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Resources for Preparing to Study Abroad

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Preparing to go abroad involves more than packing. The resources below provide information to help you get ready for your experience abroad, ensure you have access to support services while overseas, and prepare you for your return to BC.  

University Health Services

University Counseling Services

The Women’s Center

Sexual Assault Resources
Any student who is a victim of sexual assault while overseas is highly encouraged to utilize the services of the Sexual Assault Network at Boston College. SANet resources are available to you while overseas and when you return to campus. Call +1(617)552-BC11 (2211) for assistance. The OIP works closely with BC’s Title IX Coordinator, and can also help ensure that you have received the support you need.

Campus Ministry

AHANA Student Resources
Race and ethnicity may be defined and talked about differently in other countries, and you may encounter situations that differ from those you might experience in the US. Studying abroad gives all students the opportunity to engage in dialogues in a new and different manner; as a result it is recommended that you research how questions of race and ethnicity are addressed and talked about in your host country.

LGBTQ Resources
All OIP staff members are available to speak with any student about his/her concerns about studying abroad as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Students with Disabilities
Access to facilities and resources for people with disabilities may not be the same abroad as it is in the US. If you have concerns related to disabilities you should meet with your OIP advisor before departure. Advisors will work with OIP staff, the BC Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities in the Dean of Students Office, and on-site personnel to ensure access for you abroad. 

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