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Students Overlook the a City Abroad

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing in order to participate in summer programs. While abroad, students are subject to the local laws in their host country, which vary widely worldwide. Any illegal or unacceptable behavior may result in BC disciplinary action upon return to campus. The OIP and on-site staff also reserve the right to dismiss students from the program if necessary.

In order to make the most of their experience, students are expected to:

  • Educate themselves about and fully immerse themselves into their host country’s culture
  • Serve as exemplary BC and US ambassadors by taking full responsibility for their personal conduct and academic performance
  • Learn and obey local laws and customs
  • Maximize personal safety by taking reasonable precautions, safeguarding belongings, and keeping emergency contact information on hand
  •  Disclose any existing physical or psychological conditions to their OIP advisor to ensure a safe and healthy experience abroad
  • Consider host country culture, attitudes, and laws regarding personal relationships, sexuality, race, religion, and gender
  • Carefully review all program materials and respond to communications from the OIP, on-site staff, and faculty leader in a timely manner

To study abroad, your passport must be valid for at least six months after your US return date. Visa requirements and processes vary by country and length of stay. The OIP will provide general information for each program, but students are responsible for securing their own visas when required by the host country.

Non-US citizens may have different requirements, and these students are responsible for reviewing and complying with their host country's visa regulations. The OIP will provide an official letter verifying student participation in a summer program if required in order to secure a visa.

If you have a physical or psychological condition that requires ongoing treatment, it is strongly recommended that you notify the OIP prior to departure and consult your physician or counselor to ensure that you have the resources and support you may need while abroad.

Students are strongly encouraged to have medical and dental exams prior to departure and to verify that all vaccinations are current. Certain countries may also require or recommend additional vaccinations prior to departure. For further information on recommended vaccines for your specific country, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.  

The OIP registers all summer program participants for international health insurance with HTH Worldwide for the duration of their time abroad. For more information, please visit our the HTH resource page.

Attitudes, customs, laws, facilities, and social practices relating to various populations may be different than in the US. Some countries are very progressive, while others are far more conservative. To prepare for cultural differences, students are encouraged to research their host country and speak with others who have traveled there. Students will be subject to their host country’s laws, even if these may be considered discriminatory. Do not hesitate to contact your OIP advisor if you have any questions or concerns. All matters will be kept confidential.

Attendance at a general pre-departure orientation session (in April) as well as a program-specific meeting is mandatory for all students.

All students are expected to review the OIP Summer Handbook prior to departure for detailed information on travel preparations and resources/expectations while abroad.