Our Mission

In accordance with Boston College’s tradition and values, 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. 

As part of the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Office of International Programs collaborates with faculty and staff across the University to accomplish the following:

Advise >1,200 students from all fields of study and with varied foreign language backgrounds, who participate in semester, academic year and summer faculty-led programs and internships

Advise students applying for fellowships, scholarships, and grants, many of which fund study and research abroad

Provide ongoing support for students participating in international programs, from pre-departure to re-entry

Process academic credit for approved semester and OIP summer programs abroad

In coordination with the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies, administer the McGillycuddy-Logue Fellows Program

Provide academic and administrative support for over 200 international exchange students annually from partner institutions

Organize activities that promote the internationalization of the University

Learning Outcomes

On an ongoing basis, the Office of International Programs’ assessment initiative reviews all BC and external programs to gauge the extent to which students are meeting the following goals and learning outcomes, derived from its mission statement.

OIP Assessment Plan

Global Mindedness

  • Increased awareness and concern for world affairs.
  • Empathy for others from diverse backgrounds.
  • Sense of responsibility toward others.

Cross-cultural Learning

  • Ability to understand and articulate different viewpoints.
  • Tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Ability to recognize and decipher social cues and norms, and act accordingly within local culture.

Foreign Language Acquisition (in non-English speaking countries)

  • Ability to carry out daily tasks in the host country (for students with no prior host language experience).
  • Advanced host language proficiency (for students with prior host language experience).

Academic Enrichment

  • Further development of disciplinary knowledge and skills.
  • Development of new areas of interest.
  • Ability to understand structure and function in other academic systems.

Meet Our Team

 

Larry Pickener

Larry Pickener
Director 

Adriana Bauza

Adriana Bauza
Administrative & Fiscal Assistant
 

Austen Carpenter

Austen Carpenter
Interim Program Manager

 

Nick D'India

Nick D'India
Program Manager

 

Minna Ha

Minna Ha
Program & Exchange Manager

 

Christina Hatzipetros

Christina D. Hatzipetros
Associate Director,
Health & Safety and Communications

Brodie Henry

Brodie Henry
Academic Operations Manager
 

Ashley Jun

Ashley Jun
Associate Director,
Finance and Operations

Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee
Interim Program Assistant
 

Patrick O'Donnell

Patrick O'Donnell
Program Manager
 

Shannon Williams

Shannon Williams
Summer & Internship Programs Manager

Our Home

Our office is located in Hovey House, at 258 Hammond Street, across Beacon Street from McElroy Commons. Locate us on the BC campus map. Hovey House is equipped with an accessibilty parking spot and entrance through the patio and library. For assistance, please call: 617-552-3827. 

Hovey House