The best learning happens when we escape our comfort zones, seek out unfamiliar environments, and open ourselves up to different ways of thinking. At Boston College, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to broaden their world views by experiencing new cultures and countries. And we welcome visiting scholars and professors to bring fresh voices and perspectives to our campus discourse.
On the move?
Here are your resources, whether you are planning to study abroad or to come to Boston College as a student or a visiting scholar.
Office of International Programs
The mission of the Office of International Programs (OIP) is to prepare students for an increasingly interdependent and culturally diverse world. The office’s aim is for students to engage in intellectually rigorous and personally transformative experiences that play an integral role in the teaching and learning that take place on campus.Learn more
Office of International Students and Scholars
The OISS provides advice, programs, and services to more than 2,600 international students (undergraduate, graduate, and exchange), faculty, and research scholars from over 90 countries.Learn more
Boston College, a university located in the Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, is home to 1,751 international students. Boston College's 9,300 undergraduates come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, leading to a vibrant and enriching campus atmosphere.Learn more
This orientation is designed to allow new international students meet both American and other international students, and provides useful information about Boston College and about being an international student in the United StatesLearn more
A Global Campus
At Boston College, students and scholars are continuously engaged in broadening their learning and research and receive the support of various offices and centers. These offices and centers have a central role in challenging local perspectives through a global, intercultural lens.
The McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies promotes and fosters innovative international learning for undergraduate students and faculty at Boston College through international events on campus, conferences and seminars, and funding for internationally focused projects and programs.Learn more
Arrupe International Immersion Program
This Campus Ministry program seeks to help students learn about the complex realities of people struggling in poverty. The program offers nine immersion trips every year to Latin America and the Caribbean, providing students with the opportunity to learn firsthand from marginalized communities and reflect on the relationship between faith and justice.Learn more
The Boston College Language Laboratory is committed to promoting and facilitating the acquisition and enhancement of language skills and cultural competency by providing the University community efficient access to an expanding collection of multimedia resources and instructional technology.Learn more
Boston College Libraries
Through its robust digitization program, the BC Libraries provide global access to its resources, including unique special collection strengths related to BC’s Jesuit, Catholic heritage and Irish Studies. The Libraries also support online repositories and digital scholarship, as well as campus-wide initiatives such as BC ORCID and open access publishing to help promote BC research through international research networks.Learn more
Office for Sponsored Programs
OSP provides service to members of the Boston College community involved in the application for and administration of sponsored projects, both domestic and internationally sponsored. In addition, the office supports the University's goal to increase the level of sponsored project funding.Learn more
Office for Institutional Diversity
OID facilitates and supports the University’s diversity and inclusion efforts. By aligning its work with the University’s mission and goals, its objective is to help Boston College live out the social justice imperatives inherent in its Catholic and Jesuit heritage, create a wholesome and supportive learning and working environment for all, and take full advantage of the various strengths and talents of its students, faculty, and staff.Learn more
McMullen Museum of Art
The McMullen Museum aims to cultivate learning, celebrate artistic excellence, explore the visual traditions of diverse cultures, and inspire transdisciplinary faculty and student research based on the visual arts. The McMullen offers exhibition-related programs and resources for diverse audiences of all ages on campus, in the Greater Boston area, and beyond.Learn more
BC Dining Services
Boston College Dining Services, whose employees represent 33 nations and speak over 14 languages, is proud to celebrate diversity and promote cultural heritage. It offers international dishes among its meal options and hosts regular showcase dinners with food from various countries and cultures. BC Dining partners with vendors and businesses that promote sustainability, fair trade, and job creation in developing countries.Learn more
Campus Recreation cultivates life-long health and active lifestyle experiences for the entire BC community. We aim to provide a foundational home for relationships and community through student employment opportunities; memberships; foreign language-led "Outdoor Adventure" trips and group fitness courses; and open recreation hours for futsal, table tennis, and other international sports.Learn more
Global Leadership Institute
The Institute helps individuals and organizations to achieve personal and professional goals, and enhances organizational growth and sustainability. Learning, reflection, application, and networking are the four pillars of programming.Learn more