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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 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.
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
- Deadline for fall 2020, spring 2021 and AY 2020-2021 programs
- January 5
Step 1: Complete Advising Questionnaire
Step 2: Attend a Study Abroad 101
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.
By submitting the application, all students agree that changes to programs or program terms will not be allowed after the deadline and agree that OIP’s decision regarding program and term placement is final.
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.
If the OIP is unable to grant you one of your six choices, you will be placed in a program which most closely resembles your prior selections, in either the fall or spring semester. Students who wish to add their name to a waitlist will be able to beginning February 25.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
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
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