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Hassenfeld Immersion Program

Hassenfeld Fellows on a trip to Cuba

The Hassenfeld Fellow Overseas Immersion Program gives you the chance to take part in an introduction to the business and economy of a dynamic overseas market, combining both in-class and travel experience.

Key Highlights

  • Timing: The program begins the week following Commencement in May and lasts approximately two weeks. It is open to first-year students only (as second-year students will have already graduated by the end of May). The timing of the program should allow participants to continue on to an internship after completion of the Immersion Program.
  • Credit: Participants will receive 2 academic credits.
  • Expense: The majority of expenses, including airfare, ground transportation, lodging and breakfasts, will be covered by a generous donation from the Hassenfeld Foundation. The cost to the student will be $500, plus some incidental costs during travel such as visa fees, lunches and dinners.


A full syllabus is available for you to view. In addition to the course material, there is a presentation the following fall semester where you will share your experience with other members of the Brandeis IBS community. We believe that sharing what you've learned is a critical component to the immersion experience.

Although we understand that not every program participant may be able to be present due to their course schedule in the fall, it is expected that all participants will make this a priority and take part in the event.

How to Apply

Because of the high level of interest in the program, an application process is needed so that every student will have the same chance of being accepted.