Study Abroad Overview

About the Bing Overseas Studies Program

The Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) offers the opportunity to study abroad while remaining enrolled at Stanford and is considered an integral part of the Stanford curriculum. The demographic breakdown of BOSP participants closely mirrors that of the entire Stanford population. Approximately 50 percent of each graduating class studies abroad on a BOSP program during their undergraduate career at Stanford. All BOSP programs offer direct Stanford credit for courses taught overseas that frequently count toward one or more majors. In addition, many BOSP courses fulfill Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing Requirements (WAYS). Regular tuition applies, and financial aid continues. BOSP operates a variety of programs, including quarter length programs, internships and other opportunities.

BOSP Mission Statement

To achieve the goals of educating students for global citizenship with the necessary competencies for negotiating and acting within a global horizon, BOSP offers rigorous academic and experiential programming, affording students an opportunity to be more reflective about the world and their place within it by:

  • teaching sensitivity to cultural and political differences through critical study of contemporary issues regionally and globally;
  • fostering student confidence in their ability to adapt to new challenges and diverse circumstances;
  • challenging students to deepen their language skills and cultural knowledge through cultural immersion;
  • teaching students to become more adept at cross-cultural communication and international problem solving;
  • offering students opportunities to connect what they learn in the classroom with other aspects of their lives and experience.

Students returning from overseas study begin to achieve that kind of integration. Our goal is to help students better achieve integration between their local ambitions and global aspirations, better prepared to meet the responsibilities of local, national, and global citizenship.

Programs

Quarter-Length Programs

Consortium Program

For twenty years, Stanford has been involved with the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. KCJS is an advanced study opportunity on Japanese language and culture, and takes place alongside our overseas study campus in Kyoto. This program is administered by Columbia University and brings together students from over 14 different American universities.

As with the Stanford-run study abroad campuses, courses and financial aid will transition seamlessly for students who are awarded one of the semester spots at this program.

Faculty-Led Programs

Overseas Seminars and Faculty-Initiated Programs are exciting and rewarding ways to engage in short-term study abroad through BOSP. Taught and led by Stanford faculty, these three or four-week programs are specifically designed to integrate course content and program location. Overseas Seminar locations and topics change annually, allowing BOSP to offer students a wealth of new study abroad opportunities each year. The Faculty-Initiated Programs benefit from sustained partnerships with other departments on campus and organizations or institutions overseas and may repeat each year.

Other Programs

Non-Stanford Study Abroad Opportunities refer to all short-term or year-long academic programs offered overseas by other U.S. higher education institutions, third-party providers or through direct enrollment in overseas institutions.