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Welcome to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)! The OISS provides advice, programs, and services to more than 2,200 international students (undergraduate, graduate, and exchange), faculty and research scholars from over 90 countries. You will find valuable information regarding current immigration regulations, programming, and current news and events throughout our website. Read our statistics for the 2015-2016 academic year and see what countries are represented at Boston College.

News and Announcements  

International Education Week

Initiated in 2000 by the US Department of State and the Department of Education, International Education Week (IEW) emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages, and affirms the critical role the international education plays at Boston College.

Celebrated from November 7th to 18th, the theme for Boston College’s 2016 IEW is "Beyond Borders: Identities and Perceptions in Today's World". This topic allows us to respond to a number of key issues being discussed today, including but not limited to the US presidential election, race relations on campuses and in local communities, the status and conditions of refugees and immigrants, and perceptions of the US from abroad and vice versa.

Applying for OPT or CPT

Planning to work this summer or after graduation? Optional Practical Training can take at least 90 days to be approved. Plan ahead! Viist our employment page for more information.

For those of you who need to file taxes, they are due on April 15th. All international students must file form 8843 by June 15th. Visit the OISS tax information page for more information.


Thea Bowman House
Thea Bowman House
(Behind Lyons and Stokes)
72 College Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM

Advising Walk-in Hours

During walk-in times you can speak to an advisor on-call on a first come, first serve basis.  Appointments with advisors can also be made by calling 617 552 8005.  Please read our walk-in hours policy found in the section Contact Us.












Quick links

OPT Employer Update Form:  Please fill out the online form to update our office regarding your employment. 

OISS Forms: Find OISS application forms here

Local Address Update: You must notify the OISS of any change of address with in 10 days of the change to do this simply update your local address in Agora


International Education Week: For more information on IEW, please visit the website: