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BOSP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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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:, or +1 (650) 723-3558.


Can I participate in a BOSP program if I’ve been on a leave of absence during the previous quarter(s)?

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 Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD) during the application process. BOSP program applications are available to you during your leave of absence. See program webpages for other participation requirements.

Can I defer my participation to a future quarter?

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.

How does Stanford determine when to suspend BOSP programs?

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, vaccination rates, 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.

How are the operational plans at Stanford’s home campus affecting BOSP program decisions?

BOSP is closely monitoring communications and decision-making impacting home campus operations. Some of the concerns and constraints affecting home campus decisions also impact BOSP programs. As Stanford considers its pathway moving forward, including plans for future programs, BOSP may be required to consider possible changes to our program offerings including program suspensions.

While participating in BOSP programs, can I enroll remotely in courses taught by the home campus?

Yes, under limited circumstances. Students participating in BOSP quarter-length 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 is available on the BOSP website at  During Summer Quarter 2021-22, the ability to enroll in non-BOSP-related courses (as outlined above) is only available to students in Cape Town and Santiago. 

Given the continuing uncertainty, how should I prepare for my chosen study away quarter?

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.

If my program is suspended, how will this affect my financial aid or University Bill for that quarter?

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.

I’m feeling anxious about the planning process. Whom can I speak with?

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), support staff within your residential neighborhood, and/or your Undergraduate Advising Director (UAD). You can find many more resources on Stanford’s COVID-19 Health Alerts webpage.