Boston College

Boston and Newton
United States of America

Language of instruction

English

Boston College, the first institution of higher education in the city of Boston, is today among the nation’s foremost universities. Known as “The Heights”, the university’s main campus has stunning Gothic architecture, a clear view of the Boston skyline, and easy access to the city’s amenities. Fun fact: Amy Poehler graduated from BC and was part of the College’s improv comedy troupe during her time there.

Boston is a city steeped in history, but is also home to many modern-day icons: The Red Sox, Fenway Park, Boston creams, and the Samuel Adams Brewery to name a few.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Fall Semester September–December

View Boston College's academic calendar
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Guides and additional information

Campuses

Boston College has multiple campuses across Massachusetts. View more information on Boston College's campuses and directories webpage.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

15 Credits at BC is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0 to study at BC.

Exchange students wishing to study law will need a cumulative GPA of 6.0 to study at BC. 

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the BC course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Advertising
Business information systems
Human resources
Marketing
Information technology
Art history
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
English
English literature
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
International relations
Music
Philosophy
Political science
Sociology
Writing
Chinese
French
Italian
Russian
Spanish
Psychology
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
Earth sciences
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Physics
Postgraduate

Course restrictions

Students cannot study a full-time load within their major (e.g All economics courses).

There are limited places available for exchange students who want to study:

  • economics
  • finance
  • law

It is recommended that you only take economics and finance courses if you have electives available as places are very limited at BC for these fields of study. Due to high demand, the Economics Department will guarantee registration in only one class, and the Finance Department will enroll students in one but no more than two classes per student.

Exchange students wishing to study law must be flexibile with their course selections as they can only select law courses once they arrive, from the classes that remain open at that time. Students should not expect to gain entry to more than one or two courses offered at the Law School. The academic calendar for the Law School is different.

Additional academic information

Course numbering at BC:

  • 1000–1999: Undergraduate equivalency courses
  • 2000–4999: Undergraduate Upper Level courses 
  • 5000–6999: Postgraduate level courses - open to undergraduates
  • 7000–8499: Postgraduate level courses
  • 8500–9999: Doctoral level courses 

BC have online resources to help you understand their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

The availability of on-campus accommodations for exchange students is extremely limited and rooms are assigned by lottery.  Most exchange students live in off-campus accommodations. The BC off-campus housing service provides assistance to exchange students in locating housing. 

Cost of living

Boston is a relatively expensive city to live in. Information on average fees and living expenses can be found on BC's cost of attendance webpage. Keep in mind that exchange students do not pay tuition to the host institution. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students will be automatically enrolled in and charged for BC's Student Health Insurance Plan.  International students are not eligible to waive coverage of this insurance plan.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the US Embassy and Consulates for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.