So many programs to choose from
Students can choose from a wide range of semester and academic year programs. Search and compare Boston College programs and approved external programs. The advising and application process for semester and academic year programs is similar. Application instructions are available to assist students in the process.
Students can extend their time abroad by adding a BC faculty-led summer program or intenship. Note that the advising and application process for summer programs is different. Information and application instructions for summer programs and internships is available to assist students.
What is the difference between BC and external programs?
Boston College Programs
While we encourage you to compare and consider several programs for your study abroad experience, please remember that at the end you will be approved to apply to one program only. Students who are not accepted to their first program of choice will be accommodated on other Boston College programs.
Full year program* applicants must meet with an OIP advisor before submitting an application.
Some programs are limited and there is no waiting list. Due to the high volume of applications, candidates who are selected typically have a GPA higher than the minimum GPA listed on the program page. Students interested in applying for these programs are strongly encouraged to meet with the appropriate advisor to go over any questions.
Introducing our new BC Programs
Charles University: East and Central European Studies
BC in Paris: L'Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)
*BC in Paris: L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)
BC in Paris: L'Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (ESCP)
BC in Paris: L'Institut de Langue et de Culture Francaise (ILCF)
BC in Paris: Université de Paris IV, La Sorbonne
BC in Paris: Université de Paris IX, Dauphine
University of Bristol
BC in Glasgow: University of Glasgow
BC in London: King’s College
*BC in London: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
BC in London: Queen Mary
BC in London: Royal Holloway
BC in London: SOAS
BC in London: University College London (UCL)
*University of Oxford, Mansfield College
University of Liverpool
BC in Galway: National University of Ireland Galway
BC in Cork: University College Cork
BC in Dublin: Maynooth University
*BC in Dublin: Trinity College Dublin
BC in Dublin: University College Dublin (UCD) - Arts
BC in Dublin: University College Dublin (UCD) - Commerce
University of Bergen
Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao
Universidad de Deusto, San Sebastián
BC in Barcelona: Business & Culture
BC in Barcelona: ESADE
BC in Barcelona: Universidad Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
BC in Granada: Granada Institute of International Studies (GRIIS)
BC in Madrid: Pontificia Comillas - ICADE (Business and Law)
BC in Madrid: Pontificia Comillas - Sociales (Liberal Arts and Social Science)
BC in Madrid: Carlos III
BC in Madrid: Carlos III English SAP
What am I looking for in a program?
“No one is judging you for your [language] mistakes, but will certainly congratulate you and encourage your achievements. Don’t be afraid or feel uncomfortable, and really do your best to engage in the language and culture wherever you are studying.”
Approved External Programs
We offer over 70 BC programs around the world. To accommodate students who would like to study in a country or a city in which BC currently does not offer a program or need tailored programs for certain majors, the Office of International Programs offers a selection of approved external programs as semester and academic year options.
Please note that if Boston College has a contractual agreement with an institution abroad, BC students may attend that institution only through a BC program and not through direct enrollment or through another college, university or independent organization.
Note further, students considering external summer programs are encoruaged to contact their academic dean's office.
Petitions for Non-Approved Programs: With so many options to chose from, students are expected to first consider a BC or approved external program. If a student cannot find such program that meets their academic needs, he or she may petition to approve a program not currently listed. Students must have a strong academic rationale for choosing a program currently not approved. Students are required to meet with the OIP advisor for their chosen region to discuss the case and obtain access to the petition application. Petitions are approved on a case-by-case basis. If granted approval, the program is administered as an approved external program.