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 of Boston University offers a semester of study and work in England's exciting capital city. This program combines a professional internship...

Boston University: Dresden German Studies Program

Germany : Dresden

The Boston University Dresden German Studies Program places students at the Technische Universität Dresden, one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities...

Boston University: Madrid Spanish Studies Program

Spain : Madrid

The Boston University Madrid Spanish Studies Program offers a semester of study and cultural immersion in Spain's capital. Students can enroll in one of the following: Level...

Boston University: Grenoble French Studies Program (Summer)

France : Grenoble

Students in Boston University Grenoble French Studies Program enroll in one of three tracks based on their level of language proficiency or their specific academic interest....

Sydney Internship Program

Australia : Sydney

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

BUAbroad: Washington, DC Management Internship Program

United States : Washington D.C.

In conjunction with the BU Washington, DC Academic Center and George Washington University, Boston University offers a special dedicated management track to students of commerce,...

Boston University: Los Angeles Internship Program

United States : Los Angeles

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

Boston University: Madrid Internship Program

Spain : Madrid

Join the Madrid Internship Program, and enhance your Spanish language skills while working in one of the most important commercial centers in Europe. Participants with sufficient...

Boston University: Padua Italian Studies Program

Italy : Padua(Padova)

Take part in the Padua Italian Studies Program, which is based at the BU Padua Academic Center. The program is offered in partnership with the University of Padua. The BU...

BU Study Abroad: Madrid Spanish and European Studies Program

Spain : Madrid

Boston University invites students to take part in the Madrid Spanish and European Studies Program. The program combines Spanish language with English-taught courses that...

Rabat Internship Program

Morocco : Rabat

The Boston University is offering the Rabat Internship Program, which provides students with the opportunity to explore, live, and learn the language and culture of the Middle...

Los Angeles Film & Television Internship Only Program

United States : Los Angeles

Boston University is offering undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to spend ten weeks working in the fields of television and film. Program participants will...

Boston University: Venice Environmental Studies Program

Italy : Venice

Join an Environmental Studies Program in Venice. This Italian city is home to numerous priceless treasures and artifacts of western heritage, and is also a frequently mentioned...

Rio de Janeiro Intensive Portuguese Language Program

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

Take part in the Rio de Janeiro Intensive Portuguese Language Program offered by Boston University. Participants take the equivalent of one year of Portuguese language. The...

Boston University: Auckland Management Internship Program

New Zealand : Auckland

Join the Auckland Management Internship Program. The program combines internship with courses offered at the University of Auckland. Participants take a 4-credit internship,...

Boston University Padua Italian and European Studies Program

Italy : Padua(Padova)

Join the Padua Italian and European Studies Program, and spend a semester studying in the lively and historic university town of Padua. The program combines English-taught...

Zanzibar: Swahili Language and Culture in East Africa

Tanzania : Zanzibar

Explore issues of politics, class, gender, race, ethnicity, and religion in East Africa through the Swahili Language and Culture program in Zanzibar. The islands of Zanzibar,...

Boston University: Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

United States : Washington D.C.

Spend ten weeks interning and studying in one of the most important capital cities in the world through Boston University's Washington, DC Summer Internship Program. More...

Boston University: Travel Writing in Australia

Australia : Sydney

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

Boston University: Tel Aviv Engineering Program

Israel : Tel Aviv

The Boston University Tel Aviv Engineering Program is perfect for second semester sophomores in all engineering majors. The program allows students to pursue engineering

Boston University: Sydney Film Festival & Internship Program

Australia : Sydney

The Boston University Sydney Film Festival and Internship Program offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks studying contemporary film in a vibrant cosmopolitan...

Boston University: Sydney Engineering Program

Australia : Sydney

The Boston University Sydney Engineering Program offers students the opportunity to take technical and engineering courses at the University of Sydney. Upon successful completion...

Boston University: Sydney Summer Internship Program

Australia : Sydney

The vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Sydney, Australia, is the setting for the Boston University Sydney Internship Program, which offers eight weeks of coursework and participation...

Boston University: Shanghai Internship Program

China : Shanghai

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

Boston University: Shanghai Summer Chinese Studies Program

China : Shanghai

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

BUAbroad: Shanghai Chinese Language & Culture Program

China : Shanghai

The Boston University Shanghai Chinese Language & Culture Program offers a semester of study in a vibrant and booming metropolis in China. Hosted at Fudan University and

Rabat Arabic Language & Service Learning Program (Summer)

Morocco : Rabat

Boston University and the Center for Cross Cultural Learning offers a summer language study and volunteer program in Rabat, Morocco. Volunteering placements are available...

Boston University: Rabat Arabic Studies Program

Morocco : Rabat

The Boston University Rabat Arabic Studies Program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Arabic language and Arab culture by learning and living in...

Boston University: Padua Summer Italian Studies Program

Italy : Padua(Padova)

The Boston University Padua Summer Italian Studies Program offers six weeks of intensive language and cultural study in a historic and lively university town about 20 miles...

Boston University: Guatemala Archaeology Program

Guatemala : Antigua

The Boston University Guatemala Archeology Program provides students with an unparalleled experience in Maya archeology, history, and culture through intensive language study...

Menorca Field School in Archaeology and Heritage Management

Spain : Ciutadella de Menorca

The Boston University Menorca Field School in Archeology and Heritage Management program consists of a six-week excavation campaign combined with lectures, laboratory work,...

Boston University: Madrid Science Program

Spain : Madrid

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

Boston University: Madrid Management Internship Program

Spain : Madrid

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

Boston University: Madrid Summer Spanish Studies Program

Spain : Madrid

The Boston University Madrid Summer Spanish Studies Program takes place at the Instituto Internacional and offers the study of Spanish language, literature, and culture in...

Boston University: Madrid Summer Internship Program

Spain : Madrid

The Boston University Madrid Summer Internship Program is offered to students who are looking to enhance their Spanish language skills while interning abroad in one of Europe's...

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 Boston University Los Angeles Summer Internship Program focuses on promotion and public relations in the film and television industry. Students will take two courses

Los Angeles Certificate Program: The Writer in Hollywood

United States : Los Angeles

College graduates who are interested in writing for film and television have the opportunity to continue their education with Boston University Los Angeles Certificate Program:...

Los Angeles Certificate Program: Acting in Hollywood

United States : Los Angeles

Students who have graduated from the Boston University School of Theater or other university/college theater-training programs are invited to join the Los Angeles Certificate...

Boston University: London Summer Internship Program

England : London

Study and work in England for eleven weeks through the London Summer Internship Program offered by Boston University. Students will take part in pre-placed internships that...

Boston University: London History & Literature Program

England : London

Participate in the History & Literature Program offered by Boston University, which provides the opportunity to write, read and live in London through a combination of directed...

Boston University London Graduate Mass Communication Program

England : London

Take part in the Graduate Mass Communication Program offered by Boston University in London. The program provides students with the opportunity to study global marketing

London Art History Program with the Courtauld Institute

England : London

Take a semester of Art History at the world-renowned Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Program participants get the chance to experience every facet...

BUAbroad: London & Paris: Architecture & Urbanism Program

-Multi-Country Locations : -Multi-Country Locations, England and 1 other location , France Show less

Take part in the Architecture & Urbanism Program offered by BUAbroad in London and Paris. This summer program runs for eight weeks. Program participants spend the first four...

Boston University: Grenoble Science Program

France : Grenoble

Offered in the Fall semester, the Grenoble Science Program is ideal for Pre-Health and other Science students. The program provides science coursework and French language...

Boston University: Grenoble Engineering Program

France : Grenoble

Take part in the one-semester Grenoble Engineering Program, which is suited for second-semester sophomores in Engineering. The program does not require any prior language...

Boston University: Grenoble French Studies Program

France : Grenoble

Join the Grenoble French Studies Program, and experience studying and living in a university town located in a stunning alpine setting. The program offers two levels: - Level...

Boston University: Geneva Physics Program

Switzerland : Geneve [Geneva]

The Boston University Geneva Physics Program brings students directly to the cutting edge of modern physics. With classes at the University of Geneva and directed research...

BUAbroad: Geneva & London: International Conflict Resolution

-Multi-Country Locations : -Multi-Country Locations, England and 1 other location , Switzerland Show less

Boston University Study Abroad Geneva & London: International Conflict Resolution program introduces students to international conflict resolution in light of contemporary...

Global Governance, Economic Development and Human Rights

Switzerland : Geneve [Geneva]

Global governance is a complex and dynamic process through which public, private, and civil society actors having different, and sometimes conflicting, interests and perspectives...

Boston University: Dublin Internship Program (Summer)

Ireland : Dublin

The Boston University Dublin Summer Internship Program offers eight weeks of coursework in a single liberal arts course and participation in a professional internship in

Boston University: Dublin Engineering Program

Ireland : Dublin

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

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, Burgos was an important way station...

Boston University: Auckland University Studies Program

New Zealand : Auckland

The combination of academic work, field trips, and personal travel opportunities in Boston University Auckland University Studies Program gives students a rich introduction...

Boston University: Auckland Internship Program

New Zealand : Auckland

For those seeking beautiful travel destinations, New Zealand should be near the top of the list. All Boston University programs in Auckland give students ample opportunity...

Boston University: Argentina Cultural Studies Program

Argentina : Buenos Aires

The Boston University Argentina Cultural Studies Program offers students the opportunity to live and study in Buenos Aires, Argentina's intellectual and cultural capital

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, Boston University's Dresden Science Program is designed to fit neatly in science students' existing curricula and requirements....

Boston University: Paris Summer Internship Program

France : Paris

The Boston University Paris Summer Internship Program offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks living, studying, and interning in Paris, France. Students are

Boston University: Washington, DC Journalism Program

United States : Washington D.C.

The Boston University Washington, DC Journalism Program offers graduate and undergraduate journalism students the opportunity to spend a semester in the capital of the United...

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

Boston University is offering the Dresden Internship Program to advanced German language speakers. The program combines coursework and professional internship. It is ideal...

Boston University: Paris Internship Program

France : Paris

Spend a semester of work and study in the hub of French and European culture and business through the Paris Internship Program. The program combines Liberal Arts courses,...

Boston University: Ecuador Tropical Ecology Program

Ecuador : Quito

Boston University is inviting Biology and Environmental Science majors to join the Ecuador Tropical Ecology Program. The program offers the opportunity to study the diverse...

Boston University: Venice Studio Arts Program

Italy : Venice

A semester-long program, the Venice Studio Arts Program offers coursework in Painting or Graphic Design in Venice. The city provides a unique classroom through its canals,...

Boston University: Washington, DC Internship Program

United States : Washington D.C.

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

BUAbroad: Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program

Israel : Haifa

Take part in the Haifa Language & Liberal Arts Program for a semester or academic year. The program is based in the cosmopolitan Mediterranean port of Haifa, Israel, and

Boston University: Dublin Internship Program

Ireland : Dublin

Spend a semester studying and working in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe through the Dublin Internship Program offered by Boston University. Hosted by Dublin...

Boston University: Quito Latin American Studies Program

Ecuador : Quito

The Boston University Quito Latin American Studies Program immerses students in the cultural and ecological diversity of the northern Andean country of Ecuador, through direct...

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.