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 General Education Requirements. 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.

Overseas Seminars

Overseas Seminars are three-week courses where 12-16 students are led by faculty members to the far reaches of the earth. These intensive academic experiences are treasured among Stanford undergraduates, as they do not interrupt the Academic Calendar. Seminar locations and topics change each year.

Other Programs

Bio-Cultural Diversity and Community-Based Conservation in Oaxaca is an interdisciplinary seminar in which two major areas of study will be emphasized: biological sciences (ecology) and culture (the human dimensions of conservation and use of natural resources based on indigenous traditional knowledge).

Community Health in Oaxaca is a unique community engaged learning program that will provide students with a deep understanding of the social, economic, and cultural factors impacting the health of Mexicans and Mexican im/migrants to the United States.

Community, Health & Learning Through Service in Sri Lanka is a community engaged learning program that will address pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges facing people living in Sri Lanka, together with a community partner that has experience at multiple levels in the country.

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.