For International Students

Information for International Students

Over the past 26 years, PROMYS has welcomed students and/or counselors from 48 countries. International students are welcome to apply for admission to PROMYS.  We have compiled a list of information that you may find useful.

Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships

  • Please see the Mehta Fellowships page for details of these full scholarships for low-income students from India.  Airfare is also included. 

Schedule  Conflicts 

  • Some international students face an overlap in PROMYS dates and secondary school dates. PROMYS is happy to speak to the schools of accepted students to assist in the resolution of such scheduling conflicts. 

English Language Competency

  • PROMYS lectures, discussions, and problem sets are in English. Applicants should possess English language skills which are strong enough to enable full participation.

Visa Information

  • PROMYS students are not enrolled in college courses at Boston University, so students come on a visitor’s visa, not a student visa (F-1).
  • If you let us know you need time to arrange a visa, we'll try to give you a swift admissions decision.

Being Met at the Airport

  • In the weeks leading up to PROMYS you will have the opportunity to request that a counselor meet you at the airport/station/terminal and accompany you to Boston University.

Health Care

  • Families are sometimes concerned lest their students visiting the U.S. should require health care here, which can be expensive. Boston University offers summer students temporary health insurance which covers major illnesses and accidents within the United States for the length of the student’s stay.

Financial Aid

  • PROMYS regrets that need-based financial aid is generally not available to international students unless they are U.S. citizens living abroad. International students may be eligible for merit scholarships, but these tend not to be very substantial.  However, European students are invited to apply for the CMI-PROMYS International Alliance Scholarships, which are not need-based and are full scholarships. 

Safety

  • It is obviously of central importance that everyone in the PROMYS community both be safe and feel safe. Participants are given contact numbers and informed of safety procedures. PROMYS is a tight-knit community, and students and counselors look out for each other. 
  • There is a curfew, so all students must be in the dorms by 11 p.m. on school nights and midnight on weekends.
  • There are security personnel at the dorm to make sure that no one who isn't supposed to be in the dorm gets in, and that everyone in the dorms follows the rules (including no boys in the girls' area of the dorm and vice versa).
  • Boston University requires all adults working with or supervising minors (children under the age of 18) to undergo a criminal and sexual offender background check. So all PROMYS counselors and faculty have passed a background check.

What to Bring to PROMYS

  •  PROMYS will send all participants a list of recommended items to bring to the program.