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Last updated June, 2019

Academic Information

Course Information

Undergraduate and Graduate options available.

Course prerequisites:

  • Prerequisites for certain courses may differ from Otago’s. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the prerequisites to attend selected courses at the host institution.
  • As an example: Economics does not require Calculus or Statistics for the basic courses but for almost all others, they require Calculus and/or Statistics.
  • Suitable Otago courses to meet Statistics/Calculus prerequisites: BSNS 102 + BSNS 104 + ECON 112 (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics); MATH 102 or MATH 160 (Calculus); STAT110 or STAT115 (Statistics for non-commerce students)

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: September - May
  • Fall Term: September - December
  • Winter Term: January - May
  • Academic Calendar

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • Minimum course load: 4 classes (12 BC credits)
  • Maximum course load: 5 classes (15 BC credits)

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Due to limited on-campus housing, most exchange students find off-campus accommodations in shared houses or apartments with other BC students.

Housing Information 

Estimated Cost of Living

Check that you have the required USA $ amount for your semester of study at Boston College, exclusive of travel expenses.

Cost of Living

Additional Information

Student Visa and Insurance

Student Visas and Insurance information

U.S. Department of State

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

Established in 1863 as a private, Jesuit university, Boston College is one of the most selective institutions of higher education in the U.S. Known as “The Heights,” the university’s 118-acre main campus has stunning Gothic architecture, a clear view of the Boston skyline, and easy access to the city’s amenities. With approximately 9100 undergraduate and 4900 graduate students, the university exhibits its strong commitment to academic excellence through its various undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Carroll School of Management, the Lynch School of Education, the Connell School of Nursing, as well as its various graduate schools.

About Boston College

Boston City

Founded in 1630, the city of Boston is a blend of the past, present, and future. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings are interspersed among tall, modern structures; the city is surrounded by a corridor of high-technology industries. Boston boasts the greatest concentration of higher education institutions in the United States, and is a hub for the arts and culture with world-renowned museums and a wide variety of sports, music, and theater.


Boston City

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email