office of international programs
We care deeply about events that occur throughout the world, including those that may impact our students abroad, international exchange students currently studying at BC, and our extended university community. In the event of an emergency, political crisis, or natural disaster in a city or country in which the OIP currently has a program in session, OIP staff will be in close contact with our on-site colleagues, students, and emergency contacts as necessary. Our staff will also be in contact with our international exchange students regarding events that occur in their home countries.
The OIP monitors a variety of sources on international safety and security on a daily basis, including the U.S. Department of State travel advisories, OSAC, local media, and on-site staff around the world. We recommend that students and their parents also stay informed. As of Janurary 2018, the U.S. Department of State has announced changes to the way information is shared with U.S. citizens traveling abroad. Under the new system, every country has a travel advisory providing levels of advice from 1-4. Travel advisories replace warnings and alerts used in the past.
In the rare event of a severe natural or political disaster abroad, BC has an evacuation plan in place.
The OIP operates programs in countries with an active Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) advisory on a case-by-case basis; if we do have a program in a country with an active Level 3 advisory, students will be informed and asked to sign an agreement prior to confirming their participation.
Boston College undergraduate students are not permitted to travel to Level 4 countries (Do Not Travel). Students should also be aware of countries with varying levels of advice that apply to specific locations or areas within a country. Higher-risk areas designated within Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 countries (as seen on the map) are to be strictly avoided. Conditions in any country may change rapidly and at any time. The Department of State Travel Advisories also provide clear reasons for assigned levels, using established risk indicators, and offer specific advice to U.S. citizens who choose to travel there, such as Crime, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Health, Natural Disaster, Time-Limited Event and Other.
Please be sure to thoroughly acquaint yourself with the advisory for the country you plan to study in, as well as any other countries you plan to visit. Note that non-program related travel is only encouraged before or after official program dates and that Boston College does not take responsibility for students who chose to travel independently outside their designated program dates.