Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the summer a good time to study abroad?

Study abroad in the summer is a great option for students who cannot fit a semester of study abroad into their schedules during the academic year. It can also be a good way to try out studying abroad for a shorter amount of time or to extend a semester study abroad program. There are also many unique opportunities, such as internships, that are only available in the summer. First-years should also take advantage of summer study abroad as it builds their experiences and can assist in securing future summer internships. Summer study abroad also presents a great time to fulfill university requirements or study a foreign language.

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Who is eligible to study abroad in the summer?

You can study abroad for Brandeis transfer credit the summer after your first, second or third year. While there is no minimum G.P.A. requirement from Brandeis University, many programs will have minimum G.P.A. requirements. There is no language prerequisite for summer study abroad, but some programs may have specific language requirements.

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What kind of credit can I receive?

Summer courses taken abroad on approved programs may count for numeric credit or purpose requirements and may count towards the 32 courses required to graduate. A combined maximum of 16 credits may come from external credit sources . If you have met this limit, you may use summer study abroad courses for "purpose" (i.e., placement, pre-requisite, general university and major/minor requirement) credit instead. Students studying in their "home country" are able to earn purpose requirements during the summer. Speak with a study abroad advisor for more information.

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I’d like to have a summer internship abroad. Should I speak to the Office of Study Abroad or the Hiatt Career Center?

If you are looking to complete an internship for credit through an approved study abroad program, then please speak to a study abroad staff member.  Study abroad internship programs include academic courses and provide assistance with internship placement, housing, orientation and more.  However, programs do charge a fee for these services.  If you would like to create your own internship or apply for Brandeis internship funding (such as a Louis D. Brandeis or WOW! Fellowship), please visit the Hiatt Career Center’s internship web page for more information.

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When should I apply?

You will need to fill out two applications: a Brandeis study abroad application and the external program application. The Brandeis Summer Study Abroad Application is due in March, so it is a good idea to have completed the program’s application before this date. Many programs’ summer application deadlines are approximately three to six months before the programs begin. Many students find that investigating program options in the fall and completing applications over winter break is an ideal timeline.

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How do I choose a program?

Choosing a program can sometimes seem like a daunting task as there are many options to pick from. No two programs will meet the same set of needs, so our office aims to provide you with guidance and appropriate suggestions about the many study abroad options that Brandeis approves. Meeting with a member of the study abroad staff can help you begin the process of focusing your academic and personal goals while simultaneously helping you narrow your selection to a few programs. Brandeis has an Approved Program List for off-campus study during the academic year. If you are seeking a program or country currently not on the list, please schedule an appointment to speak with a member of the study abroad staff about your goals and options.

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What if I want to go on a program that's not on the approved program list?

In order to receive Brandeis credit for summer study abroad, students must study on an approved summer study abroad program. Approved program courses, in addition to meeting our course approval guidelines, have been reviewed for alignment with Brandeis academic standards and overall program quality and many have had satisfied Brandeis participants in the past. With more than 60 programs to choose from, it's likely you'll find a great program to meet your needs and interests. However, sometimes students are interested in getting a new program approved. If this is the case, please schedule an appointment to meet with a member of the study abroad staff well in advance of the summer study abroad deadline. In order for a new program to be approved it must be vetted by the Office of Study Abroad and presented to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. This means all new program petitions must be submitted by early January.

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What fees are there for summer study abroad?

Study abroad program costs vary widely, so check with each program to determine tuition costs as well as expenses for room, board, flights, books, visas and transportation. Brandeis students will also be assessed an Off-Campus Study Fee of $400. This fee covers the administrative costs related to off-campus study program approval and transfer of credit.

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Is there any financial aid available?

Most financial aid does not carry over to summer study abroad but you should always check with Student Financial Services about your specific situation. Additionally, many programs will offer grants and scholarships for students studying abroad. Check with your individual program to see if they offer any merit and/or need-based scholarships.

Some students do choose to take out supplementary loans to finance study abroad. For more information, please make an appointment to speak with your financial aid counselor in the Office of Student Financial Services (Usdan 120, 781-736-3700).