Program Criteria Vary
Study abroad program requirements will vary by program. Please be in contact with the programs individually if you have questions about their selection criteria.
Successful Brandeis study abroad applicants must be able to articulate how the selection criteria below will be met in the Personal Statement that is included with the Brandeis Study Abroad Application. The letter of recommendation, your resume, and your academic, residence life and judicial records will also be considered during the review process. Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to apply to, nor participate in, study abroad.
Academic and Intellectual Fit of Program
The fit between the program and your academic interest is of primary importance. How is this particular program going to be integrated into your intellectual pursuits at Brandeis? Do the courses you plan to take fall within the liberal arts curriculum and do they support your stated learning goals? You must be able to effectively communicate your academic goals for study abroad and how a particular program will be the best match to reach those goals. The correlation should be significant and direct.
Intercultural Learning Plan
Study Abroad offers a unique opportunity for you to engage in intercultural learning and cross-cultural dialog. You must be able to identify your specific intercultural learning goals for study abroad, as well as a realistic plan for meeting these goals. Your program choice must directly relate to this plan. You should carefully consider how the program structure, courses and out of class opportunities will support your stated intercultural learning goals. For example, does the living situation on this program provide for significant and real interaction with local people? Do you have a realistic plan in place regarding how to integrate yourself locally in your host city or town? Does the program offer real opportunities for you to gain an understanding of the host culture?
Proper preparation for an overseas experience is critical to the overall outcome for study abroad. You will need to demonstrate a strong commitment to language and academic preparation. This should include taking a language the semester before your time away, if available, and taking courses that form a logical foundation for the subject and/or geographical area of your chosen program. You will be required to demonstrate that you have a basic understanding of the history and current affairs of your proposed host country.
Studying abroad requires tolerance and a willingness to adjust to living and learning conditions very different from, and often much less comfortable than, those on the Brandeis campus. You therefore must posses a high level of initiative, maturity, responsibility, and adaptability to be successful as a study abroad student. Your personal statement should indicate how well you understand the potential challenges you will face in your host country and how you will deal with these challenges. Do you fully understand the level of personal responsibility you will be taking on and do you have a sense of how you will represent your school and your home country in your host location? Review of your judicial record as well as feedback from other staff in the Division of Students and Enrollment should indicate that you have a sustained record of maturity and responsible community citizenship.