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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 Stanford-In programs, academic partnership programs, global seminars, internships and other experiential learning opportunities.


Stanford-In Programs

BOSP administers and operates quarter-length Stanford-In Programs in nine global locations. Prominent members of the local academic community and a Stanford faculty in residence teach courses in each BOSP global program. Students earn Stanford units towards graduation for all courses. These programs are managed onsite by dedicated Stanford staff members who coordinate academics, housing, excursions, and other program events and activities in conjunction with the BOSP home office.

Academic Partnership Programs

BOSP offers Academic Partnership Programs, in collaboration with carefully selected academic institutions. Students have the opportunity to spend the quarter fully immersed in the cultural and academic differences and nuances they will face at an institution abroad while earning Stanford units toward graduation for all courses. These programs are managed directly by onsite staff from our partner institutions, who have been contracted and trusted to coordinate program operations with input from BOSP. Students should expect an experience that is different from that provided by Stanford-In programs. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with a BOSP program advisor to discuss these differences in more detail.

Global Seminars

Global seminars 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.