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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.
Study Abroad 101 meetings for sophomores interested in studying abroad during the 2019-2020 academic year begin on Thursday, September 5, 2018. OIP Advisor meetings for sophomores start on September 13, 2018*. 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.
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. Students must have completed Step 1 prior to scheduling an OIP Advisor meeting.
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.
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 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
- Deadline for fall 2020, spring 2021 and AY 2020-2021 programs
- January 5
Step 1: Complete Initial Advising Questionnaire
Step 2: Attend a Study Abroad 101
Attend a Study Abroad 101 Presentation
Step 3: Schedule any additional meetings
Continue research and schedule any additional 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.
Learn about scholarships and grants.
Step 4: Submit BC Application
Submit BC Application
Submit the BC Study Abroad Application on My OIP. The application will be available to students who have completed an Initial Questionnaire and attended a Study Abroad 101 Presentation.
Step 5: Review by OIP program manager
Review by OIP program manager
After the deadline, the OIP will review the student’s academic and disciplinary record against specific program requirements and approve students to apply with the host institution. Certain programs may have space restrictions. Eligible students who are not approved to apply to the program they have selected may choose another program, provided the program still has openings.
Step 6: Complete host program application
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: Receive acceptance letter from host program
Receive acceptance letter from host program
Students usually receive official acceptance from their host institution as show in this chart:
|Term Abroad:||Fall/Academic Year||Spring Semester|
|Acceptance Sent:||late April - June||November|
Students with questions regarding the status of their application should contact the OIP Applications Team (firstname.lastname@example.org), not the host institution.
Step 8: Attend pre-departure orientation
Attend pre-departure orientation and complete any program specific requirements
All students are required to attend an assigned Pre-Departure Orientation meeting.
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.