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Study Abroad


Timing Your Study Abroad 
Most Brandeis IBS students choose to go abroad in the fall semester of their second year in order to prevent any scheduling conflict with graduation in the spring. Depending on the career you are seeking, the Career Development Center may recommend that you choose to study abroad in the spring in order to be available for networking and applying for jobs. It’s important to note, however, that choosing to study abroad in the spring could result in grades not arriving early enough to graduate with your class. In such a case, you would be permitted to march with the class for commencement, but would receive your diploma by mail in August. There are benefits and drawbacks to choosing either semester. Each student needs to gather information, talk with your program advisor and career advisor, and make your own decision.

Partner Universities

We have partnerships with universities in 15 different countries. However, depending on your program and area of specialization, some schools may be a better match than others. Due to high demand, an applicant may request to study abroad at only two of the following:

  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Bocconi

Regardless of the number of schools an applicant is requesting, the name of at least one school other than these three must be submitted. Applications not complying with this will be returned.

Language Requirements

All of our partner universities offer courses taught in English, although the availability of English-language courses may vary. There are no specific language requirements to apply, but many partner schools offer intensive language courses for exchange students.

Selection Process

A Study Abroad Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, take many factors into consideration in selecting students for each particular school, including:

  • Application
  • Interview
  • Degree program
  • Career goals
  • Transcript
  • Resume


October 20 Study Abroad Fair
January 1 - February 1 Applications accepted
Mid-January Discussion with returning exchange students
Early-February Study Abroad Committee interviews
End of February Notification of school assignments
March 1 Deadline to accept/reject assignment*

Please note: No applications will be accepted after February 1.

*Assignments are not final until accepted by the student. Failing to respond by this date could result in forfeiting assignment.

Tuition/Living Expenses

Students who study under the auspices of the program at one of the affiliated foreign universities continue to pay Brandeis tuition. Students also pay for living expenses, room and board, and personal expenses. Students receive a travel grant to help subsidize the cost of airfare to their destination and remain eligible for whatever financial aid they receive from Brandeis IBS. Please note that reimbursements cannot be issued until after July 1. 

Submit a copy of your electronic ticket/receipt/itinerary online or to Matt Rocker. 


Airfare Reimbursement Rates

For travel to: Maximum Reimbursement
Europe and Mexico 50% up to $450
South America 50% up to $550
Israel 50% up to $550
Asia and South Africa 50% up to $700

Apply to study abroad

To apply, each applicant must submit:

  • An application form with three schools where you’d most like to study abroad
  • A one-page essay describing your reasons for wanting to study abroad and why you’ve chosen these particular schools
  • A current resume

When you submit your application materials, you will also sign up for an interview with one of the study abroad committee members.

Study abroad credits

You must enroll in the equivalent of 3 full-semester courses (12 credits) at a minimum while studying abroad. A maximum of 16 credits can be transferred to your Brandeis IBS transcript. The number of courses can vary from school to school so you’ll be working with the exchange coordinator to determine the most appropriate courses. Regardless of the credit assigned to the courses at your host institution, we will count one full semester course as 4 credits and one half semester course as 2 credits.

Once you have selected your courses, you must complete a Learning Agreement and submit it to Student Services for approval.

Study abroad courses

While you are abroad, you will enroll in elective courses. While students have flexibility in the course selection, the courses must be within the fields of business, economics, or finance. Accommodations are made as necessary due to differences in academic programs from country to country.

Transferring grades from study abroad programs

You may transfer in to Brandeis IBS up to 16 credits from the partner school regardless of the number of courses taken. You must receive a grade equivalent of a B– or better in your courses in order for the courses to transfer. The grades you receive will not appear on your transcript, but the number of credits earned and the name of the exchange school will be listed. You will also receive a transcript from the host university.

Health insurance for study abroad students

Brandeis IBS students are required to have health insurance. In many cases, the partner university will accept your Brandeis health insurance; however, you must consult with the host university's health center to confirm. In addition, you will need to contact the Brandeis University health center for a health insurance verification form.

Applying for a study abroad visa

The acceptance package that you receive from your exchange school will include information about the visa process. Please contact the coordinator at your exchange school for more specific information. Brandeis IBS is not responsible for securing student visas for study abroad.

Housing during study abroad

Some study abroad partners offer housing on a first-come first serve basis. Housing costs vary with schools and the housing information will be provided in the acceptance package sent from the exchange school. If the school does not offer housing, it should provide assistance in finding off-campus housing; contact the exchange school directly for more information. Students are responsible for all housing and living expenses during a study abroad semester.

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) currently has study abroad and exchange partnerships with 19 universities in 15 countries. To learn about the programs offered, please see the list below. For more information, contact Alyssa Irizarry ( or Matt Rocker (, or stop by the Office of Student Services.