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Study Abroad Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Boston College students interested in studying abroad must be academically eligible and in good disciplinary standing. Students must continue to meet the eligibility requirements throughout the abroad process. Students who are not currently eligible to study abroad should still meet with the OIP to discuss other potential opportunities and options.


Academic Requirements

  • Students must be in good academic standing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Students must have made good progress toward meeting core and major requirements.
  • Some programs have additional requirements. Students should consult with their OIP Advisor and the Program Pages for specific information.

Disciplinary Requirements

  • All Boston College students must pass a disciplinary clearance to determine whether they will be approved for an education abroad program (all BC programs, external programs and BC summer programs). 
  • The disciplinary clearance will occur after students have applied. Students who have minor to moderate records may receive a precautionary e-mail by the OIP. The e-mail will remind students that further violations may result in a revised disciplinary review and possible withdrawal from a program.
  • Students who have a significant status such as university probation, university suspension, deferred university suspension, housing dismissal and/or housing suspension will be reviewed by the OIP and DOS.


International Students

  • In line with the OIP's mission and learning outcomes, education abroad is designed to expose students to new cultures and languages. For this reason, international students are not permitted to study abroad in their home country through the OIP for semester and academic-year programs. This policy pertains to any non-U.S. student, permanent resident, or dual citizen who completed the equivalent of high school in the intended host country. For any questions about eligibility, students are encouraged to reach out to the OIP.