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Welcome to the Office of International Students and Scholars website! You will find valuable information regarding current immigration regulations, intercultural programming, and current news and events throughout our website. If you have any questions or comments please contact us at

Immigration Information

OPT Status Update

Graduated and currently on OPT? Please fill out the online form to update our office regarding your employment.  This is a requirement.


OISS Orientation Sign-up for NEW Incoming students is now open! 

International Student Orientation is mandatory for incoming undergraduate and exchange students. 

Dates for Orientation: Orientation for ALL students will be Wednesday, August 27th.  For undergrad and exchange students, the dates for Orientation will be Monday, August 26th until Friday, August 29th. 

2014 OISS Orientation Sign-Up

Orientation Schedule

To attend the Sunset Boat Cruise, please click the link below to pay. Freshmen CANNOT attend the Boat Cruise, due to mandatory events for Welcome Week.

Pay for Orientation Boat Cruise here: (freshmen CANNOT attend. Do NOT click on UPS document; click on Sunset Boat Cruise: $16.00)

If you are having problems signing up for orientation please contact our office at


International Students & Scholars Statistics

Read our statistics for the 2013-2014 academic year and see what countries are represented at Boston College.

Kaleidoscope- International Journal
 Spring 2014

OISS News and Events

We have MOVED!  On June 12, 2014 we moved to Maloney 441, 4th floor.


Summer Hours and Advising Walk-in Hours

Office hours: Monday -Thursday 9am to 4pm, and Fridays 9am to 3pm

Advising walk-in hours:  M & W 2-4pm;

T, Th & F 10am-12pm


In the News

Based on our current statistics, check out recent news articles showcasing the ever-increasing numbers of our international population at BC!

BC Heights article: "International Population Rises at BC"

BC Chronicle article: "World At Our Door"


OISS Newsletters

Read our latest newsletters!

April 2014 Newsletter

March 2014 Newsletter

December 2013 Newsletter 


Spring Employment Workshop Presentations

Available here!

Update Your Address In Agora Portal

Report your current local address to the Office of International Students and Scholars upon arrival to Boston College and any change of address in Agora Portal within 10 days of the change.   Please follow these instructions when updating your address. 

2013-2014  International Student Handbook

The OISS International Student Handbook is a great resource for new international students. It contains valuable information that will help you to better adjust to life in Boston and Boston College. The handbook contains such topics as finding an apartment, opening a bank account, buying health insurance and getting a Massachusetts ID as well as how to get involved at Boston College and places to go in the city.  The handbook also contains articles about culture shock and cultural adjustment which you may experience as you are getting accustomed to living and studying in the U.S.  We hope you will find it helpful.