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Summer Programs Abroad

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BC summer programs

The OIP works closely with Boston College faculty and on-site staff to design unique academic summer programs for students. Programs are offered in a variety of subject areas worldwide and are always taught by Boston College faculty.

BC Summer Programs:

  • Are open to all students, including non-BC students
  • Are taught by BC faculty
  • Last for four to six weeks in length, usually beginning in the end of May or in August
  • Can count towards BC graduation requirements (limit of one)
  • May count towards major/minor/core requirements
  • Do not affect GPA, although the course will appear on a transcript
  • Pay summer tuition, a programs fee, and an international health insurance fee
  • Offer scholarships and grants BC students can apply for

Health, Safety, and Security

Each summer program involves a BC faculty member and almost always a local on-site coordinator who are both available to students in case of an emergency. The OIP has emergency plans in place and every student is registered for international medical insurance as part of the program they choose.

Cultural Experience and Excursions

Every summer program incorporates local culture and excursions as integral components to a student’s experience abroad. In some cases this may include students living with host families. As much as possible, the programs treat building intercultural competency as a key learning outcome during a student's time abroad.

Eligibility and Admissions

Students in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to submit an application to study abroad. Applications will be reviewed based on a submitted essay, academic records, demonstrable communication skills, and maturity. While academic records will be reviewed there is no minimum GPA requirement to participate in a summer program.

 The OIP highly recommends students schedule at least one meeting with an advisor prior to applying in order to discuss best options based on individual goals, interests, and needs.

Admissions Timeline

Admission to all summer program will be on a rolling basis beginning after the notification for admissions date found below.

  • October 1- Application opens for summer programs
  • November 15- Notification of admissions begins
  • February 5- Application deadline for summer programs

Once the notification period begins, students with a completed application will receive an admissions decision within two to four weeks. Applicants will be notified of any decisions by email.

Confirmation of Participation

In order to confirm participation in a credit-bearing BC summer program abroad, students must complete a confirmation form packet and return it to the Office of International Programs by the date indicated on their acceptance letter. Students who fail to turn in this confirmation form by the date indicated on their acceptance letter will lose their summer study abroad placement.

How to Apply

Scholarships and Grants


BC summer programs have a different cost structure. Students are billed BC summer tuition, program fee, HTH Worldwide fee, and registration fee. Estimated costs for Summer 2014 programs will not be available until the Spring semester. However, the expected costs from 2013 is available to provide likely expenses.

For a PDF of Summer 2013 costs, click here.

For a list of available Summer 2014 Programs, click here.

Withdrawal Policy

By turning in the Final Confirmation and Clearance forms by the date indicated on an acceptance letter, a student commits to participate in a summer program abroad. After receiving the forms, the OIP will then dedicate a place in a program and make any necessary payments for that student.

To withdraw from a program, a student must send an email to indicating a desire to be removed from the participant list. Depending on the date of withdrawal, the following withdrawal fees will apply.

Days from program start date Withdrawal Fee
46-60 days 15% of the total program fee
31-45 days 25% of the total program fee
21-30 days 50% of the total program fee
20 days or fewer 100% of the total program fee


Students who are interested in a non-BC summer program will not work with the Office of International Programs but should instead apply directly to the desired program. Students should contact their respective deans if they are looking to gain course credit for a non-BC summer program.


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.