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.
Prestigious awards, scholarships, and grants can help fund your study abroad goals, learn more about BC and external opportunities, and make an appointment to meet with the OGE Scholarships Advisor.
How much does it cost?
|Cost||BC and approved external programs|
|Financial Aid||State, federal, and BC financial aid is fully transferable|
|CISI||$210 fall semester, $260 spring semester|
|Housing||Varies by program|
|Airfare||Varies by program|
|Books||Varies by program|
|Meals||Varies by program|
|Other Expenses||Varies by program|
Support is available through the OGE to help students succeeed in competing for prestigious national awards. Eligible students who are interested in pursuing the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, the Freeman-Asia Scholarship, the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships, the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship, or Critical Language Scholarships are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus coordinator, Christina Hatzipetros, well in advance of deadlines. Please come to your appointment prepared with draft application essays.
Featured Scholarships and Grants
Established in 2017 with a generous gift by the Victor and William Fung Foundation, the Fung Scholars program at Boston College provides opportunities to support international experiences in Asia. In line with the Office of International Programs’ mission, the program is designed to expand BC students’ access to study, intern, volunteer, and academic research opportunities in Asia, as well as to help students develop as well-rounded, interculturally competent, and globally conscious citizens.
- November 1
- February 5
- Fall & Academic Year
- March 25
Scholarships up to $10,000 are awarded to BC undergraduates with demonstrated financial need, to cover tuition, fees, living expenses, and cost of participation on Boston College programs in Asia. As of 2023, eligibility is extended to students applying to semester and academic year approved external programs. Selection is based on academic excellence and leadership qualities and potential. Preference is given to candidates who focus on language study.
How to apply
A selection committee composed of Boston College senior administrators will make Fung Scholarship award decisions three times every year. Finalists are notified via email and awards are posted to BC student accounts.
BC students join the global community of Fung Scholars from distinguished institutions in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and Northeastern, to contribute to the legacy of distinguished leadership and public service established by the Fung family.
Fung Scholars will be asked to provide confirmation of their plans and agree to present a report upon their return. Scholars will be featured as award recipients on the Boston College web site and may be asked to share their experince with new students and the BC community. Fung Scholars commit to making a reasonable effort to participate in local events organized by the Office of International Programs, as well as the Fung Foundation.
The Mizna Fellowship Fund was established through the generous gift of one of BC’s alumni to create new opportunities for BC undergraduates for international travel for research, language study, internships and service learning initiatives throughout the Islamic world.
Grants in the range of $2,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to Boston College students including freshmen, for whom travel may be an introduction to the world of Islamic scholarship and to seniors who seek to expand their understandings of Islamic cultures, history, language and societies in order to author a distinguished senior thesis. As an exception, projects taking place in Israel/Palestine will not be considered.
To apply, students submit a research project proposal, associated budget, a faculty recommendation, transcript, and a service project proposal using the online application form. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Service project proposals should include details regarding placement and should ideally be supported by some form of verification from the organization based on-site where the candidate plans to volunteer. Include the number of hours you plan to spend at the service site and a personal reflection on how you will help the community and what you will gain as well. Service project length should factor in the time needed to make an impact on local communities. Please note that the service component must be competed abroad.
The application deadline for students going on summer programs between May and September is February 5. The application deadline for students going on programs during the academic year between December and May is October 1.
A selection committee composed of Boston College faculty members, senior administrators, and affiliates of the Islamic Civilization and Societies (ICS) Program will make Mizna Fellowship Fund award decisions twice every year. Funds may be used over the summer or during the winter break, to enable a final critical piece of research needed to complete a senior thesis.
Students awarded the Mizna Fellowship will be asked to provide confirmation of their plans, including finalized flight itineraries which are to be submitted 30 days prior to departure. Fellows agree to present a report to the Mizna Fellowships Grant Committee, consisting of a 3-page summary of their research findings, as well as to deliver a presentation on the project proposal topic at Boston College (students completing academic programs abroad may submit a reflection paper on an academic research topic). Reports must be received within two weeks of the end of the project/program end date with agreement that fellows will further coordinate an approved time and venue for the presentation, most likely the Panel on Research and Study Abroad in the Middle East in October. Please note that any University grant amounts paid to students in excess of tuition & fees, and books are subject to state and federal tax.
Mizna Fellows will be featured as award recipients on the Islamic Civilization and Societies (ICS) web site.
Eligible students who are interested in pursuing the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, the Freeman-Asia Scholarship, the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships, the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship, or Critical Language Scholarships are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus coordinator, Christina Hatzipetros, well in advance of deadlines.
"I went to Oman with CLS, and after that I went to Spain and Brazil, a full year on BC programs, and this past summer I was in Jordan with a Gilman Scholarship. I got the McGillycuddy-Logue grant as well."