Program Details

The goal of the Gateway Scholars Program is to prepare high-performing talented international students for the rigors of course work at Brandeis University. The program may include two components: seven weeks in summer focusing on integrated cognitive and language skills, potentially followed by a fall semester of additional skills-based coursework. 

In the summer, Gateway Scholars participate in an intensive six-week English language program consisting of three courses: Critical Reading in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Analytical Writing, and Academic Oral Communication. At the end of six weeks, student progress is evaluated and those who advance sufficiently enroll in a full courseload for the Fall semester. Students who need further critical thinking, analytical writing, and language skills development will take additional courses as part of the full-time Brandeis undergraduate course schedule. The fall semester component utilizes practical learning approaches mixed with effective language teaching methods to further develop reading comprehension, critical thinking, analytical writing, and oral communication skills essential for achieving academic success at Brandeis University.

All students within the Gateway Scholars Program receive weekly writing tutorials during the first three semesters to support their work in ESL 1A/ESL 2A, Composition, and the University Writing Seminar (UWS) classes. They may also request tutorials whenever they take a writing-intensive course.