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Study Abroad Fair

Advising in the Office of International Programs (OIP) is a required two-step process: students begin by attending a Study Abroad 101 meeting. The Study Abroad 101 session will discuss how to approach studying abroad at Boston College. General information regarding requirements, deadlines, and program choice will also be covered.  Students are then encouraged to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss specifics for each program. 


Advising for the 2017-18 Academic Year 

Study Abroad 101 meetings for sophomores interested in studying abroad during the 2018-2019 academic year begins on Thursday, September 14, 2017. OIP Advisor meetings for sophomores starts on September 26, 2017*. Follow the instructions below to schedule a meeting. Please note that your meeting is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation from the OIP appointment system. Appointment times fill up quickly and students are encouraged to sign up early. 


*Juniors or Seniors should contact an OIP Advisor directly to schedule a meeting.


Students must complete an initial advising questionnaire before attending their Study Abroad 101 meeting. 


Students will learn about general OIP policies, programs, and procedures and begin thinking critically about their intended abroad experience.

Students must attend a Study Abroad 101 Meeting to be eligible to study abroad.

Click here to view Study Abroad 101 meetings and to sign up.

Please note that Abroad 101 meetings are capped at 25 students per meeting and students must sign up to attend. Meetings are held in the Office of International Programs.

Montserrat students meet with the Montserrat Advisor next.


All students are encouraged to meet a study abroad advisor after their Study Abroad 101 Meeting

Students applying to BC summer programs follow a separate process.


OIP Advisors are experts in their abroad regions, who can explain BC partner and external programs, academic culture abroad, and help students decide what may program be the best fit for them. Students must have completed Step 1 prior to scheduling an OIP Advisor meeting.

To schedule a meeting, click on the name of the OIP Advisor specializing in the region you are interested in:

OIP Advisors  
Sara Brown (
Advisor for AustraliaNew ZealandIrelandGermany and Eastern Europe

Christina Hatzipetros (
Advisor for Asia, the Middle EastSoutheast Europe, the Netherlands, Scandanavia, and  Scholarships & Awards

Mireille McLaughlin (
Advisor for FranceItaly, and Switzerland

Patrick O'Donnell (
Advisor for Latin AmericaSpain as well as McGillycuddy-Logue Fellows Program.

Larry Pickener (
Advisor for Great Britain and Sub-Saharan Africa

Students seeking guidance in applying for prestigious merit awards for study abroad, as well as need-based scholarships and grants for the academic year or summer, are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Scholarships Advisor at OIP. To prepare for this meeting, students are asked to review scholarships information on the OIP website and arrive with specific questions.

Students who are interested in pursuing the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship or the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship are required to meet with the campus coordinator, Christina Hatzipetros, well in advance of the deadlines. To prepare for this meeting, students are asked to prepare draft application essays to bring to the meeting.

Montserrat students applying for academic year or summer programs are encouraged to meet with the Montserrat Advisor early on in the process of selecting programs, ideally after completing Step 1. Students receive guidance with long-term financial planning and scholarship and grant applications. The Montserrat Advisor will go over the estimated student budget for BC semester and year programs, as well as summer programs, and refer students to meeting with their Financial Aid Advisor. Freshmen are encouraged to begin the process early.

Students who are interested in summer programs follow a separate process, with a requirement to meet with the Summer Advisor if applying for summer internships.