Brandeis Study Abroad Account

Program Information

Program Overview
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Admissions
Financial
Dates and Schedule 

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Application now open for Fall '14, Spring '15, and Academic Year 14-15.

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Admissions

The application deadline for programs in 2014-2015 is February 14, 2014. 

Applications must be submitted on-line by NOON on the stated deadline.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis until the closing deadline.

Students are encouraged to apply well before the admissions deadline. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis so applying early is to everyone's advantage. Provided spaces are still available, applications will be reviewed up until the deadline. The website will contain information in the event that the program reaches student capacity before the admissions deadline.

Prerequisites

Three semesters of college level Hebrew or the equivalent.

Getting Started

Before applying to the Brandeis University/Middlebury Program in Israel, you will need to follow these steps:

1. Fill out the Study Abroad Advising and Goals Questionnaire. This will help the staff in our office get to know you and your needs for study abroad.  It will also help you set goals and expectations for your time off-campus. By completing this questionnaire, you will be placed on our listserv to be advised of study abroad events and deadlines.  Please note that you must complete this questionnaire before you will have access to the Brandeis study abroad application.



2. Attend a General Information Session.  You should attend one of these sessions before setting up an appointment with a Study Abroad Staff Member. 

3. Schedule a meeting with Amber Thacher to discuss your academic and personal goals for studying abroad on the Brandeis University/Middlebury Program in Israel and to open a program application. When you come to this meeting, please make sure you have reviewed the information online thoroughly and have filled out the Study Abroad Advising and Goals Questionnaire.  To schedule a meeting, please call 781-736-3483.

Application Materials

The Brandeis University/Middlebury Program in Israel Application consists of:

  • Material Submission
    • Passport Copy 
  • Signature Documents:
    • Application Photo Statement
    • Brandeis Programs Statement of Agreement
  • Recommendation:
    • Two Letters of Recommendation

Application Statement for Brandeis Programs
Your personal statement should include answers to the following questions. You may also wish to refer to the selection criteria before writing your statement. 

Your statement should be about 1,000 words in essay format. If you are applying to two programs, be sure your statement includes answers to all of the following questions for both your primary program and your alternate program. Failure to include answers to all questions for both programs may result in your application being denied. 

 •  What are your academic and intellectual goals for study abroad?

 •  How do your academic goals for study abroad relate to your overall academic plan at Brandeis?

 •  Why is your proposed program the best match for your academic goals for study abroad?

 •  What do you hope to gain from living and learning in a new culture?

 •  How do you plan to integrate yourself in your host institution and host city or town?

 •  What does the term 'global citizen' mean to you and how does your proposed study abroad plan relate to this concept?

 •  Describe the challenges you imagine you will face while living and studying in a different culture and give concrete examples of how you will deal with these challenges.

 •  How have you prepared yourself academically for study abroad in your chosen host country?

 •  How much do you already know about the history and culture of your proposed study abroad location?


Resume
Please upload a pdf of your resume in the online application. The application review committee uses the resume to learn more about you and all of your experiences, commitments and interests to date. The rest of your application focuses exclusively on your academic history and future plans as they relate to study abroad or JBS. Your resume allows the committee to understand the rest of your skills, experiences, and achievements.

Enhance your application by thoughtfully expressing your leadership, volunteer and work experience on your resume. With the right preparation and expert feedback you can stand out in the crowd. Learn about how to structure and write a resume from Hiatt' online workshop, view samples on their website and access a user-friendly software program, Optimal Resume, to create a clear, professional resume.

Once you've drafted your resume: have it reviewed and preferably approved by the Hiatt Career Center during drop-ins, in an appointment or via HiattChat, prior to submitting it to your application.

Program details are subject to change.