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Boston University E and B EXC
Boston MA, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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65%; Credit
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Agreement Scope:
Business School
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Exchange Semester/Year
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Boston University

Location: Boston, MA
Year Established: 1839
Student population: 30,700
Boston University is a prestigious research university that offers a rigorous education, mixing liberal arts and professional training. Unlike some residential colleges in the US, it’s closely bound up with the city of Boston, which is a powerful drawcard for many international students – it enrols the eighth largest international population of any major US university. Among its famous alumni are numerous Pulitzer Prize winners, television and film stars and literary greats.

Boston is a dynamic university where you’ll encounter Nobel Prize winners, poets laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners and Fulbright Scholars. It is a leading global research institution which attracts the best students from all over the world. Most undergraduates live on campus, which offers more than 450 student activity groups.

Unique characteristics
With 17 schools and colleges and 250 fields of study, Boston University is known for the quality of its teaching. The Boston University Questrom School of Business has been operating for more than 100 years and offers undergraduates a firm grounding in liberal arts, immersion in the study of management and exposure to real world business case studies in Boston, a city which is famous for its biotech, education, entrepreneurship, finance, high technology, medicine, and non-profit organisations.
Boston is one of America’s most forward thinking cities, boasting universities, libraries, technology centres and financial institutions – it has possibly more researchers and PhDs per capita than anywhere else in the world. You can easily walk around this fascinating city and the public transport system is excellent. There is the ocean, lakes, mountains and wilderness nearby.

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Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university

Subject Area/s: 

Arts and Social Sciences



Exclusions apply

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Fall Semester: September - December
Spring Semester: January - May

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


16-18 Credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
Grades at the host university as calculated based on the 4-point scale. More information on the host university's grading system 

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period. Official transcripts may be ordered online for electronic or paper delivery to the home university.



Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English

Language Requirement
See language requirements for non-native speakers of English.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
The International Student and Scholar Office provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of the United States of America in Australia

Student Experiences

Yiqing Fei
Bachelor of Commerce, Semester 2, 2015

Host City Highlights
There is so much to explore in Boston, and a thriving student culture with Harvard and MIT just across the river and great churches and other architecture for sightseeing.

Uni Life
There are plenty of clubs and societies and they usually have events every week! You can easily get to know local students by participating in societies and also in classes, especially when you have group projects.

Each class has about 3 contact hours per week, you usually have a small class with around 20 people. Class format depends on the class, some includes lecture plus tutorial, some are just solely discussion based classes. Assessments are spread across the whole semester, classes usually have a mid-semester exam and a final exam.

The Dinina hall in Boston University is quite amazing. It has 3 main dining halls and also late-night kitchen. There are many things to try in Boston, but the Boston lobster would be a must-try.

On-campus housing is available to exchange students, but if too many people apply, the school would put some exchange students in a Holiday Inn nearby the campus. I lived with one roommate who was also an exchange student.

Money Matters
If you live on campus and eat on campus, it is easier to manage your funds as most will be included in a 'package' already. I don’t think I was able to work within the limitations of my Visa but that may depend.

Getting Around
The transport system in Boston is called MBTA which is well connected and frequent, but crowded in peak hour as can be expected.

For weekend trips you can visit nearby Cape Cod and Lexington. There are mini tours available, or you can just take the bus/commuter rail to get to Walden Pond and Lexington. Thanksgiving holiday and after the semester and good times for longer travel plans - plan ahead so you would be able to get cheap prices on flights and hotels.

Top Tips
Boston is really a historical city. It's really worthwhile to explore the city and experience the history in it.

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