Lasell encourages students to explore international opportunities including a semester spent studying abroad at a foreign university, short-term faculty-led service learning projects, and international internships. International exposure and cross-cultural learning enrich the educational experience through knowledge of another country and culture. By studying abroad, students build confidence and gain a new perspective on the world and their place within it.

Lasell has more than 60 semester study abroad programs in over 30 countries that may include international internships, short-term international service-learning projects called the Shoulder-to-Shoulder program, and three domestic study away programs in Boston, Washington D.C. and Orlando, Florida. 

In order to make studying abroad accessible to all students, Lasell uses a home-school tuition model for semester abroad programs. Lasell students studying abroad for a semester pay tuition, fees, room and board to Lasell, and Lasell pays the study abroad program directly. However, there are a few study abroad programs that have a surcharge due to higher costs. Financial aid is awarded as if the student is on campus full-time and living in residence. Institutional (Lasell) financial aid as well as state and federal aid is available on the same basis.

Students are encouraged to discuss study abroad with their academic advisors, in addition to meeting with an advisor in the Office of International Education to find the best fit academically and personally for their study abroad experience. The staff in the Office of International Education will provide guidance on the study abroad process, information about additional scholarship opportunities, and can connect students with returned study abroad students called Global Ambassadors to receive peer-to-peer advice.

Once a student has made the decision to go abroad, a specific application process must be followed. Students must first indicate the approved program they are applying for and submit an online application to Lasell's Office of International Education. If accepted, the student will then apply directly to the study abroad program. The typical timing for semester-long study abroad is during the fall semester of the junior year. However, for most majors this is not the only semester students can study abroad. It is important students identify with their academic advisor which semester works best for their academic plan. Study abroad is not allowed during the first year or during a student's final semester at the University. Under certain circumstances, students with an exceptional academic record may be allowed to study abroad during their sophomore year, if this better fits the needs of their academic program, and if their academic advisor approves their application.

Only students with an overall GPA of 2.5 are allowed to study abroad; several programs abroad require a higher GPA than 2.5. Falling out of good academic standing after applying to a study abroad program renders students ineligible to study abroad, and students must then assume responsibility for any non-refundable costs that may have been incurred in setting up the experience. For more information, students should visit the Office of International Education on the 2nd floor of the Arnow Campus Center, schedule a Study Abroad appointment using Starfish, or contact the office by email at or phone at (617)-243-2398. See more information here