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Summer Programs Abroad

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BC SUMMER PROGRAMS

Each year, approximately 300 students participate in Boston College faculty-led summer programs across the globe. Program offerings change annually and recent offerings included programs in numerous cities throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa on subjects ranging from politics and oil in Kuwait to creative writing in Mussoorie, India to service learning in Santiago, Chile.

Summer Programs are open to all BC students and external students enrolled in other accredited institutions of higher education. Programs count toward BC graduation requirements (maximum of two summer programs per student) and can fulfill major/minor and core requirements. Grades appear on transcripts and are factored into students' GPA as regular BC courses. For additional information on summer programs, please navigate the Resources column on the right.

EXTERNAL SUMMER PROGRAMS

Students interested in any non-BC summer program will not work with the Office of International Programs but should instead apply directly to the desired program. Students must contact their respective deans to gain BC course credit for any external programs.

2016 Summer Photo Contest 

France

"Walking on clouds in the Miroir d'eau in front of the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, France"

"Walking on clouds in the Miroir d'eau in front of the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, France"

1st Place: Mackenzie Hulme

"Walking on clouds in the Miroir d'eau in front of the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, France"

1st Place: Mackenzie Hulme

"Walking on clouds in the Miroir d'eau in front of the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux, France"

New Zealnad

"BC students explore the scenic Mount Aspiring National Park near Wanaka, New Zealand"

"BC students explore the scenic Mount Aspiring National Park near Wanaka, New Zealand"

 

2nd Place: John Kenney

"BC students explore the scenic Mount Aspiring National Park near Wanaka, New Zealand"

 
Kuwait

"Tourist admires Doha skyline at the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar."

2016 Summer Blog Contest

Read an excerpt from Hannah's winning blog:

“Walking down Rue d’Aligre immediately reminds me of Thanksgiving. The street is a cornucopia of summer produce, a plentiful bounty of the season’s harvest. The line of vendors’ booths form a long banquet table like the one at my aunt's where my family eats our annual meal. Though I may be an American tourist, I want a seat at this feast.”

 

Read an excerpt from Robin's winning blog:

“In both Cape Town and the Gauteng Province, where Johannesburg and Pretoria are located, poverty is rampant. Informal settlements, also known as townships, are characterized by tin roofs, off-colored walls, and back-to-back shacks that sprawl throughout districts over gentle hills and sandy flats. They are often conveniently separated by highways for the foreign tourists to ignore as they drive to popular destinations like Table Mountain or Krueger National Park.”

Read an excerpt from Elizabeth's winning blog:

“For the first time, during what felt like the fastest month of my life, I was not sleep walking. I was irrefutably awake, partly because of the structure of the program, but mostly because of the people around us. These men, women, and children were certainly not sleep walking through life. They were awake and engaged in the world around them. They spoke out against the injustices in their lives, challenged oppressive structures, debated with people of all different viewpoints and origins, and protested and persevered until they saw results.” 

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.