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Scholar Spotlight

Dahiana Loaiza '18

Dahiana Loaiza '18 received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to study in Denmark in spring 2017. Dahiana says, "Winning the Gilman Scholarships means the opportunity to continue learning and growing as an intellectual. This is a chance for me to learn about another culture and apply what I have learned throughout my time at Brandeis University to new experiences and challenges abroad."

Scholarship Information

Visit the scholarships page for more information. Click the image to print a handout of scholarship opportunities. 
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4 Tips for Funding Study Abroad

4 tips for funding

Study Abroad Billing

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Students can expect to pay two bills during a study abroad semester:

  1. Brandeis University Charges
  2. Study Abroad Program Charges

1. Brandeis Charges During a Study Abroad Semester

For each semester abroad, a student's Brandeis University account will be charged the following:

Brandeis University Tuition and Required Student Fees (mandatory): $25,622 per semester (current rate for 2016-17).

*2017-2018 tuition/fee rates will be available at a later date. Please check Student Financial Services' website for more information.

International Sickness and Accident Insurance (if not provided by the program): All Brandeis University students who participate in an approved study abroad program must ensure they obtain coverage from a comprehensive international sickness and accident insurance plan. Many programs will automatically enroll students in a comprehensive plan. Students enrolled in an approved program that does not provide comprehensive international sickness and accident insurance coverage will be required to enroll in the Brandeis CISI insurance plan at a cost of $36/month.

Brandeis University Qualifying Student Health Insurance Plan (QSHIP) Insurance (if applicable): If you normally are enrolled in this plan when you are on the Brandeis campus, you will also need this coverage when you are abroad, according to Massachusetts State Law. If you are not enrolled in this plan because you have outside insurance coverage (through your parents, etc.), you will need to fill out the Insurance Waiver before you depart for your program, as you do every year. More information about this insurance can be found on the Health Center's web site.

Room and board will not be on the Brandeis bill.


2. Study Abroad Program Charges

For each semester, students will be billed some or all of the following charges from their study abroad program. All study abroad programs are different, you should check with your program for site-specific information. Some programs do not arrange for these goods and services and you may have to arrange them independently.

  • program deposit*
  • room & board
  • flights
  • insurance
  • books
  • visa, entry & exit taxes, passport fees
  • local transportation

*Most programs will have a deposit in order to confirm your intent to participate. In most cases this deposit will be applied to your abroad housing bill. Please check with your program directly regarding this matter.  


Brandeis Payments to Study Abroad Programs

During an approved off-campus study semester, Brandeis University will pay the tuition and academic charges to the study abroad program, on the student's behalf.

Please note that for programs that list a "program fee" as their only charge, Brandeis will only be paying for the tuition and academic portion of that fee. Please contact the study abroad program directly if you are not sure what is included in their "program fee", they will provide more detail if asked. These programs will send a bill with the tuition and academic charges to Brandeis.

If you have been approved by Brandeis to study abroad and have received a bill including tuition or an academic fee from your study abroad program, you should inform your program that the Brandeis study abroad office should be billed for that portion of your fees.

Please contact our office with any questions about this payment process.

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Information on CISI

All Brandeis University students who participate on an approved study abroad program must ensure they obtain coverage from a comprehensive international sickness and accident insurance plan. Many programs will automatically enroll students in a comprehensive plan. Students enrolled in an approved program that does not provide comprehensive international sickness and accident insurance coverage will automatically be enrolled in the Brandeis CISI insurance plan.  Brandeis CISI insurance is optional for summer study abroad students--they should contact the Office of Study Abroad for more information on how to enroll.

We recommend that students studying abroad who extend their stay beyond the stated program length purchase additional coverage from CISI to cover the complete length of their time abroad. This additional coverage can be purchased on the CISI website.

Brandeis CISI Insurance Frequently Asked Questions:

What does the insurance cover?
You can view the plan details here

What if I already have insurance through my family, the Brandeis University campus plan, or my study abroad program provides insurance?
All students who study abroad must have adequate international sickness and accident insurance. We are committed to ensuring that all students have solid coverage while abroad and that they will be able to receive good medical care should the need arise. If Brandeis University determines that your program does not provide comprehensive international sickness and accident coverage you will be required to purchase the Brandeis CISI insurance plan. The CISI plan is a comprehensive plan designed for study abroad students. We can not evaluate individual or family insurance plans to determine if they meet similar standards.

How much does the insurance cost?
If required, you will be billed $36 (as of 2016-2017) per month for the duration of your approved academic program.

How will I be billed for this insurance?
The cost for the CISI insurance will be billed to your Brandeis University account during the regular billing cycles (July & November). Students studying abroad for the full year on one program will be billed in full in July.
Other Insurance Considerations
Maintaining U.S. Coverage
You must retain your U.S. health insurance, even while overseas. This will cover you both before you leave and after you return from your program.  Should you have an accident or illness overseas that requires long-term care, you will have insurance upon your return to cover these expenses. Please also note that since you will be a full-time Brandeis student while you are abroad, the same insurance regulations that affect you while you are in Waltham will still apply. Please see the University Bulletin or contact the Health Center at 781-736-3677 for more details. Keep in mind that if you have special insurance needs, or if you plan any travel before, during or after the program, you are responsible for obtaining appropriate coverage.

Travel/ Personal Property Insurance
We strongly encourage you to obtain insurance against theft and/ or damage to your personal effects for the period of time you will be abroad. Most programs do not provide insurance for your possessions. Your family's homeowner's insurance or rental insurance may provide coverage.

Q: Why do I have to pay Brandeis tuition when I am studying abroad?
A: Students approved to study abroad pay Brandeis tuition and required student fees, thereby maintaining their status as currently enrolled students, and as such, they are able to receive credit towards their Brandeis degrees and to utilize any of their financial aid that is applicable toward study abroad.

The primary reason for this policy is one of equity and basic fairness. This policy makes the study abroad experience more accessible to all Brandeis students, regardless of their or their families' financial circumstances and ability to pay. Nearly half of all Brandeis students receive Brandeis grants and we provide this financial aid to ensure that the educational opportunity is distributed according to merit, not merely the ability to pay.
Q: Will my financial aid status affect my chances of being accepted by Brandeis to study abroad?
A:  No, the Brandeis internal study abroad application is need-blind. However, please note that some specific scholarships are non-transferable, such as those that require students’ participation in campus events, or bring foreign students to the U.S.  To find out which scholarships are transferable to a study abroad experience, please see the Financial Aid Portability page .  We encourage you to schedule an appointment with your Student Financial Services advisor to review your individual financial aid package as it relates to study abroad if you have any questions.
Q: Can I use my Brandeis Financial Aid while studying abroad?
A: Most Brandeis grants and scholarships are applicable for study abroad in an amount not to exceed the cost of Brandeis tuition and required student fees. Please note that if the study abroad program room, board, and applicable fees are lower than those at Brandeis, the amount awarded for Alumni and Friends or Trustee Scholarships may be reduced. 

There are a few Brandeis scholarships/grants that are not applicable for study abroad because their purpose is to bring international students to the Brandeis campus:

  • Malkin Scholarship
  • Slifka Scholarship
  • Full Wien Scholarship, and
  • Any scholarship with an aspect that requires participation in on-campus activities

Students may use federal financial aid, including Stafford Loans and Pell Grants.

We suggest you also consult the scholarships page for information on applying for Study Abroad scholarships.

If you have further questions about your financial aid, please make an appointment to speak with your financial aid counselor in the Office of Student Financial Services.
Q: What happens if the study abroad program tuition is more, or less than Brandeis tuition? Will Brandeis only pay the program up to the cost of Brandeis? Will the student be responsible for the total amount of Brandeis tuition if the study abroad program tuition is less than Brandeis Tuition?
A: Students will pay full Brandeis tuition as published in the University Bulletin, regardless of the cost of their program. Brandeis will then pay the total amount of the study abroad program tuition.
Q: Is Brandeis or the student responsible for paying the program deposit?
A: The student is responsible for paying any initial program deposits. Your program will credit your deposit towards the non-tuition expenses for which you are responsible.