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Meeting with the OIP

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Study Abroad Fair

Advising in the Office of International Programs (OIP) is a required two-step process: students begin by meeting with an Advising Assistant (AA), who helps them to navigate the overall education abroad process; and they then meet with an OIP Advisor, who offers expertise on individual programs and regions. As of this year, students may also satisfy the AA requirement by attending a group meeting by appointment. 

Advising for the 2016-17 Academic Year

AA meetings and group meetings for sophomores interested in going abroad during the 2017-2018 academic year begin on Monday, September 7, 2016. OIP Advisor meetings start on September 26, 2016. Appointment times fill up quickly and students are encouraged to sign up early.

Follow the instructions below to schedule a meeting. Students must complete an advising questionaire before scheduling their first meeting. Please note that your meeting is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation from the OIP appointment system.

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

Students can begin the process by meeting with an Advising Assistant or attending a Group Meeting.

Montserrat students meet with the Montserrat Advisor next.

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 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 (sara.brown.3@bc.edu)
Advisor for AustraliaNew ZealandIrelandGermany and Eastern Europe

Christina Hatzipetros (christina.hatzipetros@bc.edu)
Advisor for Asia, the Middle EastSoutheast Europe, as well as Scholarships & Awards

Mireille McLaughlin (fortieme@bc.edu)
Advisor for FranceItaly, and Switzerland

Patrick O'Donnell (patrick.odonnell.3@bc.edu)
Advisor for Latin AmericaSpain as well as McGillycuddy-Logue Fellows Program.

Larry Pickener (larry.pickener@bc.edu)
Advisor for Great Britain and Sub-Saharan Africa

Maria Segala (maria.segala@bc.edu)
Advisor for the NetherlandsScandinavia, the SEA program and the Washington Semester.

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.