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
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.
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.
A Study Abroad Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, take many factors into consideration in selecting students for each particular school, including:
- Degree program
- Career goals
|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.
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.