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Types of Programs

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Types of Programs

BC students can choose from a range of study abroad programs. BC has two primary types of semester/academic education abroad programs: Boston College (BC) Programs and Approved External Programs. The application and advising process for both types of academic/semester program is similar. Application instructions are available to assist students in the process.

Last day to schedule an appointment with an OIP Advisor for regular BC and approved external programs for fall 2016, spring 2017 and full year 2016-17
BC Program Tuition: BC tuition
Housing: Unless specifically noted, housing costs are paid to the host university/program, not BC    
Additional Fees: GeoBlue Health Insurance
Grades: Count towards BC GPA and appear on transcript
Credits: General elective and with approval, can be applied to student’s major, minor or core
Financial Aid: BC and federal aid (if eligible)
 

Boston College (BC) programs allow students to study directly at one of BC’s 60+ partner institutions around the world. On a BC Program, the OIP has a direct connection with the host university. Often, the host university abroad will send their own students to BC as part of an exchange. Some BC programs have an on-site coordinator whose roles vary from location to location; these programs are labeled as “BC in.”

Students who attend a BC program continue to pay BC tuition. Students will be billed directly by their BC host institution for housing, unless otherwise noted. A BC program allows students to continue to receive all financial aid, grants, scholarships, tuition remission, etc.  Students will also pay for international health insurance offered through GeoBlue. Many scholarship opportunities exist for students studying abroad and students are encouraged to apply early.

Students attending a BC program will earn BC credit and the grades from abroad will be factored into their BC GPA. Credit will be applied to General Elective Credit. With approval, students may have the credit applied to their major, minor or the BC core. Students should review the study abroad academic guidelines to learn more.

Last day to schedule an appointment with an OIP Advisor for regular BC and approved external programs for fall 2016, spring 2017 and full year 2016-17
Approved External Program Tuition: Cost of the program; students do not pay BC tuition
Housing: Arranged by external program and paid to external program
Additional Fees: $1000 fee to remain matriculated at BC and for the OIP services; GeoBlue Health Insurance
Grades: Do not factor into GPA, but DO appear on transcript
Credits: General elective and with approval, can be applied to student’s major, minor or core
Financial Aid: Federal aid (if eligible)
 

Students may also study on an Approved External Program. Approved External Programs are programs that do not have a formal agreement with BC, yet offer additional abroad opportunities for BC students. Students who choose an external program still must apply to study abroad through the OIP prior to applying to the Approved External Program.

On approved external programs, BC students pay tuition and fees directly to the program provider. Costs vary from program to program; please consult the specific program. Students will not be eligible for BC institutional aid, though state and federal should still be available. Students will pay a $1,000 administration fee and an international health fee to BC.  

Credits from an approved external will transfer back to BC as general elective credit. With approval, credit can be applied to a student’s major, minor or core. Grades will appear on the transcript, but will not be factored into the student’s BC GPA.  

Please note that if BC has a contractual agreement with an institution abroad, BC students may only attend that institution only through a BC program and not through direct enrollment or through another college, university or independent organization.