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While on an Overseas Studies Program, you are still a Stanford student. As such, you have many of the same resources available to you while abroad that are available to students on the home campus. You must also keep in mind that the same Stanford policies, such as the Honor Code and the Fundamental Standard, apply to you while on your program.


Registration as a student constitutes a commitment by the student to abide by University policies, rules, and regulations, including those concerning registration, academic performance, student conduct, health and safety, use of the libraries and computing resources, operation of vehicles on camps, University facilities, and the payment of fees and assessments.

Students should take responsibility for informing themselves of applicable University policies, rules, and regulations. A collection is available on the Stanford University policy website.

BOSP Participation Agreement and Contract

Be sure to review the Bing Overseas Studies Program Participation Agreement & Contract before going abroad. It includes important information about the obligations and responsibilities you assume when you are accepted to or waitlisted for a Bing Overseas Studies Program.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

It is a guiding principle at Stanford that, as adults, students are able to manage their own affairs, including decisions and responsibilities around academic, financial, and personal issues. BOSP complies with federal law regarding students’ privacy (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), which means that we communicate directly with you, the student, and cannot discuss any details about your overseas experience with your parents.

Fundamental Standard

The Fundamental Standard has set the standard of conduct for students at Stanford since 1896. It states:

“Students at Stanford are expected to show both within and without the University such respect for order, morality, personal honor and the rights of others as is demanded of good citizens. Failure to do this will be sufficient cause for removal from the University.”

Honor Code

The Honor Code is the University’s statement on academic integrity. Written by students in 1921, it articulates University expectations of students and faculty in establishing and maintaining the highest standards in academic work.

The Honor Code is an undertaking of the students, individually and collectively:

  • that they will not give or receive aid in examinations; that they will not give or receive unpermitted aid in class work, in the preparation of reports, or in any other work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of grading.
  • that they will do their share and take an active part in seeing to it that others as well as themselves uphold the spirit and letter of the Honor Code.
  • the faculty on its part manifests its confidence in the honor of its students by refraining from proctoring examinations and from taking unusual and unreasonable precautions to prevent the forms of dishonesty mentioned above. The faculty will also avoid, as far as practicable, academic procedures that create temptations to violate the Honor Code.

While the faculty alone has the right and obligation to set academic requirements, the students and faculty will work together to establish optimal conditions for honorable academic work.

Computing Policies

  • BOSP provides internet access at each location.
  • It is the responsibility of each BOSP participant to use these services appropriately and in compliance with all Stanford, city, county, state, federal, and international laws and regulations.
  • The Stanford Computing and Network Policy describes in detail the overall university policies, scope, applicability, responsibilities, and consequences.