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Boston University

Boston University

Check whether Boston University is right for you as an international student.

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Boston, USA
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Study abroad at Boston University

Based in the bustling city of Boston, Boston University (BU) is one of the world’s most esteemed research institutions. As one of the USA’s largest private universities, BU offers a tremendous array of academic opportunities, both on-campus and online.

Boston University has been delivering outstanding online programs since 2002. Whether you want to refine your professional skills with a certificate, build a detailed understanding with a degree program, or explore a specific interest through a professional course, you can do it all at BU.

You’ll have the chance to study everything from art and education to computer science and healthcare. With access to excellent support services, cutting-edge technology, and a world-class faculty, you’ll love being part of BU’s interactive learning environment.

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Why study at Boston University?

  • Award-winning programs

    The quality of BU’s online courses have been recognized through numerous awards and accolades

  • Expert faculty

    You’ll learn from the same experienced lecturers that teach on-campus

  • Ultra-modern technology

    You’ll use the latest educational technologies and apps to maximize your learning experience

  • Small classes

    You’ll learn in groups of around 15 pupils

  • Flexible study options

    You can fit your studies around your career and commitments

Life as an international student

As an online student, you’ll have access to the same support services as on-campus pupils, and more. The University’s academic advisors can guide you through the admissions process, help you select your modules, and assist you in finding professional placements.

There’s also a dedicated Office of Distance Education. Staff at the center will help you navigate the learning management system (LMS) and answer any questions you might have about studying online.

Should you encounter any technical difficulties, BU’s Information Services & Technology Office will be on-hand to assist. You’ll have complete access to the BU library system too.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support

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Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition - $56,854 / year
  • Graduate tuition - $21,888 - $56,854 / year
  • Online programs - $24,000 / program

Trustee Scholarship

BU’s most prestigious scholarship, scholars become part of a unique campus community that offers intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities. Competitive applicants who are among the most accomplished in their class and demonstrate exceptional engagement in their schools and communities should apply.

  • Annual Value - Full tuition & fees

Presidential Scholarship

Given to first-year students from around the globe who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. In addition to being among our most talented students, they also excel beyond the classroom and are leaders in their schools and communities.

  • Annual Value - $25,000

National Merit Scholarship

Finalists in the National Merit Competition who designate BU as first-choice college with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation before March 1 will be considered for this award.

  • Annual Value - Presidential Scholarship


Boston University

Boston, MA 02215, United States

Boston is a city steeped in American history and is world-renowned as an international center of educational excellence.

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Visa requirements for Boston University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements