Studying abroad is an integral part of the International Studies experience at Boston College. IS majors are expected (but not required) to study abroad for some length of time while at BC; nearly 90% of our majors do so, usually for a semester. IS minors are encouraged to study abroad as well. Majors or minors who do not study abroad -- either because they are international students at BC, or for economic, personal, or athletic reasons -- can take advantage of other opportunities to engage with international students, use their language skills, and meet people and groups from around the world (through the Global Engagement Portal, for example).
The vast majority of study abroad opportunities are organized through the Office of International Programs. IS majors and minors have studied in more than thirty countries in recent years, participating in programs during the academic year and the summer.
As you begin to plan your study abroad program, you should talk with advisors at OPI, your IS academic advisor, and/or the IS Program’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Nakazato. Courses taken abroad must be pre-approved by Prof Nakazato; please do not take the risk of not receiving credit by waiting until you return from abroad to have courses approved.
IS majors may count a maximum of two courses per semester, or four courses in a year, toward the major from a program abroad or at any non-BC school. IS minors may count a maximum of two courses in total toward the minor from abroad or non-BC schools. Please note that OIP determines how many credits are awarded per course while abroad; not all foreign courses fit the BC-standard model of 3 credits per course -- some are more, some less. Work with OIP and Prof. Nakazato to understand your specific situation.