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.


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.