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Transfer Student FAQ

How many transfer credits do I need to be considered a Junior when I enter?  A Sophomore?
If my previous college gave me credit for my AP or IB scores, do I need to do anything additional to get credit from Brandeis?
I placed out of the foreign language requirement at my previous school.  Does that mean I automatically place out of Brandeis' FL requirement?
How do I find out which of the classes from my previous school count toward my major?
I don't agree with the evaluation for my transfer credit.  Can I have it re-evaluated?
If I wrote my intended major on my transfer application, does that mean that I am all set for a major?
Can I study abroad and have it count toward my graduation credits?

How many transfer credits do I need to be considered a Junior when I enter?  A Sophomore?
Students entering with 56 course credits are considered Juniors, 24 credits are Sophomores and less than 24 credits are given First Year status.  The maximum number of credits that will be accepted for transfer is 64.

If my previous college gave me credit for my AP or IB scores, do I need to do anything additional to get credit from Brandeis?
Yes, you will need to "declare" your AP or IB credits.  Check with the Registrar's Office to be sure that they have an official copy of your scores.  If not, they can tell you how to have them sent.  While there fill out an AP/IB Declaration Form.

I placed out of the foreign language requirement at my previous school.  Does that mean I automatically place out of Brandeis' FL requirement?
No.  Students can place out of the FL requirement if they have earned a 4 or 5 on an appropriate AP test, by a score of 620 or more on the appropriate SAT II test, or by a satisfactory score on a foreign language placement test administered on campus in the fall.   If you completed a 3rd semester-level (or higher)  foreign language class at your previous college, speak with Sandra Fallon-Ludwig in the Registrar's Office for information about whether this will satisfy the Brandeis FL requirement.

How do I find out which of the classes from my previous school count toward my major?
You should make an appointment to meet with the Undergraduate Advising Head of your major department.  Bring syllabi from the classes to the meeting.  

I don't agree with the evaluation for my transfer credit.  Can I have it re-evaluated?
Yes, Sandra Fallon-Ludwig will be very happy to re-evaluate your transcripts.  Send her an e-mail telling her your specific concerns and ask to set up a meeting.  It is extremely helpful if you bring course descriptions and syllabi for the courses in question when you meet with her. 

If I wrote my intended major on my transfer application, does that mean that I am all set for a major?
No. Click here for access to the declaration form, which includes step-by-step instructions.

Can I study abroad and have it count toward my graduation credits?
That depends.  Transfer students are required to spend a minimum of 4 fall/spring semesters and take a minimum of 16 classes on the Brandeis campus.  If you have transferred in with junior status and plan to graduate in two years you would not be able to study abroad.  If you plan to spend more than 4 semesters completing your Brandeis degree then it is possible to study abroad for graduation credit.  Meet with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office for more information about study abroad programs.  Remember, summer classes do not contribute to the 4 semester, 16 class requirement.