Academic scholarships

Campus Life

UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS

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

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.

Costs

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

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

  • City of Waltham Community Home Page
  • Greater Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Recreation
  • The Boston Globe
  • The Boston Phoenix
  • Boston Magazine
  • Logan International Airport
  • Public Transportation
  • Hostelling International

Scholarships for First Year Students

Academic Scholarships

Bentley University offers academic scholarships to First Year fall semester applicants based on academic achievement. All applicants for admission are considered and there is no separate application process. Students are notified of eligibility for academic scholarships at the time of admission.

Applicants who qualify for financial assistance will have scholarship funds incorporated into their need-based financial aid package. Academic scholarships are awarded only at the time of First Year admission and are not available to currently matriculated students.

Please visit Undergraduate Admission for more information.

Women’s Leadership Award and Program

Each year, Bentley selects a group of high-achieving students from the incoming First Year fall class for the Center for Women and Business (CWB) Women’s Leadership Program. This award recognizes women who have demonstrated strong leadership potential while in high school. Recipients will participate in a four-year leadership program that empowers young women with the essential skills, real-world experiences, and confidence needed to advance into leadership roles. CWB Leaders receive $10,000 per year. There is a separate application process and applications are due on January 7. For more information visit here. 

Bentley partners with RaiseMe to allow you to earn micro-scholarships that recognize your everyday achievements and allow you to start earning money for college beginning as early as the 9th grade. Eligibility for RaiseMe micro-scholarships is based on GPA and high school of attendance. Students from all US high schools and select international high schools can participate.

If you apply and are admitted to Bentley, your micro-scholarships earned through RaiseMe represent a minimum of grant and/or scholarship aid that you will receive from Bentley. These micro-scholarships are included as part of any scholarship or need-based aid offer (for US students). You may be eligible for additional aid based on your formal application for admission and financial aid application materials. Visit https://www.raise.me/join/bentley for more information.

Test Optional Policy for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Due to the disruption to test administrations for both the SAT and ACT, Bentley is temporarily suspending the application requirement for standardized test scores for first-year and transfer students applying for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. This applies to both domestic and international applicants.

You may choose to submit standardized test scores if you want them to be considered in the review for admission and scholarship programs. However, if you are not able to submit test scores, or choose not to, your application will not be disadvantaged. Test scores have always been just one of several factors taken into consideration in the admission decision. Your secondary school curriculum and the grades you earn carry more weight in the admission review process as they represent your achievements over a sustained period of time.

If you are a non-native English speaker, you will still be required to demonstrate English language proficiency through your results of the TOEFL, IELTS , Cambridge English Assessment or Duolingo exam; all of which offer online testing.

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. 

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 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.  

Graduate programs

McCallum Graduate School of Business

Bentley’s McCallum Graduate School of Business offers two master’s degrees, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Science. It also has PhD programs.

Bentley User Experience Degree (San Francisco)

The Masters of Human Factors in Information Design program is offered on the West Coast.

Students take four of the required courses in California, five courses online, and the 10th course at Bentley’s «User Experience Center».

The program was designed to accommodate the busy schedules of tech professionals and to draw students from a wide geographic area. Each course is delivered in an executive format: three class meetings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, followed by four weeks of faculty-monitored virtual teamwork, and closing with a Friday/Saturday meeting in the classroom.

Additional information about your application

Application Status

Once you have submitted your application, we’ll send you an ID number for BentleyConnect, our online portal, which you can use to check the status of your application.

Advanced Standing Credit

You may be able to accelerate your degree if you have earned advanced standing credit through a number of different options. 

Incoming first-year students may be able to transfer up to 30 credits in accordance with these policies.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

If you enrolled in AP classes in high school and took the official AP exam, we may award college credit for AP scores of 4 or 5 in most subjects other than Computer Science Principles, English, AP Seminar and AP Research. Official score reports must be received directly from the College Board. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

Credit may be awarded for International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level subjects when a score of 5 or better is earned on the official exam. Exam results must be received directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization. We do not award credit for any English, Business or Management courses/exams. 

College Credit

College courses taken at another college will be considered for credit under typical transfer credit guidelines.

Those guidelines include:

  • Courses did not count toward high school graduation requirements
  • Completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or non-U.S. institution recognized by the Ministry of Education
  • Equivalent to 3 or more semester credit hours
  • Final grade of C or higher

Please note that business courses taken in this context may not transfer due to our unique interdisciplinary general business core curriculum.

College courses taken at a high school or a location other than a college campus will not be considered for advanced standing credit.

Additional Examinations

If you are completing other curricula, you may be eligible to receive advanced standing credit depending on your official examination results, course syllabi and subjects taken. Credit may be awarded for the following programs (this list may not be exhaustive):

  • GCE Advanced-level examinations with a grade of C or better
  • German Abitur exams with a score of 7 or higher
  • Swiss Federal Maturite exams
  • French Baccalaureate exams with a coefficient of 4 or higher with a score of 11 or higher
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), the second year only
  • Singaporean Advanced-level exams
  • Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto  
  • Italian Maturita
  • Danish Studentereksamen
  • Canadian (Quebec) two-year CEGEP
  • Hong Kong HKALE
  • Lebanese Baccalaureate
  • Icelandic Studentsprof — Menntaskoli exams

Please note: College credit will not be given for CLEP/Excelsior (Credit by Exam or Prior Learning) exams.

A Special Note About English Coursework

The university has a very strong commitment to providing our students with opportunities to develop their communication skills. The written expression represents an important component of this effort, and serves as a critical foundation for students’ undergraduate studies as well as their future professional endeavors. To that end, all first-year students will be required to take two semesters of Expository Writing at Bentley. As a result:

  • Secondary school English courses/exams taken at an advanced level, such as AP, IB, A Level, German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, and CAPE, will not receive credit.
  • If a student takes an English Composition course at a college or university, s/he may be eligible for credit if the course does not count towards high school graduation requirements and if the course meets the aforementioned transfer credit guidelines.

Requirements and Deadlines

To apply for advanced standing credit, you must submit all credentials by October 15, 2019, if you are enrolling in the fall term. All test scores, transcripts and other information should be sent directly from the issuing institution to our office. If results are not in English, supporting translations are needed.

A maximum of 30 credits from all sources of advanced standing credit may be awarded.

Aid for Veterans

Yellow Ribbon Program

Bentley University is proud to support our veterans by participating in a number of VA education benefit programs, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, and others. Bentley is pleased to recognize the service and contributions of our veterans and their families by participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Each year Bentley offers ten $5,000 awards to undergraduate students and four $4,000 to graduate students. Students who meet eligibility requirements are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, complete the Bentley Yellow Ribbon application.

Veterans Benefits Transition Act Policy

Pursuant to Section 103 of the Veterans Benefits Transition Act, Bentley University permits any covered individuals (see below) to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date we receive the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Statement of Benefits and ending on the earlier of:
1)    The University receives payment from the VA; or
2)    90 days after the date the initial certification was submitted
Bentley University also will not impose any penalty for late payment — including late fees, denial of access to classes, libraries, or other facilities, or requirement that a covered individual borrow or finance additional funds to cover balances — due to delayed disbursement of funding from the VA under either the Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 programs. Bentley University may impose late fees on unresolved balances that are not covered by the Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 programs — i.e. housing, meal plan, tuition exceeding the student’s benefits coverage, etc.

A covered individual is a student who is the recipient of veterans benefits through either the Chapter 31 or 33 programs, whether the student be a veteran or the dependent of a veteran. In order to receive benefits, we require students to submit a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Statement of Benefits (found in the eBenefits website) as proof of eligibility for benefits. For Chapter 31 recipients, we may also accept a certification request from the student’s caseworker. We may also require additional documentation as necessary in order to properly assess and certify your enrollment.
 

Supporting Study Abroad Students

Writing student recommendations in the BentleyAbroad application system

As part of the application process for study abroad programs, students must request a recommendation from a faculty member. We appreciate faculty support in this process, as the recommendation is a vital part of our application review. Faculty recommendations may also be sent to our partner universities and affiliate programs as an application component.

Helpful tips for completing recommendations:

  • Faculty will receive an automatic email when the student initiates the recommendation request in the BentleyAbroad system. Follow the link and use the Recommendation ID provided in the email. It’s helpful to copy and paste the Recommendation ID.
  • Faculty may write one comprehensive recommendation instead of answering the individual questions. Please write the letter in the last recommendation question and answer «see below» in all previous questions.
  • Faculty have the option of logging in to BentleyAbroad with their Bentley credentials to access all pending recommendation requests, and view completed recommendations.
  • Please submit electronic recommendations unless a program specifically requests a hard copy letter. This allows us to have the information stored in our system, as well as the ability to submit the recommendation electronically to our partners.  Please note that in some rare instances a student may have access to their recommendation later in the study abroad process after acceptance decisions have been made if their program requires paper submissions of student records.

Approving courses at institutions abroad

When students wish to take courses at our partner/affiliate institutions, a department at Bentley must approve the course in order to grant credit. We have created a guide to help departments through the process of approving courses from abroad.

Faculty Resources

Propose a Faculty-Led International Course

The Cronin Office of International Education seeks globally-minded and culturally engaged full-time faculty members to lead a Faculty-Led International Course or Global Business Experience (GBE). These intensive 3-credit courses take place overseas during semester breaks, and typically run for 10-14 days. These courses are a fantastic way to further the global education of Bentley students. Faculty can adapt a current syllabus to include an international component, or create a new course. International Service-Learning course proposals are encouraged. The Cronin Office of International Education and the Bentley Service-Learning Center can support faculty to design a service-learning based international course experience.

To learn more about the proposal process, please click here. 

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. 

History

Bentley University was founded in 1917 as the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance by Harry C. Bentley, who served as the school’s president until 1953. In 1961, the college was accredited to confer four-year Bachelor of Science degrees under President Morison, who moved the college from its Boylston Street address in Boston to its current-day location in Waltham, Massachusetts. Gregory H. Adamian, a major driving force in the college’s development, became the fourth president in 1970. Under his guidance, the college became accredited to confer four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1971 and graduate degrees in 1973. During this time, the school also changed its name to Bentley College. In 2002, Bentley College opened up a campus in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain in partnership with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. The college was accredited to confer its first doctoral degrees in the fields of business and accountancy in 2005. A main fixture of the campus, The Bentley Library, underwent a sweeping renovation in 2006 during which time the school’s logo was changed to showcase the clock tower that sits atop the building. One year later, Gloria Cordes Larson, a former state and federal government official and Boston-based lawyer, became the first female president of Bentley College. In 2008, the school changed its name to Bentley University after being authorized by the state board of higher education to do so.Alison Davis-Blake, the former dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, became Bentley’s eighth president in July 2018.

More Than a Business Education

Bentley is more than just one of the nation’s top business schools. We’re a transformative living-learning community that prepares ethical students to use their business know-how to make a positive difference in the world. With a blend of business, technology and the arts and sciences, we provide students with critical thinking and practical skills to help them collaborate effectively in different settings and prepare them to lead successful, rewarding careers. If you’re interested in changing the world, we’d like to help. 

A Welcoming Community

Your education doesn’t stop at the classroom door. With a classic New England campus just minutes from Harvard Square and Boston, you’ll enjoy a beautiful setting and easy access to Boston’s professional networking and cultural opportunities. Seventy-eight percent of our students live on campus, creating a tight-knit bond among neighbors and classmates, and our 11-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that you’ll work directly with professors. You’ll be part of a welcoming, inclusive community that embraces diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

Exchange Partners

Australia
Bond University
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Austria
WU- Vienna University of Economics and Business

Brazil
University of Sao Paulo

Denmark
Copenhagen Business SchoolEngland
Warwick Business School
University of Leeds

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

Germany
University of Mannheim

Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong

Hungary
Corvinus University of Budapest

Korea
SolBridge International School of BusinessMorocco
Al Akhawayn University

Netherlands
Tilburg University
University of Leiden

Singapore
Nanyang Technological University- Nanyang Business School

Spain
ESADE
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

Switzerland
University of St. Gallen

Campus

In 1968, Bentley moved from downtown Boston to Waltham, Massachusetts to accommodate an increasing number of students. The first buildings on the Waltham campus were built between 1965 and 1968. Today, the campus stretches across 163 acres (0.66 km2) of land.

Bentley University’s campus is divided into three parts: Upper Campus, Lower Campus, and North Campus.

Upper Campus

Upper Campus contains most of the school’s academic buildings and all of its classrooms. It is located on the North side of Beaver Street. Upper campus also contains all three freshman dorms, a few upperclassman dorms, and the University’s bookstore.

Lower Campus

Lower Campus contains more upperclassman housing, the Dana Athletic Center, and the Multi-Purpose Arena. It is connected to upper campus via a bridge over Beaver Street. It is located on the South side of Beaver Street.

Bentley Library

North Campus

North Campus is located a half-mile north of the main entrance to Upper Campus on Forest Street. Transportation to and from North Campus is provided via shuttle bus. North Campus contains only residence hall buildings named: A, B, C and D. Residence halls A and B were opened in 2005 while C and D were opened in 2007, making North Campus the most recent addition to Bentley’s housing facilities. Each building has 3 floors and includes an elevator and 2 stairwells. Originally, North Campus was intended to be graduate student housing, but due to the sharp growth of enrollment it is occupied mostly by undergraduates.

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