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About the Bing Overseas Studies Program

The Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) offers the opportunity to study away 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 away 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 away centers, courses and financial aid will transition seamlessly for students who are awarded one of the semester spots at this program.

Short-Term Programs

Short-term faculty-led programs are exciting and rewarding ways to study away through BOSP. Taught and led by Stanford faculty, these 2-4 week programs, traditionally offered in the summer, are specifically designed to integrate course content and program location. Short-term locations and topics change annually, allowing BOSP to offer students a wealth of new study away opportunities 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.