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Summer Programs Abroad

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Each year, approximately 300 students participate in Boston College faculty-led summer programs across the globe. Program offerings change annually and recent offerings included programs in numerous cities throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa on subjects ranging from politics and oil in Kuwait to creative writing in Mussoorie, India to service learning in Santiago, Chile.

Summer Programs are open to all BC students and external students enrolled in other accredited institutions of higher education. Programs count toward BC graduation requirements (maximum of two summer programs per student) and can fulfill major/minor and core requirements. Grades appear on transcripts and are factored into students' GPA as regular BC courses. For additional information on summer programs, please navigate the Resources column on the right.


Students interested in any non-BC summer program will not work with the Office of International Programs but should instead apply directly to the desired program. Students must contact their respective deans to gain BC course credit for any external programs.



"Gazing up at subsidized housing in Hong Kong teaches humility." - Climate Change & Sustainability: An Environmental Chemistry View


"Students go on a tour of a gelateria and sample strawberry gelato that was made in front of them." - Art & Patronage in Renaissance & Baroque Rome


"The impressionism paintings of Edgar Degas at the d'Orsay Museum in Paris inspired me just like he was inspired by ballet dancers." - The 20th Century & the Tradition on Paris

Read an excerpt of Teresa's winning blog for her program Food Writing in Paris:

"Coming from America, it’s sometimes easy to forget how much of a melting pot other countries are as well and Paris is a great example of how diversity changes the landscape of food culture in an area. For myself, I’m glad I realized this earlier on rather than later. I can’t imagine all the amazing food I would have missed out on otherwise."

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.