Reasons to Study at BHCC

International Students

We are committed to global learning
One of the most diverse colleges in Massachusetts, Bunker Hill Community College values the worldwide perspective our international students bring to our community and has incorporated this perspective into our courses, program, and activities. 

Approximately sixty-seven percent of BHCC students are people of color and more than fifty percent are women. There are more than 800 international students who come from approximately 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages, making BHCC one of the most cosmopolitan institutions of higher education in New England. We also provide scholarships for students to travel and study abroad. The college is a member of many international organizations, including the Massachusetts Council on International Education, the American Council on Intercultural Education, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. We encourage all our students to learn more about global issues beyond the international student population.

We have demonstrated our commitment to global learning by establishing our International Center.
The International Center is the focal point for all international programs and services, offering a variety of international and intercultural programs to all BHCC students, faculty, and staff as well as a range of practical, academic, and personal services to our international student population. The Center was awarded the International Intercultural Achievement Award by the American Council for International Intercultural Education in recognition of the quality of our international programs.

We are affordable. 
We offer a quality, affordable education for international students. The cost of tuition is approximately $4,000 per 12-credit semester.

Our classes are small. 
Because the average class size at BHCC is only 19 students, faculty are able to devote more individual attention to those students they teach and advise.

We offer flexibility in our course selections. 
Students can attend classes on our main campus, which is situated in the historic Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. A second campus is located in nearby Chelsea, Massachusetts; satellites are located in the communities of Somerville, East Boston and Boston's South End. We also offer day, evening, and weekend classes, web-based instruction, and self-paced learning programs. Students may combine some of these options to develop a schedule that meets their needs. We also offer international students transfer credit from other colleges, life-experience credit, and college-level proficiency exams in many subjects.

We provide many opportunities for academic excellence. 
Founded in 1973 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, BHCC enrolls more than 14,000 students in day, evening, late-night, midnight, weekend, web-based and distance learning courses and programs each semester. The College offers more than 100 certificate and degree programs that prepare students for successful employment and transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Internationally recognized for the development of individualized and alternative methods of instruction, BHCC is a leader in learning communities and distance learning technologies that enhance and strengthen the learning environment. The College also has extensive course offerings in English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education. 

Bunker Hill Community College is accessible in many ways. 
Boston is home to more international students than any other city in the world, and we make it easy for you to apply to and attend college here. Our admissions process is easy and our staff is friendly and helpful; our main campus, minutes away from Logan Airport, is safe, well-lit, readily accessible by public transportation, and offers reasonably priced student parking; and we offer many flexible learning options, both on-line and at our two campuses and three satellite locations.


Bunker Hill Community College is diverse.
The college is diverse linguistically, ethnically, racially, economically, and with regard to age and education level. Approximately sixty-seven percent of BHCC students are people of color and more than fifty percent are women. The College incorporates multicultural and international perspectives in its courses, programs and institutional climate. There are more than 800 international students who come from approximately 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages, making BHCC one of the most cosmopolitan institutions of higher education in New England. The College also has one of the state's largest course offerings in English as a Second Language. A representative list of the native languages spoken by students includes Arabic, Chinese, Creole, French, Haitian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to student success and are educators of distinction. 
Bunker Hill Community College faculty and staff are competent, caring, and culturally aware professionals who welcome the vitality that international students bring with them into the classroom. Most of our faculty and staff hold masters' degrees; many hold doctoral degrees. They regularly take advantage of professional training opportunities in their fields.

International students report a high level of satisfaction with the Bunker Hill Community College experience.