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Study away and travel updates for COVID-19

June 5, 2020

Dear BOSP Autumn Quarter Program Participants and Families,

We write to share with you an important update about the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP). Given the uncertain nature of the global health crisis’s effect on public health and travel, Stanford has made the decision to suspend all BOSP autumn quarter study away programs. This decision took into consideration a number of factors including student health and safety; evolving travel restrictions; interruption of passport and visa issuance; our ability to support physical distancing; and the overall impact resuming program operations will have on the health and well-being of our staff, faculty, and local community partners.

This decision impacts autumn quarter programs in Australia, Berlin, Florence, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Madrid, New York, Oxford, Paris, and Santiago.

We know our students looked forward to a quarter of study away and we share in your disappointment. This has been an intensely challenging time for us all as we have had to adapt to a whole new way of learning and living.

Stanford remains deeply committed to global education and the academic mission of BOSP. The BOSP advising team is here to support you as you revise autumn plans and consider study away in a future quarter. We currently remain optimistic about the possibility of safely and responsibly resuming programs in winter, spring, and summer of the 2020-21 academic year. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide more information as it becomes available.  Please check the BOSP website directly for updates. 


Every Stanford undergraduate should give serious consideration to studying overseas. Regardless of the academic path you choose, you will be enriched by time spent in another country. Achieving cultural literacy and gaining substantive understanding of other perspectives in the world will deepen your awareness of yourself, your educational goals, and your own society. Nearly one-half of each graduating class studies abroad through one of Stanford's overseas programs.

In an effort to encourage students to study abroad, we have added an extensive list of overseas courses to the STS curriculum. View approved Bing courses and filter by concentration.

Bing Overseas Studies Programs


The Bing Stanford in Washington (BSIW) Program gives undergraduates an opportunity to study and learn in the nation's capital. Students are individually placed in a substantive internship that enables them to work closely with individuals in Washington's wide range of governmental, non-governmental and cultural organizations. Students also enroll in seminars taught by Stanford faculty and national policy experts. Learn more about the Stanford in Washington Program.


The Kyoto Program is designed for students with intellectual interests in the complex interplay between Japan’s distinctive blend of ancient and modern culture, the diverse challenges the country faces as a post-industrial nation surrounded by rising regional powers, and the way that Japan continues to innovate in the face of the forces of globalization.  The program also helps students understand the professional value of developing linguistic proficiency and cultural competencies that facilitate interaction in the Japanese culture while simultaneously complementing their technical abilities. Learn more about the Stanford in Kyoto Program.


The objective of the Santiago Program is to introduce students to the richness and diversity of Latin America. It seeks to familiarize students with the nuances of language, artistic expression, political culture, and environment that characterize the region, while also understanding the uniqueness of the nations in this part of the world. It also seeks to show how past and present can coexist, how legacies endure, and how modernity and innovation can thrive in a national context. Learn more about the Stanford in Santiago Program


“Principles of Biochemistry” is a course that will be taught in English, and will allow STEM students (which now includes STS) who thought that it may never be possible to study abroad to do so. Additionally, the French Language Prerequisite will be waived for winter quarter STEM students enrolling in this course. Exciting on-site internships related to STEM fields are offered year round as well, every quarter. Learn more about the Paris Overseas Program


See the Full list of Bing Overseas Studies Programs