Boston College

Boston and Newton
United States of America

Language of instruction


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

Guides and additional information

Boston College have online  resources to help out get the most out of your exchange:


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

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B Commerce
    Semester 2, 2018
    There are many highlights of my exchange experience, but the unparalleled precious friendship I made with classmates worldwide is what I value the most.

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

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. 

Study areas taught in English

Art history
Biological sciences
Business information systems
Chemistry and biochemistry
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer science
Earth and Geographical Sciences
English literature
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
Human resources
Information technology
International relations
Mathematics and statistics
Political science

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


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. 

Additional Mandatory Fees

Boston College has additional mandatory fees, of which the Health Services fee and Activities fee are applicable to all exchange students. These fees cannot be waived. Fees are listed on the BC's Tuition and Fees webpage. Fees listed may be for a full academic year, and may be less if attending for one semester.

Financial support

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


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.

All exchange students are required to purchase BC's Student Health Insurance Plan. Exchange students are not eligible to waive this requirement. Students will be automatically enrolled in and charged for the Student Health Insurance Plan.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October 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 the Global Experiences team 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

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.