Application, Credit and Judicial FAQs
Q: Why is there only one application deadline for Academic Year, Fall semester and Spring semester study abroad?
A: A single study abroad deadline is in place to allow for a better planning process. This deadline allows students to fully incorporate their study abroad plans into their overall academic career at Brandeis. This deadline also encourages students to make plans early and thus have more opportunity to apply for external funding for study abroad.
Q: What is the purpose of the Brandeis Study Abroad Application?
A: The information you provide allows us to centralize all aspects of your time abroad. The Brandeis Study Abroad Application allows us to manage your credit approval, financial aid transfer and billing process. Brandeis approval to study abroad is not the same thing as acceptance by a study abroad program; similarly, acceptance by a study abroad program does not mean you have been approved to study abroad by Brandeis.
Q: Who needs to sign my Brandeis Study Abroad Application? Why?
A: The Study Abroad Liaison(s) from your declared major/minor department(s) need(s) to sign the application. This interaction is intended to assist you in understanding what course work taken abroad may be used in your major/ minor before final selection abroad occurs. If you have more than one major, then the Study Abroad Liaison in each department must sign the application. When consulting the Liaison(s), it is important to speak about remaining requirements for your major or minor and what type of courses may count from abroad. If possible, we suggest that you bring course descriptions and information on your program to the Liaison.
Q: How competitive will it be to be approved by Brandeis to study abroad?
A: The internal Brandeis application is a selective process based on a set of criteria designed by a committee of faculty, staff and students. Students who meet these criteria will be approved to study abroad. For more information on the selection criteria, please see click here. In addition to the selection criteria, be aware of the Brandeis eligibility requirements.
Q: When will I hear if my Brandeis Study Abroad Application has been approved?
A: We will notify you approximately one month after the study abroad deadline of your application decision.
Q: Can I change my mind about my program choices after I submit my application?
A: Students will be approved for their study abroad program based on their application to Brandeis in February. Only students who are not accepted by their overseas program have the possibility of changing their program. This decision will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Study Abroad Selection Committee.
Q: Do I need to declare all of my majors and minors before the February application deadline?
A: Yes, it is best to have all your academic planning in place before you go abroad, so as to know how it will be completed during and after you return from abroad.
Q: Will my credits transfer?
A: Courses will be checked by the study abroad office to ensure that you receive university credit toward graduation for your work abroad. Credits from liberal arts courses (e.g. economics, history, geography) will transfer if you earn a grade of C- or better. No course work can be taken pass/fail abroad. Credit will not be transferred for adult education or non-liberal arts courses (e.g. engineering, ceramics, textile design).
The Study Abroad Liaisons for academic departments will determine whether you can count your work abroad toward your major or minor.
Q: How many credits do I have to take?
A: You must take a full course load while abroad. A full course load is defined by the overseas institution and the study abroad staff at Brandeis. The overseas load is then transferred as the equivalent of a normal semester at Brandeis. Being a full-time student on an overseas program is not necessarily the same as taking a full course load. Students studying abroad for the year will receive eight Brandeis course credits and students abroad for a semester will receive four Brandeis course credits. Questions about what constitutes a full load can be discussed with a member of the study abroad staff.
Q: Do my grades from overseas count in my Brandeis G.P.A.?
A: Grades from abroad are not factored into your Brandeis G.P.A. Course subjects and a credit/ no-credit designation will be listed on your Brandeis transcript. Please note that graduate schools and future employers will likely request a copy of your full academic record, which would include a copy of any transcripts from your study abroad program or university.
Q: Will my coursework abroad count toward my Brandeis requirements?
A: If you follow our guidelines and consult with the Study Abroad Liaisons, you should have no problem fulfilling requirements for your major or minor and general university requirements while off-campus. In general, the academic departments will count up to two overseas classes per semester toward a major. Each department is different, however, so please consult with the Liaison within your area of study!
The easiest general university requirements to fulfill abroad are the school distribution and non-western requirements. We recommend you consider taking your writing intensive and quantitative reasoning classes here on campus. Most students take one or two elective courses while overseas.
Q: I'm an IGS major so I have to study abroad. What will happen if my Brandeis application is not approved?
A: Studying abroad is not the only way for IGS majors to participate in the required experiential learning opportunity; you can also elect to complete an international internship with a globally-oriented organization in the US. More information about the IGS department’s required international experience can be found at http://www.brandeis.edu/programs/igs/international/.
Q: Can I take P.E. abroad?
A: It is possible to get credit toward the Physical Education requirement while abroad but you must be an active participant in a P.E. class. Please contact Sheryl Sousa in the Physical Education Dept. with questions.
Q: Can I get credit for working/ volunteering overseas?
A: There are many opportunities to work, teach, intern, or volunteer overseas. The Hiatt Career Center has resources available to help you research such options. Brandeis does not grant credit for any work that does not appear on an official transcript from an accredited institution.
Q: Is summer study abroad subject to the February study abroad deadline?
A: No, the deadline for summer study abroad is in March, after the general study abroad deadline. Please visit the summer study abroad section for a specific date.
Q: During my study abroad program, will I be subject to Brandeis rules and regulations for behavior or the host school's?
A: While you are studying abroad, you must comport yourself in accordance with the institutional rules and laws of your host country. Also, you will remain enrolled as a degree candidate at Brandeis while you are off campus, therefore you must adhere to Brandeis' academic integrity and behavior rules, including but not limited to those set forth in 'Rights and Responsibilities'. Students who violate campus or community standards may face judicial action at Brandeis University.
Q: Will Brandeis provide legal or other staff support if I am charged with a violation of law in the host country? Or if I am charged with a violation of a rule(s) at the host school?
A: As a foreign student in your host country, you must be acutely aware of the possible ramifications of each choice you make. While it is important to note that we will be here to assist you, we can not intervene if you violate local or national laws in your host country. Similarly, the US government cannot protect you from the consequences of any illegal actions or behaviors. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the local laws in your host country.
In instances of alleged violations of host school rules, to the extent possible, a Brandeis staff member may be of some assistance in discussing the situation with host school officials or with the student's parents.
Q: Can I be held responsible for the same behavior both abroad and at Brandeis?
A: Brandeis reserves the right to invoke University procedures to address any alleged student behavior which, if after appropriate review, is found to have violated Brandeis policies as outlined in 'Rights and Responsibilities'. Similarly, University proceedings will not negate any actions taken by the host institution or country.