Additional Information

Have a question that wasn't answered here?  Email Sarah Wagner, Program Administrator for English Language Programs.

Arrival Information Form

Please complete the Arrival Information Form by Monday, June 12, 2017.  If you have any questions, please email Jingwen Yan, International Student Advisor for Community Integration.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was I admitted as a Gateway Scholar?

Gateway Scholars are selected for admission to Brandeis based on their strong academic and personal achievements. The Committee on Admissions determines that Gateway Scholars would benefit from additional English preparation before beginning their full undergraduate coursework. The Committee on Admissions is confident that upon completion of the Gateway Scholars Program students will be poised for academic success at Brandeis.

What are the dates of the summer session?

The 2017 Gateway Scholars program will run from June 26th through August 12th.

What is the cost of the summer session?

The 2017 summer session fee of $15,127 includes tuition, room and board, health insurance, and use of the Health Center.

Is the summer session mandatory for Gateway Scholars?

Yes, the summer session is a vital component of the Gateway Scholars Program.  Gateway summer improves students’ English skills and prepares them for all aspects of Brandeis academic life.  Gateway Scholars receive invaluable preparation for their undergraduate career through Gateway summer.

If I take the TOEFL again and receive a higher score, do I still need to participate in the Gateway Scholars Program?

Yes, you must participate in the Gateway Scholars Program regardless of future standardized test scores. You were chosen for the Gateway Scholars Program 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 Class of 2021. You are a Brandeis undergraduate student.

Can I still graduate in four years?

Yes, it is expected that Gateway Scholars will graduate in May 2021.

What courses will I take during the summer session?

Gateway Scholars participate in an intensive English language program focusing on Analytical Writing, Critical Reading, and Speaking and Listening through studying current events, literature, history, politics, and American culture.

Instead of participating in the Gateway Scholars Program, can I take English courses somewhere else?

No, you cannot substitute other courses for the Gateway Scholars Program. This program is designed specifically to ensure your academic success at Brandeis. Other English programs will not meet your language and academic needs as well as the Gateway Scholars Program.

Will I earn undergraduate credit for the Gateway Scholars summer program?

Gateway summer courses will be listed on your transcript but do not carry numeric credit. However, you must pass the Gateway Scholars summer program to enroll in fall classes. You will receive numeric credit for all Brandeis undergraduate courses you complete.

Will I continue with Gateway courses in the fall?

At the end of the Gateway Summer program, you will complete a diagnostic exam to assess your proficiency in English writing, reading, speaking, and listening.  Those who require additional support will be enrolled in the Gateway Fall courses as a supplement to their other Brandeis coursework.

Are there any Gateway courses offered in the spring?

No, we are confident that upon completion of the summer or summer and fall Gateway programs that you will have developed the necessary skills for your continued success in your undergraduate career.

Will I live with other Gateway Scholars, or will I live with other first-year students? 

During the summer, you will be housed with other Gateway Scholars. Toward the end of the summer you will move to a first-year quad where you will be housed with other incoming first-year students for the entire academic year.

May I study abroad?

Gateway Scholars have the same academic opportunities as other Brandeis undergraduates, including study abroad.

Can I join clubs, sports teams and other extracurricular organizations during the fall term?

Yes. As Brandeis undergraduate students, Gateway Scholars 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 Monday, June 26, 2017. Check-In will be between the hours of 9am-9pm.  Students and staff will be available to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.

If I arrive in Waltham prior to June 26, 2017 can I move into my room on campus?

You will not be able to move into your room until June 26. There are several hotels near campus where you can stay until the June 26 move-in.  Here a few recommendations:

Embassy Suites Boston/Waltham
550 Winter Street
Waltham, MA
(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

Alternately, you can stay at the Hilton next to Boston's Logan Airport, and you can be picked up Monday morning (see next question/answer).  Here is that hotel's information:

Hilton Logan Airport
One Hotel Drive
Boston, MA  02128
(617) 568-6700


How can I get to Brandeis from the airport on Monday, June 26?

We will offer Airport Shuttles from 10am-7pm on Monday, June 26 ONLY.  You must complete the Arrival Information Form by the end of the day on Monday, June 12, 2017 to secure a shuttle ride.

If you arrive before 10am or after 7pm on Monday, June 26, you should take a taxi from the airport to the place you are staying.

What will be provided in my room and what do I need to provide for myself?

We provide you with a bed, dresser, desk and chair in your room.  You must provide your own linens (sheets, comforters, pillows, towels) and toiletries, etc.  We will offer shuttles to a local department store during Gateway Welcome Week to purchase items needed such as the linens mentioned above, as well as any other personal items you will need.  

Where can I ship personal items prior to my arrival at Brandeis?

You can ship your items to the following address:

Name
MB_ _ _ _ Brandeis University
Gateway Scholars Program
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453-2728 USA

When will I receive my bill and when is payment due for the Gateway Scholars Program?

You will receive a bill for the summer session in early June, and payment is due by June 26, 2017.