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.

In order to better accommodate students, the Office of International Programs is announcing acadmic policy modifications with regard to the Pass/Fail option, dropping and withdrawing from courses, in effect for Spring 2020 study abroad students only. These changes align with the modifications made on campus for spring 2020.

If you wish to take one or all study abroad courses pass/fail, please email your Office of International Programs (OIP) advisor the course title. You must make a request before the host institution’s final exam period. 

Students are expected to register for 12 BC credits or more to maintain full-time student status. If your decision to drop or withdraw from courses would cause you to fall below full-time status, please email

Please see the updated FAQ for further details.