For International Students

Information for International Students

In the years since its founding in 1989, PROMYS has welcomed students and/or counselors from around 50 countries. International students are welcome to apply for admission to PROMYS.  We have compiled a list of information that you may find useful. Some of this information is relevant only when PROMYS is running as an in-person program.

Mehta Fellowships and PROMYS India 

  • When it launches, as anticipated, in 2022, pre-university students in India will be able to apply to PROMYS India, a new PROMYS sister program at Ashoka University, in Sonepat, Haryana. In the meantime, students in India who need financial asssistance to attend PROMYS at Boston University, should apply for a Mehta Fellowship.
  • Thanks to funding from sponsors, all PROMYS India students in the first year of the program will be awarded a full scholarship. 
  • Students may apply either to PROMYS or PROMYS India. They may not apply to both for the same summer.


  • Pre-university students aged 16 and up who are ordinarily resident in Europe are eligible to apply to PROMYS Europe, a sister program of PROMYS at the University of Oxford.
  • Students may apply either to PROMYS or PROMYS Europe. They may not apply to both for the same summer.

Yongren (永仁) Fellowships for Students in China

  • Please visit this page for details of these full scholarships to PROMYS for students in China who might otherwise be unable to attend. Roundtrip travel and visa fees are also included when PROMYS is run as an in-person program at Boston University.

Breakout Fellowship

  • All applicants to PROMYS, both domestic and international, will be under consideration for a Breakout Fellowship, for which there is no separate application. Breakout Fellowships are full scholarships to PROMYS and cover tuition, room and board.

Spirit of Ramanujan Global STEM Talent Search

  • International applicants who need financial assistance to attend PROMYS may want to apply to the Spirit of Ramanujan Global STEM Talent Search which offers monetary grants of up to $5,000 to offset the costs of approved enrichment programs such as PROMYS.

English Language Competency

  • PROMYS lectures, discussions, and problem sets are in English. Applicants should possess English language skills which are strong enough to enable full participation.
  • PROMYS does not request TOEFL scores.

Financial Aid

  • Financial aid for international students is considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are an international student who requires financial aid to attend PROMYS, we encourage you to apply and submit a financial aid form.
  • If you are a student from China and need financial assistance, please apply for a Yongren Fellowship.
  • If you are a student in India and need financial assistance, please apply for a Mehta Fellowship

Visa Information

  • PROMYS students are not enrolled in college courses at Boston University, so students come on a visitor’s visa, not a student visa (F-1).

Schedule  Conflicts 

  • Some international students face an overlap in PROMYS dates and secondary school dates. PROMYS is happy to speak to the schools of accepted students to assist in the resolution of such scheduling conflicts. 

Being Met at the Airport

  • In the weeks leading up to PROMYS you will have the opportunity to request that a counselor meet you at the airport/station/terminal and accompany you to Boston University.

Health Care

  • Families are sometimes concerned lest their students visiting the U.S. should require health care here, which can be expensive. It is possible to buy temporary private health insurance which covers major illnesses and accidents within the United States for the length of the student’s stay.


  • It is obviously of central importance that everyone in the PROMYS community both be safe and feel safe. Participants are given contact numbers and informed of safety procedures. PROMYS is a tight-knit community, and students and counselors look out for each other. 
  • There is a curfew, so all students must be in the dorms by 11 p.m. on school nights and midnight on weekends.
  • There are security personnel at the dorm to make sure that no one who isn't supposed to be in the dorm gets in, and that everyone in the dorms follows the rules (including no boys in the girls' area of the dorm and vice versa).
  • Boston University requires all adults working with or supervising minors (children under the age of 18) to undergo a criminal and sexual offender background check. So all PROMYS counselors and faculty have passed a background check.

What to Bring to PROMYS

  •  PROMYS will send all participants a list of recommended items to bring to the program.