Boston University Study Abroad

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About Boston University Study Abroad

Boston University Study Abroad offers an unparalleled array of academic and internship programs in more than 30 cities in six continents. Every year, students from Boston University and more than 150 other colleges and universities in the United States enjoy the opportunity to study language, liberal arts, fine arts, science, business, engineering, or pursue an internship. Our role is to help students realize their dreams to study and intern abroad. Boston University Study Abroad is a division of Boston University Global Programs, with primary responsibility for creating opportunities for undergraduate study abroad around the world.

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Boston University: London Internship Program

England : London

The London Internship Program offers a semester of study and work in Englands exciting capital city. This program combines a professional internship with coursework that...

Boston University: Dresden German Studies Program

Germany : Dresden

On all our Dresden Programs, students study at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Germany. By enrolling...

Boston University: Madrid Spanish Studies Program

Spain : Madrid

The Madrid Language and Liberal Arts Program offers a semester or academic year of study and cultural immersion in the lively and cosmopolitan city of Madrid, Spain. In addition...

Boston University: Grenoble French Studies Program (Summer)

France : Grenoble

The program lets students live and study in a university town in a spectacular alpine setting. The program has two levels Level 1: Intensive French Language, for students...

Boston University: Sydney Internship Program

Australia : Sydney

The Sydney Internship program combines coursework at the Boston University Sydney Academic Center with professional work experience in or near Sydney. During the first...

BUAbroad: Washington, DC Management Internship Program

United States : Washington D.C.

Boston University Study Abroad and the School of Management offer SMG students an exciting opportunity to earn management credit and complete a four-credit internship in

Boston University: Los Angeles Internship Program

United States : Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Internship Program offers students a semester of study and work in the heart of the film, television, advertising and public relations, and entertainment

Boston University: Madrid Internship Program

Spain : Madrid

This program is offered for those students who are looking to enhance their Spanish language skills while working abroad in one of Europes most important vibrant commercial...

Boston University: Padua Italian Studies Program

Italy : Padua(Padova)

A thriving and ancient university city with few tourists, Padua offers a unique opportunity for study abroad. Headquartered at the BU Padua Academic Center, the program is...

Boston University: Rabat Internship Program

Morocco : Rabat

In the heart of Rabat’s medina, students live, learn and explore the language and culture of North Africa and the Middle East. The Rabat Internship Program immerses students...

Los Angeles Film & Television Internship Only Program

United States : Los Angeles

The Los Angeles summer internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to spend 10 weeks working in the fields of film and television. Students...

Boston University: Venice Environmental Studies Program

Italy : Venice

The City of Venice, Italy is home to innumerable and priceless artifacts and treasures of western heritage and also a frequently cited example in heated debates about the...

Rio de Janeiro Intensive Portuguese Language Program

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

In this six-week, eight-credit program, students complete the equivalent of one year of Portuguese language at the intermediate level in Rio, known as the cidade maravilhosa:...

Boston University: Auckland Management Internship Program

New Zealand : Auckland

The Auckland Management Internship Program offers management experience in New Zealand combined with courses at the University of Auckland. Students enroll in three courses:...

Boston University Padua Italian and European Studies Program

Italy : Padua(Padova)

The Padua Italian and European Studies Program offers a semester of study in the historic and lively university town of Padua (Padova) Italy, located 20 miles west of Venice....

Zanzibar: Swahili Language and Culture in East Africa

Tanzania : Zanzibar

As the crossroads of African, Persian, Arab, Indian, and European cultures for nearly two millennia, the islands of Zanzibar provide a unique setting in which to explore

Boston University: Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

United States : Washington D.C.

This program offers students the opportunity to spend ten weeks studying and interning in one of the world's most important capital cities. Although known primarily as the...

Boston University: Tuscany Landscape Painting Program

Italy : Tuscania

The landscape painting program in Tuscany offers both painting majors and non-majors the opportunity to spend six weeks studying landscape painting on the estate of Capitignano...

Boston University: Travel Writing in Australia

Australia : Sydney

Located in Sydney and featuring a 12-day guided research trip, this eight week program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to produce and study travel...

Boston University: Tel Aviv Engineering Program

Israel : Tel Aviv

The Tel Aviv Engineering Program is ideally suited to second semester sophomores in all engineering majors. It allows students to pursue engineering in a dynamic international...

Boston University: Sydney Film Festival & Internship Program

Australia : Sydney

The Sydney Entertainment Promotion and Film Studies Program offers students the opportunity to spend six weeks studying contemporary film and promotional marketing in a

Boston University: Sydney Engineering Program

Australia : Sydney

The Sydney Engineering Program offers Boston University engineering students the opportunity to take technical and engineering courses through local university study at the...

Boston University: Sydney Summer Internship Program

Australia : Sydney

The vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Sydney is the setting for the Sydney Internship Program, which offers eight weeks of coursework and participation in a professional internship....

Boston University: Shanghai Internship Program

China : Shanghai

The Boston University Shanghai Internship Program offers a semester of study and internship experience, in the vibrant and booming metropolis of Shanghai. Chinese language...

Boston University: Shanghai Summer Chinese Studies Program

China : Shanghai

The Shanghai Chinese Studies Program at Shanghai's Fudan University offers eight weeks of intensive language study. Students will live and study in China's largest and most...

BUAbroad: Shanghai Chinese Language & Culture Program

China : Shanghai

Boston University's Shanghai Programs offer a semester of study to students at beginning to advanced levels of Chinese language study. Hosted by Fudan University, the Shanghai...

Rabat Arabic Language & Service Learning Program (Summer)

Morocco : Rabat

Through language study and a volunteer partnership with a host organization working on education, health care, children's welfare, women's rights, and other critical issues,...

Boston University: Rabat Arabic Studies Program

Morocco : Rabat

Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Arabic language and Arab culture by learning and living in Rabat, the cosmopolitan, capital city of Morocco. In...

Boston University: Padua Summer Italian Studies Program

Italy : Padua(Padova)

The Padua Language and Liberal Arts Program offers six weeks of intensive language and cultural study in a historic and lively university town, located 20 miles west of Venice. Students...

Boston University: Guatemala Archaeology Program

Guatemala : Antigua

The Guatemala Archaeology Program provides students with an unparalleled experience in Maya archeology, history and culture, through intensive language study in the beautiful...

Menorca Field School in Archaeology and Heritage Management

Spain : Ciutadella de Menorca

The program will consist of a six-week excavation campaign combined with lectures, laboratory work, and study tours of the island's cultural and historical monuments, as

Boston University: Madrid Science Program

Spain : Madrid

The Madrid Science Program, offered only in fall semester, combines science coursework with Spanish language and culture studies at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and the...

Boston University: Madrid Management Internship Program

Spain : Madrid

Boston University Study Abroad and the School of Management offer SMG students an exciting opportunity to earn management credit and complete a four-credit internship in

Boston University: Madrid Summer Spanish Studies Program

Spain : Madrid

This six-week program takes place at the Instituto Internacional and offers the study of Spanish language, literature, and culture in one of Europe's liveliest and most exciting...

Boston University: Madrid Summer Internship Program

Spain : Madrid

The Madrid Internship Program offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks living, studying, and interning in Madrid, one of Europe's liveliest and most exciting

Boston University: Madrid Engineering Program

Spain : Madrid

The rewards of studying engineering in Madrid are many; exposure to another culture in preparation for technical careers in the global economy, access to elite research facilities...

Boston University: Los Angeles Summer Internship Program

United States : Los Angeles

The summer Los Angeles Internship Program focuses on promotion and public relations in the film and television industry. Students will take two courses and conduct an academic...

Los Angeles Certificate Program: The Writer in Hollywood

United States : Los Angeles

College-graduated students who have interest and experience in writing and/or development for film and television have the opportunity to continue their education in writing...

Los Angeles Certificate Program: Acting in Hollywood

United States : Los Angeles

Graduates of Boston University School of Theater as well as graduated students of other college/university theater-training programs have the opportunity to continue their...

Boston University: London British Studies Program (Summer)

England : London

Boston University's London Summer Liberal Arts program provides an opportunity to study the many facets of contemporary British culture with courses on the British media,...

Boston University: London Summer Internship Program

England : London

The London Internship Program offers 12 weeks of study and work in England's fascinating, fast-paced, and sophisticated capital. Students participate in London's work life...

Boston University: London History & Literature Program

England : London

Boston University's newest program in London is about London itself - the stories, the voices, the history and the literature of this greatest of all cities. Open to all

Boston University London Graduate Mass Communication Program

England : London

In a 24/7 global news environment, politics and the media have become increasingly interdependent, creating challenges for professionals in both fields. The Boston University...

London Art History Program with the Courtauld Institute

England : London

This program offers something truly unique to serious students of art - a semester of art history at Britain's preeminent art institute, the world-renowned Courtauld Institute...

BUAbroad: London & Paris: Architecture & Urbanism Program

England : London

In this eight-week summer program beginning in London and moving on to Paris, students will study the historical development of architectural styles and aesthetics. Courses...

Boston University: Grenoble Science Program

France : Grenoble

The Grenoble Science Program, offered only during the Fall semester, is an ideal choice for pre-health and other science students. This unique program combines science coursework...

Boston University: Grenoble Engineering Program

France : Grenoble

New for Spring 2012, the Grenoble Engineering program is a one-semester program, ideally suited for second-semester sophomores in engineering. The program carries no prior...

Boston University: Grenoble French Studies Program

France : Grenoble

The program lets students live and study in a university town in a spectacular alpine setting. The program has two levels - Level 1: Intensive French Language, for students...

Boston University: Geneva Physics Program

Switzerland : Geneve [Geneva]

Boston University’s Geneva Physics Program, in cooperation with the University of Geneva, brings students directly to the cutting edge of modern physics. With classes at...

BUAbroad: Geneva & London: International Conflict Resolution

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This program introduces students to international conflict resolution in light of contemporary conflicts and global security concerns. The first half of the program will...

Global Governance, Economic Development and Human Rights

Switzerland : Geneve [Geneva]

Economic development is often associated with on-the-ground projects in developing countries such as irrigation and road infrastructure projects, and provision of antimalarials...

Boston University: Dublin Internship Program (Summer)

Ireland : Dublin

The Dublin Summer Internship Program offers eight weeks of coursework in a single liberal arts course and participation in a professional internship in or near Dublin. Excursions...

Boston University: Dublin Engineering Program

Ireland : Dublin

The Dublin Engineering Program offers upper division engineering students the opportunity to take technical and engineering courses through local university study at Dublin...

Boston University: Burgos University Spanish Studies Program

Spain : Burgos

Burgos, two hours north of Madrid, is known as a center of Spanish tradition. Home to one of Europe’s most beautiful Gothic cathedrals, it was also an important way station...

Boston University: Auckland University Studies Program

New Zealand : Auckland

The combination of academic work, field trips, and personal travel opportunities gives students a rich introduction to New Zealand life and culture. Students in the program...

Boston University: Auckland Internship Program

New Zealand : Auckland

If it's beauty you seek, New Zealand should be near the top of your list. All our programs in Auckland give you ample opportunity to explore not only the diverse City of

Boston University: Argentina Cultural Studies Program

Argentina : Cordoba

The program offers students the opportunity to live and study in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s intellectual and cultural capital and one of Latin America’s most sophisticated...

Boston University: Geneva Internship Program

Switzerland : Geneve [Geneva]

With its glorious alpine setting, a multitude of important global organizations, and a certain sense that everything is just so, Geneva is a marvelous place to live and study....

Boston University: Dresden Science Program

Germany : Dresden

Offering science courses taught in English, the Dresden Science Program is designed to fit neatly in science students' existing curricula and requirements. Students study...

Boston University: Paris Summer Internship Program

France : Paris

The Paris Internship Program offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks living, studying, and interning in Paris. Students are introduced to the city's rich and...

Boston University: Washington, DC Journalism Program

United States : Washington D.C.

The Washington, DC Journalism Program offers graduate and undergraduate journalism students the chance to spend a semester in Washington, DC meeting newsmakers, working in...

Boston University: Dresden Engineering Program

Germany : Dresden

On all our Dresden Programs, students study at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Germany. The program...

Boston University: Dresden Internship Program

Germany : Dresden

Students who have advanced German language skills may participate in the program, which combines study and coursework with a professional internship. The program is ideal...

Boston University: Paris Internship Program

France : Paris

The Paris Internship Program offers a semester of study and work in the hub of French and European business and culture. The program combines an internship with intensive...

Boston University: Ecuador Tropical Ecology Program

Ecuador : Quito

The Ecuador Tropical Ecology Program offers biology and environmental science majors the opportunity to spend a semester studying the vast and diverse ecosystems of tropical...

Boston University: Venice Studio Arts Program

Italy : Venice

Based at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, the program offers coursework in graphic design or painting in a city whose museums, walkways, and canals form a truly unique...

Boston University: Washington, DC Internship Program

United States : Washington D.C.

The Washington, DC Internship Program offers a semester of study and work in the political and media center of the United States. The program combines a full-time internship...

BUAbroad: Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program

Israel : Haifa

The Haifa Language & Liberal Arts Program offers a semester or year in the vibrant and cosmopolitan Mediterranean port of Haifa, Israel. The program combines language study...

Boston University: Dublin Internship Program

Ireland : Dublin

The Dublin Internship program combines coursework at Dublin City University (DCU) with professional work experience in or near Dublin. During the first part of the program,...

Boston University: Quito Latin American Studies Program

Ecuador : Quito

The Quito Language and Liberal Arts Program immerses advanced students of Spanish in the cultural and ecological diversity of the northern Andean country of Ecuador. Students...

Alumni Interviews

Staff Interviews

  • Renée Pontbriand - BU Paris Director

    Renée Pontbriand - BU Paris Director

    Renée completed her Masters in French with Middlebury College in Paris. She received her Bachelors of Arts in International Relations and French with Boston University and studied at the Université de Grenoble. With the program since 1991, she serves as Director of Boston University Study Abroad in Paris, bringing to bear experience in Study Abroad in Boston and in Grenoble. Her responsibilities span public relations, student services, communication, scheduling, budgeting, publications, and alumni affairs.

    Boston University center in Paris

    BU-Paris Center.

    You’ve been with the BU Paris Program for over 20 years, how did you originally get connected with Boston University Study Abroad?

    I attended Boston University and studied abroad at our Grenoble program during my sophomore year. I was a work study in the office & returned to work for BU study abroad during my junior and senior years in Boston. I then went to Middlebury in Paris to complete my Masters & was the resident assistant in the dorm for the BU Paris program. My five-year plan to be abroad has turned into 23 years!

    Students in the Eiffel Tower, Paris

    Fall 2014 Group.

    Your role as Site Director for BU Paris involves a variety of tasks, from public relations and student services, to budgeting and alumni affairs. What does a typical day look like?

    There is no typical day and that is what makes it fascinating! Crisis management always comes first, but if all is quiet my priorities will depend on if students are in the course phase or internship phase and if our budgets are due. Making sure the machine is well-oiled and everyone working together is key. Running our own facility is challenging as you quickly learn about all sorts of technical & compliance issues. Checking in with staff regarding housing and internship placements, along with chatting with the students about classes or their daily commute is also part of my day. I live in the far suburbs, but my 90 minute train commute gives me time to catch up on local news and eavesdrop on the French and their current preoccupations while on the train.

    BU programs in Paris involve both study opportunities and internships. Why is this combo so beneficial for students?

    Students in Trianon

    Fall 2014 Trianon Visit.

    Professionalizing the academics and intellectualizing the professional is our mantra. Putting into practice in the workplace what you learn in the classroom is the ultimate goal of our program, while also allowing students self-reflect. Many students are preoccupied with how they will be able to pay off their loans, so getting job experience is very important. For some of our international students, this is their first work experience, so getting to know what it means to have a boss, wake up on time, and meet deadlines is new. For others, the challenge of a difficult colleague or being rejected from an interview also is a reality check of what awaits them after college. To quote Wendy Mogel’s book title, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, we always try to re-frame these difficult and challenging abroad experiences as beneficial for personal and professional growth.

    What kind of extracurricular activities or excursions do you offer to help your students in Paris fully immerse in the local culture?

    Our program includes many course-related activities. Most classes include two to three class sessions outside the classroom to fully take advantage of all Paris has to offer. Theater, cinema, political institutions, art galleries, visits to neighborhoods that inspired writers, and historical sites are all part of the syllabi. Within our French grammar classes, there are linguistic exchanges with French students and culinary workshops and wine tastings. We try to put students’ language skills to work in an enjoyable setting. Students can also be reimbursed for attending cultural events such as concerts, sporting events, or yoga classes. We want students to do what they usually enjoy but in a different setting. This way they have something in common to chat about with the people they meet and do it all in French!

    From your experience, what is a typical day like for a student on your BU Paris program?

    Students have about 17 hours of classes a week for the first seven weeks, and then quickly develop a metro-boulot-dodo (subway-work-sleep) 35-hour work routine for the internship phase. Students live at a dorm or in a French household, but remain very independent. Some students have never taken public transportation, while others learn to cook, do laundry and clean for themselves. Doing all this in French can be tiring, but very rewarding in the end.

    Students in a wine tasting class

    Wine Tasting Class.

    Your background is in International Relations and French, how do you apply these skills to your role as Director on a daily basis?

    Navigating a foreign culture requires specific tools, and having political, historical, geographical, diplomatic, and especially linguistic knowledge can only serve you well when needing to negotiate, manage, and sympathize with your foreign interlocutor.

    You have an MA in French from Middlebury College in Paris, and your program includes intensive French language study. Why is the inclusion of language study so important to studying and interning abroad?

    Learning how someone else structures their thought process and chooses vocabulary in order to express ideas is the best way to learn about a culture. Values, beliefs, priorities and personalities are reflected through their written and spoken language. Simply understanding the importance that bonjour can make, or break the ensuing relationship be it personal or professional, can only come about by immersing yourself and making the effort to speak.  Without this, one cannot fully share emotions, nor understand a joke!

    Paris Anniversary logo of BU

    Paris 25th Anniversary logo

    How do you ensure the safety and security of your students while they’re in Paris?

    We have always been very sensitive to this issue and strive to give students the necessary skills and information needed to navigate in new surroundings. We have a very intensive orientation that brings together safety tips from the US Embassy, wisdom from the local French police, and practical advice from over 25 years of managing student incidents. We cover health, safe sex, drugs and alcohol, fire safety, transportation, dress code, harassment, street demonstrations, and terrorism. We have an elaborate emergency response plan and review this with staff and students in detail.

    What advice would you give to students who are interested in applying to the BU Paris program?

    Be ready for a fast-paced, intense, and challenging 16 weeks filled with many different personal and professional relationships and new concepts in a vibrant European capital.

    What is the most fulfilling part about your job as the Director of BU Paris?

    It is fascinating to witness slight to radical transformations in students regarding their language acquisition, professional outlook, cultural acceptance and self-discovery. I also am lucky to keep in touch with many alumni who share how important this experience has shaped who they have become both personally and professionally.