Reasons to Study at BHCC

International Students

We are a diverse institution 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. The College incorporates multicultural and international perspectives in its courses, programs and institutional climate.

Approximately sixty-one percent of BHCC students are people of color and more than fifty percent are women. There are nearly 600 international students who come from approximately 90 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 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 as well as a range of practical, academic, and personal services to our international student population. In addition, BHCC has taken steps to institutionalize internationalization. A focus that will provide faculty, staff and students the opportunity to develop knowledge, growth and push the boundaries of learning. Some of this will included these key areas: professional development for faculty and staff curriculum development including international focused events and faculty and staff exchange programs. 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 $5,200 per 12-credit semester.

Our classes are small

Because the average class size at BHCC is only 26 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 numerous programs of study in 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 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.

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 come from diverse backgrounds, 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.

“I am encouraging potential students to choose BHCC!  BHCC made me feel not lonely in the unknown city, and gave me support you couldn’t get when your family is abroad.  Advisors, professors and faculty members really cared for their student’s success and provided all resources they had! BHCC allowed me to build the important long-term professional and academic relationships. I easily transferred 60+ credits and got a scholarship at NEU. I felt the payoff with BHCC right away!” 

Maria Ivanova, Russia, Associate in Science Biology Transfer Option with High Honors, 2017

“Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) helps many realize their full potential; it strengthens one even as challenges come by. It makes one yearn for excellence more and more, indeed BHCC is a home to the international students.”

Druscilla Tenisha Namazzi, Uganda, Associate in Science Biotechnology Program 2016