Boston College students enjoy a long tradition of going abroad, whether it's to study, conduct research, intern, or participate in service learning. These experiences allow students to acquire critical skills such as a greater sense of independence, intercultural competence, adaptability, and language acquisition. The abroad experience inspires personal and intellectual growth, and it leads students to gain a competitive edge for graduate school and the job market.
Am I eligible?
Semester and academic year programs are open to rising juniors and seniors in good academic and disciplinary standing with a 3.0 cumulative at the time of application, and good progress toward core and major requirements. A&S students must have completed one year of the language proficiency requirement. Some programs have additional requirements.Learn more
Can I afford it?
With careful planning, students going abroad can spend the same amount as--or sometimes even less than--they would in Chestnut Hill. We offer advising and support for students applying for need-based and prestigious awards, and a variety of fellowships, scholarships, and grants.Learn more
Will I graduate on time?
Study abroad is an integrated part of the BC undergraduate experience. Students fulfill academic requirements and earn credit toward graduation. With BC programs grades factor into the BC GPA and appear on the BC transcript. Courses can count toward major, minor, core requirements.Learn more
Will I fit in?
We strongly believe that education abroad should not be reserved for a select few. Every BC student has the option of going abroad - regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, finances, on-campus commitment or area of study. This commitment is rooted in the belief that all students' experiences overseas are enhanced through a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds.Learn more
Is it safe?
The safety and welfare of our students abroad is our first and foremost priority. Country-specific information about health and safety is provided to students throughout the advising process and at pre-departure orientation. Protocols and coverage are in place to ensure the health and safety of students abroad.Learn more
By the Numbers
programs, on six continents and for all majors
of BC undergraduates go abroad
of returning students said time abroad was a significant source of personal growth
of students who studied abroad identify as a student of color
I learned to love
“I learned to love what I couldn't understand. Even though I really couldn’t understand the conversations around me on the streets or in restaurants, I was still able to love where I was. ”