July in Boston, USA


Take classes at the diverse and prestigious Boston University, on a campus in a superb location with accessible and economical transport available to explore the region. Boston offers an incredible setting for the US summer, combining heaps of culture and history while also providing countless social and adventure opportunities.

Program Overview

Spend six weeks studying at one of the best universities in the world. Gain credit while experiencing a global city and campus experience second to none.

In 2018, Boston University (BU) was ranked 37th of National Universities by US News. It is one of the oldest universities in the United States and boasts notable alumni like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As a BU ‘summer’ (July) session student you have access to over 700 academic courses. With on-campus accommodation and all of the university facilities, including modern fitness centre, eateries, an arena for sports and concerts, art galleries, museums and libraries – you have access to everything you need.

Start getting excited about:

Having the opportunity to be part of a university that is ranked among the top 15 percent in the world! With the ideal location in the heart of Boston, this is a uni that students dream about attending – and as a CISaustralia student you now have that opportunity.

Choose to study from a multitude of disciplines, including: business; management; finance; accounting; humanities; arts; social science; sociology; anthropology; history; communications; journalism; health and health-related fields; IT; and engineering.

BU has everything you could need to have an interesting and fun-filled Aussie winter (US summer). Beginning with its urban landscape and impressive architecture, the campus is an experience in itself. Not only is BU academically rewarding, it is also a great place to spend six weeks with its modern residential halls (accommodation), libraries, world-class athletic facilities and a multitude of entertainment opportunities.

Living and studying in one of the oldest cities in the United States – Boston. The city is a cultural and historical mecca serving the United States with the first public school, Latin School, and first subway system. The city is considered to be a world leader in innovation, technology, education and serves as an anchor for the greater New England region. The bay provides a nice breeze on warm summer days in Boston, and offers cool and calm shorelines.

You can study in a welcoming environment that appreciates diversity and a global perspective. At the CISaustralia July in Boston program, you will be studying on the BU campus with more than 7,000 students. For diversity, there are also international students from over 50 countries enrolled in the US ‘summer’ session. During the regular school year the University hosts over 33,000 students!

Enjoy summer in Boston – experience a Red Sox game at Fenway Park or visit Quincy Market. Go shopping on the world renowned Newbury Street, and visit some of the best city cafes in Back Bay. The city hosts multiple theatres, concert venues, sports arenas, parks, and museums. Many activities in the city portray its historical roots and showcase its modern future – there is always something going on!


Some highlights of this program include:

  • A beautiful University in a vibrant, historic, cultural city hosting over 250,000 students every year!
  • Six weeks living and experiencing all Boston has to offer – weekend trips to one of the 100+ museums and cultural sites, grabbing fish and chips in Back Bay, Six Flags Amusement park, walking down Newbury street, visiting Sam Adam’s brewery, people watching at Quincy Market and catching a Red Sox baseball game
  • Gaining credit for two academic courses within the 13 different BU faculties (colleges)
  • Be guided by world-class lecturers and professors – BU boasts a research focus and innovative mindset that is envied and imitated by many institutions around the globe
  • The choice of hundreds of BU courses – it’s not easy to select just two to study!
  • Meet students from around the world – create a lifelong network of like-minded and motivated friends
  • All the amazing places you can visit are within easy travelling distance from BU
  • Enjoy being a part of arguably one of the most historic cities in the US. Boston is a historical mecca boasting hundreds of historical sites, walks, museums and memorials.
  • While Australia is in the middle of winter, take 6 weeks out in the Massachusetts summer
  • Try out new restaurants, visit the tourist attractions and sit back and take in diversity and Bostonian pride – Boston is the place to be!

Choose Your Course

BU has one of the strongest education brands in the US and globally. BU is highly ranked and sought after by students worldwide and is in an ideal location with extensive academic choices for students to pursue their passions.

Course Load: As an international student you will be required to take two (2) courses minimum (or equivalent minimum of 8 US credits). BU is very clear that students MUST be enrolled in a minimum of 8 US credits (usually 2 x 4 US credit courses) to keep their valid student visa.

  • Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview, and the contact hours.
  • It is best to get 4 or 5 courses approved by your Australian university before you depart for your overseas program. This way you will have plenty of classes to choose from and some flexibility in setting up your schedule.
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

On the first day of class, your instructor will let you know what textbooks you need to buy. Most assigned textbooks will be available for purchase at the BU Bookstore.

The course system will be available upon application.

How to Choose Your Courses: Now this is the fun part. As part of your application you will complete a CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet. The instructions provided will assist you through the steps involved in selecting your courses.

Course Descriptions: For July 2019 course descriptions please click here.

Disciplines included in the BU ‘Summer’ (July) sessions include:

  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Business and Management
  • Cultural Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Film and Television
  • General Education (GE)
  • Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Sustainability
  • Visual Arts
  • …and much more!

Boston University also offers a number of upper-level and graduate courses. These higher level courses will incur additional tuition fees. For further information, please contact CISaustralia.

Key to Course Levels:

  • 000-099 – Non-degree credit
  • 100-199 – Introductory or general undergraduate
  • 200-299 – Intermediate undergraduate
  • 300-499 – Advanced undergraduate
  • 500-599 – Advanced undergraduate, graduate
  • 600-799 – General graduate
  • 800-899 – Advanced graduate
  • 900-999 – Advanced graduate, directed study and research

Academic Requirement: To qualify students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement please contact us to discuss your situation. We will do what we can to find the right program for you.


Included in your program fees is one excursion led by your local CISaustralia Site Director. Past excursions have included the New England Aquarium and Boston Tea Party Museum.

Boston University Summer Term also organizes several activities and events for students to attend during their time at the University. Some examples are Red Sox games, outlet shopping trips and beach outings. BU has many student-run clubs on campus that often host events for students and allow students to get involved in.

The city is filled with National Historic Sites and some of the oldest streets, buildings, shops, and public gardens in the United States. Boston serves as a beacon of American history and growth. During your free time, you may also choose to visit the following on your own:

  • Boston Commons – The oldest city park in The United States! There are free events, excellent running paths and it’s a great place to relax in a busy city.
  • Faneuil Hall & Quincy Markets – Shops, restaurants and some of the best clam chowder in Boston. Set amongst the market is Faneuil Hall, one of Boston’s most historic and notable buildings.
  • New England Aquarium – Located near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, this aquarium has a plethora of animals, exhibits and events.
  • Fenway Park – The iconic and oldest baseball stadium in the US, Fenway is home to the Red Sox. No trip to Boston is complete without seeing a game.
  • House of Blues – An iconic centrepiece of the vibrant music scene in Boston. Be sure to go to a concert here and experience the amazing acoustics and intimate setting. Located across the street from Fenway, it’s in a great location.
  • Newbury Street and Back Bay – Newbury Street is Boston’s most enchanting street. It has all the latest fashion, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and theatres. Located in the Back Bay area, it’s near the water where you can grab a bite to eat and walk along the shore.
  • Beacon Hill – A historic neighbourhood in Boston near the Back Bay area. The neighbourhood is famous for its old style narrow streets, illuminated by gaslight torches and brick sidewalks.
  • Freedom Trail – A path winding through downtown Boston that passes by 16 historical locations significant to the history of the United States.
  • Boston Light – The second oldest lighthouse in the United States. It is a designated national Historic Landmark and there are tours available to visit the island and the inside of the lighthouse.


Boston University lies in the heart of one of the most dynamic cities in the world! The epicentre of New England, the city is a crossroads of ideas, cultures, opportunities and limitless experiences.

BU campus is only a short subway ride from all the biggest sports venues, restaurants, shopping and downtown areas. Every neighbourhood in the Greater Boston area has its own feel and unique and vibrant culture. Whatever you are looking for, you will be able to find it in Boston, from cultural events to the latest gallery exhibit and concerts galore!

Boston is full of history, and Bostonians are proud of the impact their city has had on the narrative of The United States. The regional clam chowder is a must while in Boston, as is a visit to the Boston Aquarium. The city has a fantastic mix of tourist attractions, local pubs and restaurants, world-class entertainment and city pride!

A few facts about the city of Boston:

  • The Boston Common is the oldest public park in the US. It’s been around since 1634!
  • The first US Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth, MA in 1621
  • The Boston University Bridge is a unique structure
  • Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, opened in 1912 and is the oldest baseball stadium still in use
  • Boston is home to 600,000 residents and over 250,000 students
  • Greater Boston is home to approx. 4.5 million residents
  • Many people from Boston are proud American Irish, and the Irish culture is pervasive in the city’s festivals, holidays and lifestyle
  • The Boston Cream Pie was invented in the city and is the Massachusetts State dessert – yum!
  • There is always something to do in Boston! It is small enough to walk around from one major attraction to the next, but large enough to be a centre of entertainment and culture

Kenmore Square – Home of BU

Located in the centre of the city, Kenmore Square is close to Fenway Park, shops, Boston nightlife and the subway station to get anywhere you need to. With such a central location, you will not miss out on anything Boston has to offer. As a result of its continual expansion and ever-growing student population, the University contains an array of architecturally diverse classrooms, halls and dormitories. This makes BU a gorgeous centrepiece of the city, and welcoming students to learn, while enjoying a tranquil atmosphere in a rather busy city.

Boston has a fantastic public transportation system of buses, subways and trains. It is easy to get from one side of town to the other, and with regular transport available to get out of the city, you have the opportunity to visit nearby cities, towns and states.

The University

BU has been a pillar in education and the Boston community since its establishment in 1839. In 2018, Boston University was ranked 37th of National Universities. It is an institution that takes pride in its diversity, innovation and research. The classroom is not only a place to learn at BU, it is a place to create and ignite students’ imaginations. There is no doubt that BU offers students the tools to excel and build!

BU is a university built on celebrated thinkers, extraordinary teaching and world class students. Students work alongside professors who have won Nobel Prizes, are poets laureate, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Fulbright Scholars and other prestigious honours.

While in class you might find yourself sitting next to a student that has interned at NASA, designed costumes for Broadway shows, received an Emmy nomination for their original composition, trained puppies to become guide dogs or sold hand planes made from repurposed wood for body surfing. The diverse and dynamic student population are a perfect showcase of the University.

The BU recreation centre or ‘FitRec’ is a perfect place to get in shape and have fun! The FitRec offers students dance classes, rock climbing, martial arts, yoga and pilates, just to name a few. They have on site pools, an ice rink (only in winter sorry!), a sports arena and they host events frequently. Due to their prime location near the Charles River, which flows through Boston, you will often see students training for their Rowing or Sailing teams.

The BU campus is in a superb location with accessible and economical transport available to explore the region. The campus is well maintained, the facilities world class and the student body welcoming. Situated right on the Charles River students will find the tranquillity of the water and proximity a fantastic perk of BU.

As a BU ‘summer’ (July) session student you have hundreds of academic courses to choose from, high standard accommodation and full access to the university facilities, including 24 libraries, 6 art galleries and theatres, a recreation centre and student union. Set in the centre of Boston you will always have something to do, a place to study, an enormous variety of food to try and people to meet.

With the University’s location in the heart of Boston there are multiple ATM and banking options, a post office, hair salon, multiple computer labs and several libraries – all just a short walk from your accommodation.

Wireless Internet access is available in all academic classrooms, dining facilities and undergraduate residences on-campus for users with an eligible BU Login ID and appropriate wireless network interface card. There is also cable TV and computer network connections in each room of the on-campus accommodation.

BU has a full-time, on-campus Police Department, that conduct campus patrols 24 hours a day, and spans over a 132 acre area of University-owned property. In the surrounding metropolitan area there is support from the Boston and Brookline Police Departments. There are also on-campus call boxes that serve as emergency locations for students to contact the police. The BU “TerrierCard” will be your personal security pass for getting into your residence hall.

BU has its own on-campus Health Centre for students. The Health Centre serves students through a range of programs and offers many resources like women’s health care, GP services, minor office procedures and nutritional services. Nearby there are several premier U.S. hospitals that can assist students and provide additional medical care.

Back Bay and Newbury Street are a short 15 minute walk from the Boston University campus. Fenway is just as close, and students can take a short 5 minute walk to find themselves at a game, and near the iconic House of Blues. The area around the University is focused on students, and will regularly offer deals and sales on food, shops and trips for students.

Your student ID is called a ‘TerrierCard’ and it is your passport to life at BU. It serves many purposes and the convenience of all the included features makes it a must-have necessity. You will receive this card once you arrive at BU.

‘TerrierCard’ features and functions include:

  • Official university ID
  • Pre-paid debit feature can be used for purchases at campus stores
  • Library card to check out materials and pay for copies and printing
  • Campus gym and recreational facilities pass (for a small additional fee per month)
  • Access card for on-campus housing residential buildings
  • Meal card for meal swipes at any of the residential restaurants in on-campus housing
  • Laundry card for all University housing facilities
  • Transportation card for BU Shuttle Bus transportation

Note: The terrier is the official mascot of BU! Try to see if you can grab a picture with him during an official BU event.


The university provides comfortably furnished dormitory-style and apartment-style accommodation within an easy walking distance of classrooms, libraries, recreational centres, and downtown Boston.

The on-campus accommodation is in a prime location – students love the atmosphere and ease of getting in and out of the city. Accommodation is offered on a first in best dressed scenario – so be sure to apply well ahead of our deadline so we can confirm your accommodation placement.

Students can choose from two accommodation options:

1. On-campus dormitory-style accommodation

Residence Hall rooms are shared by 2-3 students (per room). Single rooms are available for an additional fee. Please request upon application to the program. Each room includes a bed, desk, chair, dresser, cupboard and drawer space for each student. Students live on co-ed floors with designated male and female community restrooms with private showers located on each floor. There are also cable TV and computer network connections in each room. A refrigerator rental service is available to students when they arrive. A meal plan of 10 meals is included in your program fees for on-campus accommodation (only). There is a convenience store on campus as well to purchase other basic foods.

2. On-campus apartment-style accommodation 

Apartments often vary from one to six students per apartment (2-3 bedrooms), and can be single or shared rooms. There are an assortment of sizes and floor plans, but each apartment is fully furnished and comes with kitchen facilities, bathrooms and a shared common area. Rooms come with a bed, desk, chair, dresser, and cupboard and drawer space. Students are responsible for bringing or buying all their necessary bed linens, as well as kitchen utensils, cleaning items and bathroom supplies, which can often be split between flatmates. Students in apartment style residences have the option of purchasing a dining plan or supplying their own food.

There is a large ‘Bed, Bath and Beyond’ store close to campus (walking distance) that students can visit and obtain whatever they need in relation to towels, linen, pillows, etc.

Other Amenities

A refrigerator rental service is available to students when they arrive for on-campus accommodation. Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in several areas on-campus. If you choose to purchase a television, basic cable television service is provided to all rooms on-campus.

Dining Services

The fees for on-campus University dormitory style accommodation include meals (10 per week) at various student dining halls, which begin with dinner on the Sunday evening before classes start and end with breakfast on the last Saturday of check-out.


Smoking in on- and off-campus housing, classrooms and all campus facilities is prohibited.

Code of Conduct

All on-campus accommodation has a code of conduct that students must adhere to – this includes policies related to alcohol and drugs. Note: The USA has laws that mean students under the age of 21 are not legally allowed to drink. This naturally applies to on-campus accommodation.

Program Fee & Dates

July 2019: Session 1
Application Deadline25 March 2019
Arrival Date20 May 2019
Departure Date29 June 2019
Program Fee A$ 11,599 - 13,199
OS-HELP A$ 6,791
July 2019: Session 2
Application Deadline24 April 2019
Arrival Date30 June 2019
Departure Date10 August 2019
Program Fee A$ 11,599 - 13,199
OS-HELP A$ 6,791


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees – 6 week program (2 courses = 8 US credits)*
  • All additional BU registration, orientation and document fees
  • Accommodation for duration of program
  • All on-campus dormitory rooms have a built in meal plan of 10 meals per week**
  • Selected excursions and / or cultural activities
  • Health and medical insurance (if requested)
  • CISaustralia support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • On-campus internet
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Access to gym, pool, library, multiply eateries
  • Airport pickup
  • 24 / 7 on site support
  • BU official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

*CREDIT Note: Students could opt to undertake more than 8 US credits, however, there will be an additional tuition charge for this. CISaustralia would not recommend a study load any larger than 8 US credits (typically 2 courses) during your 6 week July in Boston program. Please note that additional lab, service fees and/or additional credit fees may apply to your Boston University enrolment in July. These fees will be charged by BU to CISaustralia, who will in turn pass these fees onto each CISaustralia student. Additional lab fees will not normally apply to standard courses in business or humanities. Additional fees could be applied for the following;

  • Students will be charged additional tuition fees for any additional credits studied over and above the standard 8 US credits for the CISaustralia July in Boston program, and / or
  • Laboratory fees that might be associated with lab classes. Lab fees are likely to exist for science, engineering (or similar) related courses. Lab fees are not included in the standard program fee and students might expect to pay an additional amount of approx. AUD$300 per course (fees fluctuate per course and are implemented by Boston University without discussion or negotiation).
  • Additional tuition fees may apply for courses considered postgraduate. These courses are generally indicated by the class number (500 or higher) and students can expect to pay an approx. amount of AUD$800 – AUD$1000 per course depending on which faculty the course is associated with.

Students are required to pay for any additional lab or credit fees, and will be invoiced by CISaustralia. For most courses students will be invoiced before the start of their program, however if students arrive to campus and add/drop courses before the deadline, fees could apply. Students should select courses carefully and note the US credit weighting for each course. The CISaustralia program to Boston in July only includes up to and including 8 US credits (normally 2 x 4 US credit courses). Students who choose courses with a higher US credit weighting, i.e. more than 8 US credits for two courses, will be charged at approx. $800 per additional US credit (pending current exchange rates). This fee can be calculated before the student arrives if more than 8 US Credits are chosen. This fee can also be calculated after the student’s first week at BU (the BU add / drop period) and CISaustralia will invoice all students directly after week one of the program for any additional US credits or lab fees. BU transcripts will be available once all fees have been paid in full to CISaustralia.

**MEALS Note: For those students staying in an on or off campus apartment, meal plans are available (10, 14 and 19 meals per week). For pricing or further information, contact your CISaustralia Program Advisor.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. 

Students should expect to pay approx. A$500 for their student visa, pending the exchange rate ($AUD to $USD). The visa fee of approx. A$500 includes 3 different components – a US Government visa application fee, a US Government Issuance Fee and the US Government ‘Student and Exchange Visitor Information System’ (SEVIS) fee. US Government student visa fees are regulated by the US Government and are subject to change without notice. CISaustralia cannot charge or collect fees for the US student visa.

Possible additional fees include: Laboratory Fee for science courses: approx. A$240. Replacement Fee (for ID card): approx. A$36. Late Payment of Fees: approx. A$90-360.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees and inclusions at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or changes made by our affiliates and partner universities.

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