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Incoming Exchange Students

Incoming Exchange Students

Bentley University proudly hosts over one hundred exchange students each year from across the globe!  To find out if your university has a partnership with Bentley, please refer to the list of exchange partners below. 

Students from other institutions should visit the following page with information for Visiting Students from Non-Partner Schools.

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Exchange Partners

Bond University
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

WU- Vienna University of Economics and Business

University of Sao Paulo

Copenhagen Business School

Warwick Business School
University of Leeds

Audencia Nantes School of Management
Grenoble Ecole de Management
NEOMA Business School

University of Mannheim

Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong

Corvinus University of Budapest

SolBridge International School of Business

Al Akhawayn University

Tilburg University
University of Leiden

Nanyang Technological University- Nanyang Business School

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Universidad de Navarra- Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales & Facultad de Comunicación
Universidad Pontificia Comillas- ICADE & Facultad de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales

University of St. Gallen

Fact Sheets

Undergraduate Exchange Student Fact Sheet
Graduate Exchange Student Fact Sheet

Application Process

Step 1: Contact your home university's international office to be nominated to study at Bentley

  • Eligibility requirements are set by your home university.

Step 2: Complete the online application

  • Once nominated, you will receive an email with login instructions and information on how to access Bentley's online application. This information is only made available to nominated students.
  • You will be asked to provide profile information (addresses, contacts, and other information) and to upload a current transcript from your home institution (with English translation), a photocopy of your passport, and a digital photo of yourself. You will also need to complete a housing application.

Step 3: Financial documents

  • You will need to upload financial documents (bank verification required).  You will receive detailed instructions on how to do this.
  • Bentley will use these documents to process the legal paperwork required to obtain a student visa. Bentley will send this information and your official acceptance letter to the International Education advisor at your home university in ample time for you to obtain your visa. Fall term students will receive this material in late May. Spring term students will receive it in early November.

Step 4: Course registration

  • You will receive detailed instructions and dates for course registration.  You must register for courses during the designated period of several days (late Oct/early Nov for spring term and late March/early April for fall term).

Step 5: Arrival information

  • You will be asked to submit arrival information; it is due approximately two weeks before you arrive; we will notify you of the due date for this information.

Deadline for Completing Steps 1-5

Fall semester (September – December)

March - April (You will receive the exact dates via email.)

Spring semester (January – May)

September - October (You will receive the exact dates via email.)

Campus Life


Bentley offers many different housing facilities. Full descriptions of each housing facility can be found on the website of the Office of Residential Services.

  • Residence Halls contain bedrooms for one to three people with shared bathrooms for the entire floor.  Residence halls do not contain full kitchens, and students are required to purchase a meal plan.
  • Suites house two to eight people with shared bedrooms, common areas, and bathrooms. Suites do not contain full kitchens, and students are required to purchase a meal plan.
  • Apartments include bedrooms, common areas, kitchens, and bathrooms for two to five people. Students living in apartments can cook for themselves and are not required to purchase a meal plan.
  • Off-campus accommodation is available, however Bentley cannot assist you with finding this kind of housing. We recommend that exchange students live on-campus, because local transportation to campus is not readily available.

Note: Bentley will attempt to meet your housing preference but cannot guarantee that your preference will be available for the semester you are at Bentley. Linens and towels are not included in your room fee, but you will be given opportunities for shopping trips shortly after your arrival.


Graduate exchange students have the option to live on campus or search for their own housing off campus if they would like. Please keep in mind that Bentley will attempt to meet your housing preference but cannot guarantee that your preference will be available for the semester you are at Bentley. Linens and towels are not included in your room fee, but you will be given opportunities for shopping trips shortly after your arrival.

Meal Plans

Bentley offers the Super Value Meal Plan (unlimited visits to the cafeteria every day), the Value 17 Meal Plan, the Value 15 Meal Plan, and the Value 10 Meal Plan. Students assigned to residence halls or suites are required to purchase the Super Value, Value 17, or Value 15 Meal Plan. More information about the meal plans and the dining facilities on campus can be found on the Dining Services website. Please note that meal plan costs are updated once per year; it is possible that the Dining Services website will not yet reflect exact fees for the semester you will be here. The Exchange Student Fees section of our website provides a range of meal plan costs, for planning purposes.


The cost for housing placements can vary greatly depending on the specific circumstances of a room or apartment. Placements in apartments and with fewer roommates are more expensive options. Please consult the Residential and Dining Services websites listed above for more detailed cost information.

Student Life and Resources

Bentley offers a variety of on-campus activities, programs, and services to all students. International exchange students are encouraged to attend events, utilize services, and join organizations that are of interest to them.  Refer to the Campus Life website for full details.

Center for International Students and Scholars

CISS provides a variety of services by facilitating the integration of international students and scholars into the Bentley community.  These services include immigration counseling, cultural adjustment programming, personal assistance/counseling, and intercultural programs. All questions about visas and DS-2019 forms should be directed to CISS.

International Organizations

There are a number of international organizations at Bentley. Please link to Cultural Awareness Organizations to learn more about them.

Computer Resources

Exchange students must bring their own laptop to Bentley.  As soon as you arrive on campus, you will receive instructions and assistance in configuring your laptop.

Health Services

The Health Services Office at Bentley is available to answer any questions you may have about your medical status while at Bentley. You will be asked to complete a Health Form and submit it to Bentley before arrival. If you have any questions about this form or other health concerns, please contact Kerry Hughes via email.

All exchange students are required to enroll in and pay for the Bentley Health Insurance Plan. You will be automatically enrolled in the Plan.

Waltham and the Greater Boston Area

Dates and Arrival Information

Fall semester: September – December
Mandatory Orientation: Late August

Spring semester: January – May
Mandatory Orientation: Mid-January

Students are required to be present for orientation and through the completion of all exams at the end of the semester. Students arriving early will not have access to on-campus housing until the specified move-in date. Students arriving before the specified arrival dates will be required to find temporary accommodation in the area. Similarly, students cannot remain at Bentley beyond the return date, as the dormitories close. Your J-1 student visa will allow you to arrive in the US within 30 days of the first day of class, NOT within 30 days of Orientation.

Fall 2020 *Tentative, subject to change

Arrive On:

Undergrad: August 19, 2020

Grad: August 22, 2020

Mandatory Orientation:

Undergrad: August 20-23, 2020

Grad: August 23, 2020

Classes Begin: August 24, 2020
Labor Day: September 7, 2020
October Break: October 10-12, 2020
Thanksgiving Break: November 25-29, 2020
Final Exams: December 9-16, 2020

Spring 2021 *Tentative, subject to change

Arrive On:

Undergrad: January 8, 2021

Grad: January 9, 2021

Mandatory Orientation:

Undergrad: January 9-10, 2021

Grad: January 10, 2021

Classes Begin: Monday, January 11, 2021
Extra Day of Class: None currently scheduled-subject to change
Presidents Day - CLASSES HELD: Monday, February 15, 2021
Spring Break: March 6-March 14, 2021
Patriots Day - EVENING CLASSES HELD: April 19, 2021
Monday Classes HELD: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Final Exams: April 28-May 8, 2021

Arrival Information

All exchange students must complete the Arrival Information Form by logging back in to the application system before arriving on campus. The form is due 2 weeks before the arrival date.

When making flight arrangements, please remember that Logan International Airport in Boston, MA, is the closest airport to Bentley. 


We at Bentley are always happy to answer your questions if you contact us. However, most often your questions will be answered in emails that we send you throughout the months before you come to Bentley or by consulting our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) listed below.  Please review them before emailing us, and thanks!

Application and Login

I hope to study at Bentley for a semester or full year. How do I apply?

Please contact the study abroad office at your home university to determine your eligibility to participate in our exchange program. If you meet your home institution’s criteria, a study abroad advisor will nominate you to Bentley. After we receive your nomination, we will create your online application and send you instructions on how to submit forms, answer questions and complete other activities in preparation for studying at Bentley.

I am having trouble logging into the BentleyAbroad system. Am I doing something wrong?

There could be several reasons you are having trouble:

  1. You might be trying to login with your Bentley email instead of your home institution or personal email. Be sure to use either your home institution or personal email – whichever you used when you first began your Bentley online application.
  2. Sometimes the BentleyAbroad system goes offline. In this case, please wait a little while and try to login again.
  3. Sometimes switching to a different internet browser (for example, Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer) helps.
  4. It is very easy to reset your password by following the link on the screen and having a new one sent to you via email.

I am having trouble logging into MyBentley. Am I doing something wrong?

You might be having trouble because:

  1. You are trying to login with your home school or personal email instead of your Bentley email. Be sure to login to MyBentley with your Bentley email and password.
  2. The MyBentley system has gone offline. In this case, please wait a little while and try to login again.

Academics and Course Selection

I’m eager to register for courses. When can I do so?

About mid-way through the semester before you arrive at Bentley, we will send you detailed course registration instructions. These instructions will include specific dates (two to four days) during which you must register for courses in order to obtain your top choices. Please carefully follow our instructions when you receive them.

How can I learn more about Bentley courses and obtain syllabi for the courses I’m interested in taking?

You can obtain course information in two ways:

  1. Review the Registrar’s undergraduate course descriptions.
  2. Link to Bentley Blackboard and choose Guest Access. Next, open the black Courses tab, which will provide access to most course syllabi. 

Please note that all courses are not offered every semester. You will be able to determine whether a specific course is available once that semester’s courses are posted on the Registrar’s website. Courses are usually posted shortly before you register for classes. If you are unable to find the syllabi for courses on Blackboard, please email the department chairperson or designee explaining that you are an exchange student interested in studying at Bentley for the _______ semester and that you would like to determine whether you are eligible to receive credit from your home university for those courses.

How do I determine whether I have fulfilled prerequisites for a course I plan to take at Bentley?

First, link to the course description page on our Registrar’s website. Each course description lists the prerequisites, if any exist.  To better understand the content of any course, please link to Bentley Blackboard, select Guest Access, then select the Courses tab, and search for syllabi listed in the folders displayed. Since all courses are not offered every semester, you might need to search more than one folder to find a syllabus. If necessary, please consult with your home university advisor after reviewing the resources described above.

Does Bentley require exchange students to enroll in certain courses?

No, provided that you receive approval from your home university you are eligible to register for any undergraduate class. The following exceptions apply: 

  • Courses marked “Honors Program Only” are specifically reserved for Bentley students enrolled in the Honors Program. Exchange students are unable to register for these courses.
  • ​“Service-Learning 4th-Credit Option” means that once you are at Bentley and attending class, you will have the option to add one credit to your course, making it worth 4 credits. This credit will require you to complete a service project which will be one additional hour of time each week.
  • Example: “Fusion Course with CIN375 and FN1. Must register for both.” means that students must enroll in both courses.

Can I change courses when I arrive at Bentley?

Yes, there is an ADD/DROP period during the first week of the semester. However, during the ADD/DROP period some classes are already fully enrolled and therefore no longer available; thus, it is best to carefully choose your courses during the course registration period.

Why can't I register into some courses?

Sometimes courses fill up quickly and students are unable to register for them. These are listed as CL (closed) or WL (waitlisted). Exchange students can contact the professor of the course directly to request that they be put on the waitlist, but in the meantime students will need to register for either four or five courses to maintain their full time student status.

Can I take graduate courses?

Undergraduate exchange students may only enroll in undergraduate courses at Bentley. Graduate students may only enroll in graduate courses. 

How many courses should I take while at Bentley?

Five 3-credit courses per term are considered a full load at Bentley, and we recommend that you enroll in this number of courses. You must enroll in a minimum of four 3-credit courses while at Bentley. While we do not recommend doing so, you may enroll in six courses; if you choose to do so, you must wait and add the sixth course during the Add/Drop period held during the first week of each term; please note that many courses will be full and thus “closed” during the Add/Drop week, therefore you should select your highest priority courses during the online registration period. More information about courses, credits, and academics is available on the Registrar's website.

What is Bentley’s grading scale?

Please see the Registrar’s website to view a grading scale.

How can I obtain a transcript at the end of my term at Bentley?

Bentley will mail two copies of your transcript to your home institution within a few weeks after you complete your Bentley final examinations and Exchange Evaluation. If you want more “official” copies, you can complete the Transcript Request Form on the Registrar's website.

Why doesn’t Blackboard list all of my courses?

To locate an accurate list of courses in which you are enrolled, please use MyBentley. Blackboard often provides incomplete information because faculty members might or might not choose to utilize Blackboard for course information.  

Living on Campus

I am used to apartment living at my home university and don’t know much about dorm living.  What should I expect?

At most US colleges and universities, including Bentley, dormitory living is an integral part of the student experience. So, if you want a true US student experience, we recommend that you embrace this living style for the semester you are with us!

For specific information about Bentley’s living options, please see the Residential Center website.

For general information about housing costs, please see our Exchange Student website. To see housing costs displayed for specific dormitories, please link to Residential Center Housing Rates

One of the forms you will complete on our BentleyAbroad system is a housing questionnaire. Reviewing the options on the above links might help you complete the questionnaire. While we do our best to accommodate your requests, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your first choice of housing. Again, please remember that this is part of the US student experience!

Here is some general information that might help you prepare for dorm life…


  • Dorm life means you’ll be close to everything you need on campus – classes, food, library, faculty offices, athletic facilities, etc.
  • Since a meal plan is included with Bentley housing, you don’t need to shop for food or cook your meals. This can be a nice change of pace during the semester you spend with us! (Remember, a meal plan is mandatory unless you are placed in an apartment – please link to the Residential Center for more details.)
  • Dorm living makes it easy to meet people. Hopefully, you’ll make friends, find people to eat with, collaborate creatively and academically, and share your ups and downs with roommates and hall mates.


  • You might find that all the dorm socializing makes studying challenging. If so, consider going to the library or another quiet place. 
  • Living in a relatively small space with many different personalities can lead to understandable conflicts, but learning to resolve them is part of the student life experience. If conflicts become difficult to resolve, residence directors and other professional residence life staff can help.


  • Remember that your living situation while at Bentley, whether it is your first choice or not, will last for only a few months. Try to be flexible and open-minded about your surroundings and your roommates, especially when you first arrive and might be feeling tired, homesick and unfamiliar with your new environment.
  • Consider discussing and agreeing upon “rules” with your roommates, hall mates, or suite-mates. Consider…How late is music played? How often and how late is a TV left on? Cleaning? Visitors – daily and overnight? Sharing food and other belongings? Decorations?
  • Keep an open dialogue with your roommates and maintain respect for one another. Remember that what seems normal to you might annoy your roommate and vice versa!

Can I store my suitcase and other belongings at Bentley before arriving on campus or after departing?

Unfortunately, Bentley is unable to accommodate storage requests for any student belongings.

Can I stay in the dorms before or after the official arrival date?

Unfortunately, you may not arrive in the dorms before your official arrival date or stay later. If you wish to spend time in Boston before or after your exchange period, you should find a hotel or other accommodation.

Do I have to get a meal plan, and how much will it cost?

You must obtain a meal plan unless you live in an apartment. Click here for detailed meal plan prices for the 2019/20 academic year. 

Do I have to purchase health insurance?

Yes, Bentley requires all international students to purchase our group insurance plan. Massachusetts law states that all full time students must have an American insurance plan. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. During First Week/Orientation, a professional from Bentley’s Center for Health and Wellness will speak with you about health insurance and other health-related matters. In the meantime, you can learn more at Bentley's Center for Health and Wellness.

What is the Global Living Center?

The Global Living Center (GLC) is a residential living community that offers the opportunity to connect with peers from around the world and to learn about different cultures. Programs and events are designed to bring you together with other students to discuss international issues, learn about the world economy, and share your own diverse experiences and ideas. The GLC, located in the Orchard North Apartments, is able to offer housing to several exchange students each semester. If you are interested in living in the Global Living Center, please indicate so in question #5 in the online housing application.


How much will it cost me to attend Bentley and how can I pay my bill?

You can find the fees you will be charged on our Exchange Student website. Please note that Bentley tuition is waived for all exchange students. You will be responsible for housing, meal plan, health insurance, activity, and technology fees.

Since final costs will vary based on your room assignment and meal plan, please do NOT pay your balance before arriving at Bentley. Once you have been placed in your actual dorm room, Student Financial Services will generate an email to your Bentley email address notifying you that your e-bill is ready to be viewed. The balance must be settled in full within the first two weeks of the semester. We hope that you will find the wire transfer method through our Flywire system easy and cost effectiveAdditional information about Flywire and other payment options is located on the Student Financial Services website.

How much will a meal plan cost?

Please refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate Fact Sheet.

How much will health insurance cost?

Please refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate Fact Sheet

Visa Information

How do I obtain a Student Visa?

During the semester before you arrive at Bentley, we will provide you with specific instructions on how to upload a copy of your passport and how to prepare and upload financial documentation to our BentleyAbroad application system.  Soon after you upload your financial documents, we will send your official Bentley acceptance package to your home institution. The package will will include an acceptance letter, a DS-2019 form, and visa application instructions. You will use this material to obtain your J-1 student visa at a US consulate or embassy in your home country. Please visit our CISS website for more general international student/visa information, but note that some information on this site pertains to full-time international students at Bentley.

I hold passports from more than one country. How should I handle this when applying for a visa?

Please choose only one country/passport and upload that passport to our BentleyAbroad system. Please see our CISS website for more general international student/visa information, but note that some information on this site pertains to full-time international students at Bentley. 

I plan to travel with my student visa (J-1) in the US before my Bentley semester begins. How soon before the semester begins can I arrive in the US?

In order to study as an exchange student for the semester at Bentley, you will obtain DS-2019 paperwork and a J-1 visa. This DS-2019 and J-1 visa allow you to arrive in the US up to one month before classes begin (NOT one month before your arrival/orientation!).  Please link to Dates and Arrival Information on our Exchange Student website for important dates regarding the semester you will attend Bentley. Please see our CISS website for more general international student/visa information, but note that some information on this site pertains to full-time international students at Bentley.

I plan to travel in the US with a tourist visa (B) before my Bentley semester begins. Can I stay in the US, using my J-1 student visa, after traveling as a tourist beforehand?

If you are already in the US on a B tourist visa before the term begins, you must leave and re-enter the US using your J-1 student visa before your exchange periods begins. Regardless of when you leave the US you must re-enter no earlier than 30 days before the start of classes (not the start of orientation!). It does not matter what country you visit in order to leave and re-enter the US (Canada is fine). You just must ensure that you re-enter the US with a valid visa status (J-1). Please see our CISS website for more general international student/visa information, but note that some information on this site pertains to full-time international students at Bentley.

I plan to travel in the US after my Bentley semester ends. How long can I stay in the US?

You are allowed to stay in the US for a period of one month after the end date on your DS-2019 form. Please link to our CISS website for more general international student/visa information, but note that some information on this site pertains to full-time international students at Bentley.

Arrival and Departure

When must I arrive at Bentley?

All exchange students must arrive at Bentley on the designated arrival date/in time for the start of the mandatory First Week/Orientation. Please try to arrive during business hours (9 am - 5 pm). Please link to Dates and Arrival Information on our Exchange Student website for important dates.

When must I leave Bentley?

All exchange students must depart from Bentley’s campus at the end of the semester, after completing finals. (There is a small chance that you may leave earlier if you wish to do so; this possible option depends on your finals schedule, which is announced about one month before the end of each semester. If you want the option of departing before the final date posted for departure, please do NOT book travel before your finals schedule is announced. Please link to Dates and Arrival Information on our Exchange Student website for important dates.

Other Questions

Where can I find more information for international students?

Links to “Academic Programs” and “Campus Life” on Bentley’s homepage might be particularly interesting and relevant as well as a public transportation guide to Bentley University from various locations in Boston.