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Students during Orientation

The program enabled me to create strong personal connections – both with the students and the faculty at Brandeis IBS. The most important thing for me was the strong feeling that I made the right decision and arrived at the right place, in which I would be able to achieve my goals.”

Orientation is an opportunity to acclimate yourself to life at Brandeis International Business School (IBS). It is a mandatory program lasting for five days.

Please continue to check your email for weekly "BrandeisIBSTalk" newsletter updates regarding the Orientation schedule and other important reminders.

During Orientation, students will receive course advisement and will have the opportunity to change courses. All incoming exchange students will receive a course selection form in their acceptance packet. This should be filled out and returned to Matt Rocker (

Orientation Schedule

Orientation begins on Wednesday, August 20 and ends on Tuesday, August 26. The first three days are program-specific. The last two days will focus on the school as a whole. Breakfast (8AM - 9AM) and lunch are provided daily. The first day of classes is Thursday, August 28.

PhD Student Orientation: Monday, August 25 - Tuesday, August 26
Exchange Student Orientation: Friday, August 22 - Tuesday, August 26

Wednesday, August 20
Welcome by Dean Magid and Program Directors
Program Discussion & Advising (MA); Solving Problems (MBA & MSF)
BA/MA Session OR Campus Tour (MA); Program Advising (MBA & MSF)
Solving Problems (MA); Campus Tours (MBA & MSF)

Thursday, August 21
Effective Communications (MA); Succeeding in the Classroom (MBA & MSF)
Justice Brandeis Values (MA); Effective Communications (MBA & MSF)
Keys for Success (MA); Career Strategy (MBA & MSF)
Investments exemption exam

Friday, August 22
Case Study (MA); Negotiating in Life & Work (MBA & MSF)
Focus on Specializations
Career Strategy (MA); Thinking Before Acting (MBA); MSF Program (MSF)
Managerial Econ Exemption Exam (MA); Corporate Fin. Exemption Exam (MSF)

Saturday, August 23
Boston Harbor Cruise

Monday, August 25
Dean's Welcome
Life at Brandeis IBS
English Language Proficiency Assessment (all non-native-English-speakers)
Program Advising & MatLab (PhD)
Dinner with Leadership Fellows

Tuesday, August 26
Inter-Cultural Session
Welcome BBQ
Student-to-Student Discussions with 2nd-years (MA & MBA); Library Resources (PhD)
International Student and Scholars/USA Discussion (MBA & MBA)

Thursday, August 28
First Day of Classes