Spring Transfer FAQs
Why must I take the English Language Semester Class?
While you and your cohort were selected for admission to Brandeis based on your strong academic and personal achievements, it was determined that you would benefit from additional English preparation in addition to your other undergraduate coursework. The Committee on Admissions is confident that upon completion of the English Language Semester Class you will be poised for academic success at Brandeis.
What are the dates of the course?
It is part of the regular academic semester: beginning on January 14 and concluding on May 1.
Is the English Language Semester Class mandatory?
Yes: not only will it hone your English skills, it will also help prepare you for all aspects of Brandeis academic life. You will have an invaluable start on your Brandeis career.
What are the course’s components?
Students participate in an intensive English language program focusing on Analytical Writing, Critical Reading, Speaking and Listening through studying current events, literature, history, politics, and American culture.
Instead of taking the English Language Semester Class, can I take English courses somewhere else?
There is no need for you to take courses elsewhere. We have designed this program specifically for you to ensure your academic success at Brandeis.
Will I earn undergraduate credit for the course?
You will receive academic credit for all of the Brandeis undergraduate courses you take.
Is there an additional cost for the English Language Semester Class?
No: it is included in your regular Brandeis tuition.
If I take the TOEFL again and receive a higher score, do I still need to enroll in the course?
Yes, you must participate in the English Language Semester Class regardless of future standardized test scores. You were chosen for the course based on English proficiency demonstrated in various elements of your application. We believe that you will benefit from additional English training before beginning your full undergraduate career.
Will I be considered a full-time Brandeis student?
Yes, you have been admitted to the Brandeis University and therefore you are a Brandeis undergraduate student.
Will I live with other Spring Transfers?
Yes, you will be housed with other Spring Transfer students.
May I study abroad?
Spring Transfers have the same academic opportunities as other Brandeis undergraduates, including the option to study abroad.
Can I join clubs, sports teams and other extracurricular organizations during my first term at Brandeis?
Yes: you may fully participate in clubs, sports and any other campus activities.
What day do I need to move to campus?
You should plan to move into your residence hall on Thursday January 10, 2013. Check-In will be between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Students and staff will be available to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
If you arrive between 2:00 and 5:00 pm, please go to the Department of Community Living to receive your key. After 5:00 pm, you will need to go to the Public Safety building.
If I arrive in Waltham prior to January 10, 2013 can I move into my room on campus?
You will not be able to move into your room until January 10, 2013. There are several hotels near campus where you can stay until the January 10 move-in. Here a few recommendations:
Embassy Suites Boston/Waltham
550 Winter Street
(781) 890-6767 front desk
(800) 222-8733 reservations
Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466
(617) 969-1000 front desk
(800) 228-9290 reservations