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Meeting with the OIP

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Study Abroad Fair

Advising in the Office of International Programs (OIP) is a required two-step process: students begin by attending a Study Abroad 101 meeting. The Study Abroad 101 session will discuss how to approach studying abroad at Boston College. General information regarding requirements, deadlines, and program choice will also be covered.  Students are then encouraged to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss specifics for each program. 

Advising for the 2018-19 Academic Year

Study Abroad 101 meetings for sophomores interested in studying abroad during the 2019-2020 academic year begin on Thursday, September 5, 2018. OIP Advisor meetings for sophomores start on September 13, 2018*. Appointment times fill up quickly and students are encouraged to sign up early. 

*Juniors or seniors should contact an OIP Advisor directly to schedule a meeting.

Students must complete an initial advising questionnaire before attending their Study Abroad 101 meeting. 

Students will learn about general OIP policies, programs, and procedures and begin thinking critically about their intended abroad experience. Students must attend a Study Abroad 101 Meeting to be eligible to study abroad.

>>Study Abroad 101 Sign up<<

Please note that Abroad 101 meetings are capped at 25 students per meeting and students must sign up to attend. Meetings are held at the Hovey House Library in the Office of International Programs.

After your Study Abroad 101 meeting, please proceed to Step 2 to schedule additional meetings as needed.

OIP Advisors are experts in their abroad regions, who can explain BC partner and external programs, academic culture abroad, and help students decide what may program be the best fit for them. Students must have completed Step 1 prior to scheduling an OIP Advisor meeting.

To schedule a meeting, click on the name of the OIP Advisor specializing in the region you are interested in:

Christina Hatzipetros (

Asia, Middle East & North Africa, Russia, Southeast Europe, domestic programs, Scholarships & Awards

Larry Pickener (

Great Britain and Sub-Saharan Africa

Minna Ha (

Australia and New Zealand (Oceania)

Nicholas D’India (

Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Poland

Patrick O'Donnell (

Latin America, Spain, Portugal as well as McGillycuddy-Logue Fellows Program

Victoria Garcia (

Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Switzerland

Students seeking guidance in applying for prestigious merit awards for study abroad, as well as need-based scholarships and grants for the academic year or summer, are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Scholarships Advisor at OIP. To prepare for this meeting, students are asked to review scholarships information on the OIP website and arrive with specific questions.

Students who are interested in pursuing the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship or the National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship are required to meet with the campus coordinator, Christina Hatzipetros, well in advance of the deadlines. To prepare for this meeting, students are asked to prepare draft application essays to bring to the meeting.

Montserrat students applying for academic year or summer programs are encouraged to meet with the Montserrat Advisor early on in the process of selecting programs, ideally after completing Step 1. Students receive guidance with long-term financial planning and scholarship and grant applications. The Montserrat Advisor will go over the estimated student budget for BC semester and year programs, as well as summer programs, and refer students to meeting with their Financial Aid Advisor. Freshmen are encouraged to begin the process early.

Students who are interested in summer programs follow a separate process, with a requirement to meet with the Summer Advisor if applying for summer internshipsMontserrat students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the Montserrat Advisor.

  • Global mentors are your peers who have returned from study abroad
  • They are eager to share their experience with you and answer any questions you might have
  • To learn more about the current Global Mentors for 2018-2019, click here.