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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.


International Student Orientation

For more information regarding orientation for all new international students, please click here.


International Students & Scholars Statistics

Read our statistics for the 2015-2016 academic year and see what countries are represented at Boston College.

Kaleidoscope- International Journal
  Fall 2014

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.

2014-2015  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.


Thea Bowman House
Thea Bowman House
In June 2015, the OISS moved from Maloney Hall 441 to:
Thea Bowman House (Right behind Lyons and Stokes)
72 College Road
Chesntut Hill, MA 02467

OISS News and Events

Advising Walk-in Hours

We at the OISS are preparing for a busy spring.  As a reminder, we are continuing our advising walk-in hours policy, which was implemented to better serve the international population at BC.

Our advising walk-in hours schedule is below and is always in our email signatures. Please read our walk-in hours policy found in the section Contact Us.












Read our latest newsletters!

April 2015

February 2015

December 2014


In the News

Please check out recent news articles highlighting the importance of International Education Week and its impact at BC!

BC Heights article: "International Education Week Focuses on Social Justic, Solidarity"

BC Heights article: "International Education Week Sparks Global Focus


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"

Spring Employment Workshop Presentations

Available here!