcript. Please note that BC will not award credit for non-academic courses, for example any food, wine, yoga, fitness, martial arts, chorus, or sports classes, and will not list audited courses on your BC transcript.


OIP Course Registration

When you finalize your course selections abroad, please complete the OIP “Course Registration” process. This will help us to process your transcript in a timely manner.


Pass/Fail Courses

In accordance with BC policy:

  • students abroad can take a maximum of one pass/fail course per semester;
  • no business course can be taken pass/fail;
  • a pass/fail course cannot fulfill a BC major, minor, or core requirement;
  • mandatory BC program courses, such as courses taught by a BC on-site coordinator cannot be taken pass/fail.

If you wish to designate a course as pass/fail, send the title of the course to your Program Manager within one month of the first class meeting. No grade changes will be made after the pass/fail request period has ended. 


Withdrawing or Dropping Courses

Withdrawing from a course abroad is not permitted. Students are expected to enroll in and maintain a full course load, which is the equivalent of 15-16 U.S. credit hours for each semester abroad. Students should direct any questions regarding courses abroad to their international study advisor.