2020-2021 FAQs

The Bing Overseas Studies Program is committed to the health and safety of our students as we continue to actively monitor the responses to COVID-19 within the U.S. and other BOSP program locations. Please direct any questions to: bospstudy@lists.stanford.edu, or +1 (650) 723-3558.

Full-time Enrolled

Students will have access to all quarter-length programs* and all services provided by BOSP. Full-term study away opportunities will be available when local conditions and regulations support program resumption.

Flex Term

Students will have access to short-term study abroad programs (fewer than 10 weeks in length) and internship programs. Short-term study abroad and internship opportunities will only be offered during Summer Quarter. Students can continue to access online resources and advising support from BOSP staff.

Leave of Absence

Students are not eligible to participate in BOSP programs while on leave of absence. Students can continue to access online resources and advising support from BOSP staff.

*Prerequisites may apply. See program webpages for details.


Enrollment Status Requirement

Enrolled full-time

Flex term

Leave of Absence

Program Type

Quarter-length academic programs (10 weeks)




Short-term academic programs (fewer than 10 weeks)




BOSP 10-week internship programs




  • Quarter-length Academic Programs

    Eligibility requirements for quarter-length academic programs (hosted at our program centers in Australia, Berlin, Cape Town, Florence, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Madrid, New York, Oxford, Paris, and Santiago) are unchanged. Students must abide by all terms of BOSP’s Participation Agreement and any Ground Rules, ensuring that they are enrolled full-time at each program as would normally be the case. Students on leave of absence are not eligible. Students on Flex Term are not eligible. No exceptions will be possible.

  • Short-term Academic Programs

    These programs include our Overseas Seminars as well as summer programs currently in development to be hosted at some BOSP centers. These programs will yield between 2-5 units of credit and will last fewer than 10 weeks. Students must be on a Flex Term to be eligible to participate. Students on a Leave of Absence are ineligible. Students enrolling full-time at Stanford during Summer Quarter are also ineligible. Students must abide by all terms of BOSP's Participation Agreemend and any Ground Rules. No exceptions are possible.

  • BOSP 10-week Internship Programs

    In line with other full-time Stanford-funded opportunities, students participating in BOSP internship programs* must be in a Flex Term and must have been enrolled full-time for at least two previous quarters during the academic year. Students on Leave of Absence are ineligible. Students enrolling full-time at Stanford during the quarter are ineligible. Additionally, our normal BOSP requirements for the Krupp Internship Program and the Japan summer internship program will apply. Students must abide by all terms of BOSP's Participation Agreement and any Ground Rules. No exceptions are possible.

    Prerequisites may apply. See program websites for details.

You may participate in quarter-length academic programs and short-term academic programs immediately following a leave of absence. However, BOSP asks you to connect with an Academic Advising Director (or Athletic Academic Resource Center Advisor) and with a Residence Dean during the application process. BOSP program applications are available to you during your leave of absence. If you plan to participate in a BOSP 10-week global internship program, you must have been enrolled at Stanford full-time for at least two previous quarters during the academic year. See program webpages for other participation requirements.

No. If you decide to reapply for a future BOSP program, your application will receive a preferred review and consideration. You will not, however, be guaranteed a spot in the same program. You can find information on our application cycles and deadlines here.

BOSP follows Stanford’s International Travel Policy, which outlines current restrictions to university sponsored travel. Further details are outlined on the COVID-19 Health Alerts webpage. Stanford’s highest priority is the health and safety of our students. As we consider study away programming and international travel, Stanford University and the Bing Overseas Studies Program continue to monitor public health and travel advisory guidance from local public health officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of State, and International SOS. Factors in assessing health and safety risk include, but are not limited to: International SOS assessment, availability and reliability of testing, vaccine status, potential for community spread, status of health infrastructure, entry restrictions, and feasibility of evacuation. Bing Overseas Studies Program viability decisions also take into consideration on-site resources and our ability to comply with local and Stanford COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

BOSP is closely monitoring home campus communications and decision-making impacting the 2020-21 academic year. Many of the concerns and constraints affecting home campus decisions also impact BOSP programs. As Stanford considers its pathway through the academic year, including plans for Summer Quarter 2020-21, BOSP may be required to consider possible changes to our program offerings including program suspensions.

Yes, under limited circumstances. Students participating in BOSP programs must enroll in a minimum of 12 units of coursework offered by the program on-site. Students in some programs are also eligible to enroll in one (1) SCPD course from a predetermined list of courses. Additional details on which courses SCPD will offer will not be available until April 2021. During Summer Quarter 2020-21, the ability to enroll in non-BOSP-related courses (as outlined above) is only available to students in Cape Town, Florence, New York, Oxford, and Santiago.

First, make sure you are completing all BOSP applications and participation requirements by the required deadlines. BOSP will outline the necessary steps so that you can prepare for participation and will alert you by email if there are any changes to our plans or processes. You should work with your academic advisor and/or department to create academic backup plans based on courses taught from the Stanford home campus. You should pay close attention to Stanford central communications surrounding plans for future quarters as there continue to be many unknowns and changing circumstances. BOSP will communicate with you primarily via email and you should closely monitor your Stanford email as we move forward.

Your University Bill and financial aid award will reflect your actual enrollment plans for that quarter. For any questions or concerns about your University Bill, you should contact the Student Services Center. You are welcome to address questions or concerns about your financial aid award to the Financial Aid Office.

BOSP staff members are always available to help address questions and concerns about our programs and processes. If you are feeling generally stressed out or anxious, we encourage you to reach out to Stanford’s many student resources including Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Residence Deans and/or your Academic Advising Director. You can find many more resources on Stanford’s COVID-19 Health Alerts webpage.

Summer 2020-21 FAQs

No, you may not apply for or transfer your enrollment to another program for Summer Quarter 2020-21. We encourage you to consider programs operating in future quarters, and to speak with your Academic Advisor and with BOSP about your plans. You can find information on our application cycles and deadlines here.

For the Academic Year 2020-21, Stanford students are expected to enroll full-time in three quarters. Students may participate in a BOSP quarter-length program during the summer as a fourth quarter during Academic Year 2020-21; but since this is an additional fully-enrolled quarter during the academic year, it will count as one of a student’s twelve (12) quarters of financial aid. Students considering this option are strongly encouraged to discuss their individual circumstances and the impact of this decision with the Financial Aid Office.

For all other BOSP summer programs (short-term academic programs and internship programs), students must use their Flex Term during the summer to be eligible to participate. No students may participate in BOSP programs during a leave of absence. No exceptions will be possible.

Quarter-length Academic Programs: For students who enroll in a BOSP quarter-length program in the Summer Quarter 2020-21 as one of their three quarters of enrollment, financial aid continues uninterrupted. The Financial Aid Office automatically adjusts aid packages in accordance with differences in travel and personal expenses while abroad. Students seeking to enroll in a summer quarter-length program as a 4th quarter of enrollment should contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss financial aid implications. Please consult the Financial Aid Office website for more details.

Short-term Academic Programs: BOSP offers financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office. More details are available on the Financial Information page.

BOSP Internship Programs: Please see program-specific details for the Krupp Internship Program in Germany and the Stanford program in Kyoto internships.

See the BOSP Financing Study Away page for more details.

Students may apply to one quarter-length program and one short-term academic program per application round. Some programs may hold a second round of applications depending on the number of applications received in the first round.

Yes, but you must postpone official graduation until AFTER the program has ended (usually Summer Quarter conferral, but sometimes Autumn Quarter conferral). No exceptions will be made. You may walk-through Commencement with the permission of your major department(s). International students should check with the Bechtel International Center to determine whether or not their status will allow them to postpone graduation to be enrolled in a course over the summer.

It depends. If you are co-term in Summer Quarter, but your undergraduate degree has not yet been conferred, you are eligible to participate in the program. If your undergraduate degree has been conferred, you are not eligible to participate under any circumstances. No exceptions are possible.

If you are currently waitlisted, know that we will ONLY accept students from the waitlist who have turned in all of their required materials, and who have completed the mandatory orientation requirements. Students who fail to do this will be administratively withdrawn from the waitlist. This will enable us to better prepare students for studying away, and will ensure fairness to other students on the waitlist who have completed all of these items. Students on the waitlist who have completed all of the necessary items above will be accepted into the program as soon as space becomes available (BOSP will contact you via email if a space becomes available), even on very short notice up until it becomes no longer possible to admit you to the program. Please understand that it is impossible for BOSP to predict whether you will be accepted into the program. Sometimes, spaces become available right after the withdrawal deadline for accepted students. You may remain on the waitlist for as long as you wish.

All participants are required to arrive at the program location on the scheduled arrival date/time and cannot depart earlier than the departure date/time. Student accommodation is arranged from the evening of the arrival date until the night prior to the departure date. Students who wish to arrive earlier at the program location or to stay beyond the duration of the program are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements at their own expense. Late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted under any circumstances; students who cannot agree to abide by the designated arrival and departure dates should seek alternative opportunities. Some programs may have restrictions on arriving early or staying late. More information regarding arrival and departure will be made available in the Spring Quarter orientation.