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Boston College

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to Boston College. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at Boston College!


Established in 1863, Boston College is one of the oldest and most prestigious Jesuit, Catholic universities in the U.S. Ranked highly among national universities by U.S. News and World Report, Boston College has consistently exhibited a strong dedication to academic excellence.


Boston College (BC) is located just on the edge of Boston, a city which offers a unique blend of past, present, and future. The city juxtaposes modern office buildings with 17th and 18th century architecture, and its distinct neighbourhoods, such as Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the North End, can easily be explored on foot

The city boasts the greatest concentration of higher education institutions in the U.S. and is a centre for medicine, research, and technology.

Known as “The Heights,” BC’s beautiful 175-acre main campus is comprised of stunning Gothic architecture and has both a clear view of the Boston skyline and easy access to the city’s amenities.

Level of competitiveness

Competitive **

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: August to December

Semester 2: January to May 

For more information, go to Boston College's academic calendar.


Students are limited to 1 finance and 1 economics course.

While BC makes every effort to place students in their choice of courses, no guarantee can be made that they will be enrolled in their first-choice classes. Exchange students must plan to take classes in a variety of subjects. In keeping with the US model of a liberal arts education, students generally only take one or two courses in their major, with the rest being taken in other subjects. Students pay their home university tuition for the semester or year they spend at BC.

Go to the course catalogue.


12-15  credit hours (usually four x 3 credit courses) per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Due to the limited space, on-campus housing is not guaranteed. Most exchange students reside in off-campus accommodations such as shared houses or apartments with other BC and international students. An exchange student housing lottery is held for the available on-campus rooms in May for fall and fullyear students and in October for spring students. Off-Campus Housing Services assists exchange students in finding suitable off-campus housing upon arrival in Boston.

Information on housing can be found on Boston College's Residential Life page.

Cost of Living

  • Semester Exchange $13,283
  • Year Exchange $25,000

Support Services

For information on accessibility, please visit Boston College's Disability Services website.

Campus Life

BC offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities including sports, social and intercultural clubs, and volunteer opportunities. Exchange students are encouraged to participate in the annual Study Abroad Fair, pre-departure orientations, and study abroad information sessions designed for BC study abroad, students. A number of other social activities are organized for exchange students.

Visiting students can enjoy the spirit and enthusiasm that come from attending games and cheering for the “Eagles.”

Social Media

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Additional Resources

Boston College Exchange Programme Brochure [PDF 2,780KB]