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Boston College, a university located in the Boston suburb of Chestnut Hill, is home to over 350 international students. Boston College's 9,100 undergraduates come from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, leading to a vibrant and enriching campus atmosphere.

International Applicants

A student is considered an international applicant if he/she is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

Applying as an International Student

Our international students follow the same application requirements as our first-year or transfer applicants.

> Test Requirements

  • All international students must meet the same testing requirements as our first-year or transfer students.
  • We require the TOEFL examination or the IELTS for all international applicants whose primary native language is not English. If you attend a secondary school outside the U.S., we require that you submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Minimum scores of 100 on the iBT or 7.5 on the IELTS are recommended. Boston College's Institutional Testing Code is 3083. The Department Code is 00. A score of 600 or above on the SAT EBRW or 27 or better on the ACT English section waives the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • If you have attended a U.S. high school for at least three years, and you are enrolled in a traditional academic curriculum without ESOL coursework, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is not required. If you feel further evidence of your English skills will enhance your application, you are still welcome to send those test scores.

> InitialView Interviews

  • Students attending a national school in China are encouraged to schedule an interview with InitialView. While not required, a video interview allows candidates the opportunity to demonstrate English proficiency and communication skills to the Admission Committee. Applicants should complete their interviews by November 15 for Early Action and January 15 for Regular Decision.

Financial Aid

Boston College is unable to provide need-based financial aid to international students. Therefore, international students should be prepared to finance the full cost of their Boston College education. Visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page for international students to learn more about financing a Boston College education.


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Freshman Applicants

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Transfer Applicants