Boston College is an exchange destination for University College Utrecht students in Boston, USA.
We strongly recommend going in the Spring semester, since housing cannot be guaranteed for Fall semester exchange students.
2 per semester
Fall Semester: Late August - Mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-January - Mid-May
Fall: March 1st
Spring: September 1st
Important: While every effort is made to enroll exchange students in the courses requested on their applications, no guarantees can be made. Exchange students are urged to be flexible about the subjects and classes they take, and to be certain that they have had any prerequisites required for each requested class. Due to high demand, the Economics and Finance Department will enroll students in only one class. Exchange students who wish to take Finance & Economic classes should not plan to take classes which are considered core classes required for graduation at their home institution.
Boston College has five levels for courses:
- -Core: Basic courses, open to any student
- One: Undergraduate elective courses open to students from any field of study
- Two: Undergraduate courses designed primarily for those specializing in that field of study.
- Three: Upper-level courses for undergraduate and graduate registration. Most suited to those with background knowledge of the general subject matter and specializing in that field of study.
- Four: Graduate courses, almost never open to undergrads.
The level can be recognised in the course code: after the first two letters that indicate the field of study, the next digit indicates the level. (EG. HS181 is a one-level history course.)
For the most part, classes at Boston College are assigned 3 credits each for 45 class hours. Classes generally meet two times each week for 90 minutes each, or 3 times each week for one hour. UC students are required to take 15 credits. As one course corresponds to 6 ECTS, you will be able to take 5 courses.
The Boston grade system is exactly similar to the UCU- system - both the A-F scale and the corresponding 0-4 scale.
|Grade||Basic grade point||Grade range|
|A||4.0||3.86 - 4.00|
|A-||3.7||3.46 - 3.85|
|B+||3.3||3.16 - 3.45|
|B||3.0||2.86 - 3.15|
|B-||2.7||2.46 - 2.85|
|C+||2.3||2.16 - 2.45|
|C||2.0||1.86 - 2.15|
|C-||1.7||1.36 - 1.85|
|D||1.0||0.51 - 1.35|
|F||0.0||0.00 - 0.50|
On-campus housing is extremely limited and is assigned by lottery. There are different on-campus residences, with different costs. Some residences have kitchen equipment, others don’t – in the latter case, students are obliged to purchase a meal plan in one of the many Dining facilities. In the former case, a meal plan is optional. Students will be assigned to the residences randomly and cannot give preferences. Off-campus housing is also an option. Students can receive aid from the Off-Housing Office in finding a room, but are still advised to arrive a few weeks in advance.
Obtaining your visa
Students must prove that they have a bank account with sufficient funds to cover their exchange period. Currently, the amount is $23,925/year or $11,804/semester.
- Room: On-campus housing: Shared Room $4,415 - $6,055 per semester (limited on campus housing). The majority of exchange students live off-campus.
- Board: $2,656 per semester for meal plan (required by certain dorms). Students interested in on-campus housing are selected by lottery. Students who are selected will be assigned and are not able to choose their dorms.
- Housing Deposit: approximately $700 (varies with housing)
- BC Mandatory Medical Insurance: $1,283 fall semester/$1,805 spring semester
- Health Services: $510 per year, fall or spring semester. The University Health Services fee is required for on-campus exchange students.
Apart from the ‘regular’ Orientation program, a special International Student Orientation will be organised, including a compulsory English Placement Test for non- native speakers. It should also be noted that fall semester exchange students have a full week orientation, while spring semester students only have a day. BC has begun asking our exchange students to come prepared to plan an event (individually or in a group/team) that will introduce the BC community to some aspect of their country or culture.
Students who visited Boston College so far had a great time! The classes at BC are of ‘incredible quality’, the professors of an extremely high level. Class participation is highly encouraged and indeed almost everyone participates and engages in discussions. With the metro, you can be in downtown Boston within half an hour. The town has ‘a million things to do’ and there’s ‘always something going on’. Buses to New York are cheap as well and you can also easily get to Canada. The closest ski areas are at a distance of 3 hour travel!