Frequently Asked Questions

Is BCE Residential Program running for the summer of 2020?

No. The residential programs for the Boston College Experience have been cancelled due to COVID19 and calls for social distancing. Additionally, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has prohibited the gathering of more than 50 people in any one place for the foreseeable future.

Is BC offering any online programming for high school students?

Yes, the Boston College Experience is offering several two-week online, non-credit course offerings which can be found here.

If I was accepted into BCE for summer 2020 and paid my program fee will I get a refund?

Yes, you will receive a full refund of your program fee. The money will be credited to the account you used to pay the fee. If you paid by wire or personal check, please contact us at bce@bc.edu.

Does previous admission into a BCE program for 2020 transfer to the online programs?

No, you will need to submit a new enrollment request to participate in the online programs.

Will I need to complete a new application to participate in the online programs?

Yes and No. There is no application process required to participate in the two-week, online programs. They are open-enrollment. You will be able to enroll by completing a simple enrollment form.

How will I know if a class is still availalble?

If a course is no longer avaialble, it will say "Closed" when you try to enroll.

How do I cancel my enrollment? 

You may cancel your enrollment by logging into Canvas using this link. Once you have accessed your account, you will see the course(s) you have registered for. To the right of the course name, you will see a small button that looks like a wheel. Click on that and you will be able to drop the course. Your refund will be processed within two weeks. 

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

You must drop the course no later than two weeks prior to the course start to earn a 100% refund. Within two weeks of the course start, there are no refunds.

What if I want to make changes to my registration (change course or dates)?

Unfortunately, there is no way for the BCE program staff to make those changes for you. You must drop the first course and enroll in the new course. That is why it is very important you are certain which course and date you want. 

What are the requirements to participate?

Students must be rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to participate in the online programs. Students must be 14 and older to particiapte.

How much is the fee for the online program?

Each two week program is $1000.00 and will include any materials associated with the course.

Are there any discounts or financial aid offered for BCE programs?

Unfortunately, BC does not offer discounts or financial aid for any summer programs or courses.

When does the enrollment period open for the two week online programs for high school students.

Enrollment for the two-week online program begins on May 11, 2020. We will continue to add sections to courses as needed and available. Please check back often.

Can I just use a portion of my program fee I paid to cover the costs of participation in an online program?

No, unfortunately, BC’s financial systems do not allow for partial refunds.

Will the online program be offered more than once?

We plan to offer sections of each course every two weeks (depending upon demand) beginning June 22 and running through mid-August.  

Is it possible to enroll in more than one online program, at the same time?

No, you may enroll in multiple programs during the summer but you cannot take them at the same time.

Will participation in a program require I am online every day?

The programs are offered primarily asynchronously, which means that while there is an expectation of daily engagement with the course by every student, the timing of the engagement is flexible based on the student's schedule. However, there will be a once weekly live participation requriement on Fridays. Please see below. 

Will there be any required live sessions?

Yes, each Friday the faculty will host a 2-3 hour live session with the students. Please see the Participant Information section for details on specific course live session times. 

What if I can't make the live session?

We strongly urge students to do their best to attend the live session on Fridays, but it will be recorded and available to view at a later time. 

How much time will I be expected to devote to classroom activity in an online program?

Students should expect 2-3 hours per day dedicate to course activities. These activates include: discussion board participation, group-work, viewing videos and lectures, and a minimum of one weekly live session with faculty. Again, this engagement is asynchronous so there is no specific time per day (except Friday) that students must be online

Will all learning in the online programs be done live via Zoom?

No, these courses are offered primarily asynchronously. There will be one live session per week on Friday. These online course have been carefully crafted by a team of learning designers and faculty to provide high school students an ideal mix of self-directed learning and faculty presence throughout the two weeks.

Will participants have access to BC resources?

Yes, each participant will be given a BC email which will provide them access to resources like BC Google docs and the Library.

Will BCE offer any course that award credit?

No, for the summer of 2020 we will not be able to offer high school students access to credit bearing courses.

What safety precautions are in place for my child in the online environment?

All courses are password protected and behind a firewall. Links used in the classroom are also password protected and only open to the BC community.