The Office of International Programs works closely with our partner institutions to ensure a seamless translation of the abroad academic experience back to Boston College, adhering to BC policy as much as possible. The policies listed below apply to students on both BC and external programs.

Beyond what is listed below, all students are subject to the academic policies of their host institution or program provider, including but not limited to: absence policies, academic conduct policies, and decisions regarding grades and credits. If you have any questions about your program’s specific academic policies, contact your OIP Advisor.

As a BC student, you are expected to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the course load requirement table for guidelines, since what constitutes a full load may vary by program. External program participants expected to complete the equivalent of 15-16 US credits per semester.

All students will receive a maximum of 18 BC credits per semester upon evaluation of their transcript. Please note that BC will not award credit for non-academic courses, for example any food, wine, yoga, fitness, martial arts, chorus, or sports classes, or for personal or professional workshops, and will not list audited courses on your BC transcript.

Academics First

I took a Policy course while in Australia that explored the international aspect of environmental policy. This helped me direct my career and realize that I want to work in policy and the environment.
Study Abroad Participants, Boston College Class of 2021