The Office of Global Education facilitates the transfer of credits and grades to each student’s BC transcript. At a minimum, credit earned abroad will count towards general elective credits needed to complete a BC degree. With careful planning, students can make progress in their major and minor concentrations while exploring new areas of interest and opportunities that may not be available in Chestnut Hill. Students can learn more about academic policies by reviewing the Course Approval page.

Selecting Courses Abroad


Required Academic Steps For BC Students Studying Abroad

1. Review carefully all of OGE’s academic policies.Meet with your academic advisor and discuss your course selection. Try to select courses that you would not be able to take at BC.

2. Review the policies and process for course approvals, and complete the online Study Abroad Course Evaluation Form for courses which you would like to count toward major, minor, or core credit.

3. Select your courses: remember to register for a full course load (the equivalent of 15-16 US credits), keeping in mind that courses must have a substantial academic component.

1. Declare any non-major, non-minor, or non-Core courses you would like to take pass/fail within two weeks of the first class meeting (for accelerated, intensive, or early-start courses, P/F must be declared one week after the first class meeting). You are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad.

2. Keep copies of all syllabi, course materials, assignments, and correspondence with faculty for future reference.

3. Register online for BC courses for the semester following your return.

4. Check if your institution or provider requires a transcript release form before you leave.

1. Students on external programs: request that your transcript be sent to the OGE.

2. Be patient: it can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of months for your transcript to be sent by your host institution and processed by OGE and Student Services. If you require an expedited transcript processing, contact the Academic Operations Administrator.

Academics First

These courses really furthered my knowledge of the subjects and my professors pushed me to learn in different ways. It really opened my eyes to the different experiences people have around the world in terms of education.
Boston College Study Abroad Participant, Class of 2021