Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute


Our Boston University (BU) workshop has three different sessions throughout the summer and is located on BU’s campus in the heart of Boston. Most of the students who attend our program love living and being part of an urban college setting. Students have the opportunity to learn more about the BU Terrier life, explore the College of Communication (COM), one of the top 30 communication and journalism schools in the country.

The Boston University sessions accommodate up to 45 students per session. There are two morning instructors to teach writing and three newsroom editors for the afternoon.

All events and activities are arranged by NECIR. In the past students have visited the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Fenway Park, Harvard University and other surrounding colleges in the area, and more.


Our bonus session at Boston College offers students an opportunity to explore a college just outside the city. Boston College is well known for its scenic views of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir and its close-knit community. If Boston College (BC) is a college you are thinking about applying to or want to explore, our two-week session offers you a chance to experience the BC Eagle life.

This session accommodates up to 20 students. This session will have one morning instructor to teach writing and one newsroom editor in the afternoon.

Evening events and activities are handled by the Boston College staff. Some of the student activities held in the past have been Scavenger Hunts, Waffle Night, etc. For more questions regarding activities, room and board, contact

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 workshop! We accept applications on rolling basis, but applications must be received two weeks prior to the start date of each pre-college session.

We encourage interested students to apply as soon as they know they’d like to attend to ensure space in the session of their choice as well as have sufficient time to make payments and take advantage of our discounts.

We have three sessions at Boston University and one bonus session at Boston College.

The dates are for Boston University:

Session 1: June 25 – July 6, 2018

Session 2: July 9 – July 20, 2018

Session 3: July 23 – August 3, 2018

Boston College: July 2 – July 13, 2018

If you are choose to live on-campus at the Boston University session, students are expected to move in the Sunday before their session starts: June 24, July 8, July 22. Boston University students can move out on the last day of their session after 5 p.m. The final move-out date and time is Saturday by 10 a.m. (July 7, July 21, August 4).

For move-in and move-out dates for the Boston College session, please contact,

No. We just need to get a sense of your grades. An unofficial transcript would be fine.

No. But, we specifically address broadcast journalism in investigative reporting and how to tailor your news story for TV. This is part of our “special block” session. Students will have an opportunity to meet and speak with a television investigative reporter, ask questions and advice.

We understand that it’s summer. Our program offers equal parts of fun and learning. Monday through Friday, we students will start their day by attending a journalism writing class.  They will have a break before going to meet with their newsroom editor.

Each day will never be the same. Some days students will be out reporting. Other days, they will meet with their editor to review their story and angle.

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We urge everyone to apply. While grades are a way for us to judge skill level, we realize it is not the only way. This is why writing samples and recommendations are very important to us.

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No, if you live close-by boarding is optional. But if your commute is more than 30 minutes, you may want to consider living on-campus.

Due to students arriving at different times at Logan Airport, we are unable to provide transportation for students from Logan Airport to Boston University dorms.

Please be aware of the airlines policies around unaccompanied minor. If you are a minor and the airline needs an adult present to meet you at the airport, you must contact our student programs manager immediately with flight details and to make arrangements.

NECIR will not accompany students to the airport at the end of the program.

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Participants need to be at least 14 years of age to live on campus. Students who are younger can be day students, but should be entering high school by the following September.

In collaboration with Sargent Choice Nutrition Center, Boston University Dining Services offers students with food-related medical conditions a variety of options to accommodate their needs while they are on campus.

For more information please refer to BU’s Sargent Choice Nutrition Center’s website :

Safety is our number one priority while your son or daughter is attending our program. Evening and weekend time is filled with supervised activities. There are only a few hours of free time between the end of class and dinner each day (4-6 p.m.). We set strict limits on where students can walk to on or off-campus during that time. The Boston University police as well as Boston and Brookline police departments both regularly patrol the campus and surrounding neighborhoods. The dormitory where your child will be living is divided by gender with security guards stationed at the building entrance and ground floor elevators. Boys are not allowed in girls’ rooms and vice versa. There is a Resident Assistant as well as a counselor from our program on each floor housing our students. We will supply emergency contact information to students when they arrive. For more information please refer to the BU safety site: