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Going abroad can take many forms: a traditional semester or year, a summer term, research, volunteering or interning are all options. Students interested in going abroad should also meet with their academic advisor so they can fit study abroad into their four-year academic plan.

We encourage you to begin planning early. The application process for junior year abroad begins during sophomore year. Academic and semester abroad programs are open to juniors only, but summer programs are open to all students.

Requirements


 

Advising

Study Abroad 101 meetings for sophomores interested in studying abroad during the 2020-2021 academic year begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. OIP Advisor meetings for sophomores start on September 12, 2019*. Appointment times fill up quickly and students are encouraged to sign up early. 

Students must complete an initial advising questionnaire before attending their Study Abroad 101 meeting. 

*Juniors or seniors should contact an OIP Advisor directly to schedule a meeting.

 

Attend a study abroad 101

Students will learn about general OIP policies, programs, and procedures and begin thinking critically about their intended abroad experience.

Sign up for a study abroad 101

Meet with an OIP advisor

OIP Advisors are experts in their abroad regions, who can explain BC partner and external programs, academic culture abroad, and help students decide what may program be the best fit for them.

Meet with an OIP advisor

How to Apply

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Follow our step-by-step instructions.

Deadlines

Deadline for fall 2020, spring 2021 and AY 2020-2021 programs
January 5

Step 1: Complete Advising Questionnaire

With your academic goals and personal interests in mind, research different types of programs.

Complete the Initial Advising Questionnaire in My OIP.  The Initial Questionnaire must be completed in order to proceed.

Step 2: Attend a Study Abroad 101

Schedule your Study Abroad 101 Presentation. This meeting will provide details regarding studying abroad at BC. The Study Abroad 101 Presentation is required to study abroad.

Step 3: Additional research and meetings

Continue to research programs and note questions or concerns for your next meeting with an OIP Advisor. Students should consider how going abroad fits their academic plans and speak to their academic department about what courses may count.

Meeting with an OIP Advisor is strongly recommended. Students wanting to study abroad for a full year or attend a program not approved by BC, must meet with an advisor.

Montserrat students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Montserrat Advisor next.

Learn about scholarships and grants.

Step 4: Submit BC Application

Submit the BC Study Abroad Application on My OIP. The application will only be available to students who have completed both an Initial Advising Questionnaire (Step 1) and attended a Study Abroad 101 Presentation (Step 2). Please plan accordingly as both are mandatory requirements for all semester abroad students.

All students hoping to study abroad for a semester or academic year on any program (BC or Approved External) must complete the BC Study Abroad Application. 

The deadline to submit the BC Study Abroad Application on My OIP is January 5. Students who submit later than January 5 will not be considered. 

 

Step 5: Review by OIP program manager

After the January 5 application deadline, the OIP will review students’ academic and disciplinary records against specific BC policies as well any program specific requirements. Programs may have space restrictions. After the review, OIP will notify students of their abroad status. 

The most important criterion OIP considers in making decisions for high demand programs is a student's academic record, including their GPA, previous courses taken, and degree. Inevitably, there are more qualified candidates than there are available positions for these programs.  In such cases, candidate essays provide OIP staff members valuable context in making final decisions.  

If approved, students will apply to their chosen host program. Information regarding applying to the host program will be made available via My OIP.

Step 6: Complete host program application

Once approved, students complete the application for the host institution. An Application Instruction PDF will be available in My OIP under "Learning Content."

Step 7: Accepted by program

Students usually receive official acceptance from their host institution as listed below:

  • Fall & academic year students -> acceptance sent in late April - June
  • Spring students -> acceptance sent in November

Students with questions regarding the status of their application should contact the OIP Applications Team (oipapps@bc.edu), not the host institution.

Step 8: Attend pre-departure orientation

Students will be given access to an online pre-departure module on Canvas. Access will be granted the semester prior to their time abroad.

Students are also expected to attend an in-person orientation prior to departing for abroad. OIP Advisors will provide details directly to the students. 

Students should keep in mind that they may need to complete additional post-acceptance paperwork for their abroad program. This may include housing applications, visa documentation, vaccinations, etc. Each program is different and students will be advised accordingly.

For more information regarding, preparing to go abroad, please review our Pre-Departure page.

Funding your Overseas Experience


 

Affording a study abroad experience is possible

Studying abroad is not necessarily more expensive than a semester at Boston College. While some programs in large metropolitan areas may cost more than a semester in Chestnut Hill, expenditures for many other programs may be the same or less than at BC.

Scholarships

Students seeking guidance in applying for prestigious merit awards for study abroad, as well as need-based scholarships and grants for the academic year or summer, are encouraged to meet with the Scholarships Advisor. To prepare for this meeting, students are asked to review scholarships information on the OIP website and arrive with specific questions.

Schedule a meeting

Montserrat

Montserrat students are encouraged to meet with the Montserrat Advisor early on in the process of selecting programs. Students receive guidance with long-term financial planning and scholarship/grant applications. The advisor will go over the estimated student budget for BC semester, year, and summer programs, and refer students to meeting with their Financial Aid Advisor.

Schedule a meeting

Where in the world?

To schedule a meeting, click on the name of the OIP Advisor specializing in the region you are interested in. You can also review programs here.

hong kong

Christina Hatzipetros
Asia, Middle East & North Africa, Russia, Southeast Europe

london

Larry Pickener
Great Britain and Sub-Saharan Africa

australia

Minna Ha
Australia and New Zealand (Oceania)

prague

Nicholas D’India
Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Poland

spain

Patrick O'Donnell
Latin America, Spain, Portugal 

paris

Victoria Garcia
Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Switzerland