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The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is a globally oriented environment. You will find students from more than 25 countries across the world. As you begin to research your graduate career and submit your application, we hope that you find this and other Brandeis websites helpful to you. In addition, please visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions that are specific to international students.

Additional Application Requirements

International applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an English-speaking institution within an English-speaking country must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic). Test scores should be less than two years old. An applicant should submit the application within two years of the test date to ensure that the testing agency will still be able to send an official score report.

Students who have graduated from a university in the following English-speaking countries (Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, and United Kingdom) are exempt from the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE requirement.

Minimum scores for each exam are:

  • 600 (paper-based TOEFL)
  • 250 (computer-based TOEFL)
  • 100 (internet-based TOEFL)
  • 7 (IELTS)
  • 68 (PTE)

You must submit official scores from the testing agencies. The GSAS TOEFL school code is 3261. 

You will enter your unofficial scores directly into the Test Score section of the application. You should not upload, email, or mail any copies of the score reports. Instead, you should request that official scores be sent to Brandeis Graduate School of Arts and Sciences using the following code: TOEFL: 3261; IELTS and PTE do not require an institutional code. Please keep in mind that there is a delay from when you order your official scores to when the testing agency sends us these scores. Your scores then need to be uploaded into our application system and matched with your application. Generally, this process can take up to three weeks.

If you have not yet taken the test: In the Test Score section of the application, there is a link to add new test scores. Simply click on the link, select the appropriate test, and then enter a future test date. This will allow you to submit the application without scores for that specific test. When you take the test, enter the appropriate Brandeis institution code at the testing center. When the official scores arrive, we will be able to associate them with your application.

Please note that some departments (i.e., Politics) have strict guidelines and may require TOEFL scores from all international applicants. Please check with the department to which you are applying to see if TOEFL is required.

Please contact the Graduate School if you feel that you have extenuating circumstances that may exempt you from this requirement.


International applicants in Ph.D. programs are eligible for fully funded positions and may be awarded tuition scholarships, fellowships and/or assistantships. Master's candidates may be eligible for institutional need-based aid. Applicants for institutional need-based aid must file an International Application for Financial Aid available here and included with the offer of admission.

For complete information about sources of funding, including loans, please see Financial Aid.

Visa and I-20 Issuance

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) does not require you to submit a statement of financial support with your application. We require this information if you have been accepted to a program. A Visa Declaration Form will be included in your offer of admission. You must complete this form, indicating financial responsibility, and submit it to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. After we process this form, we will mail the I-20 form to you. Please note that I-20 forms cannot be issued to students with a conditional acceptance. If a conditional admission is offered pending receipt of official TOEFL and/or GRE score reports, the I-20 will be issued only after the score reports are received by the GSAS Office.

English Language Program (ELP)

The English Language Program (ELP) offers international graduate students services to assist you in adjusting to the American academic environment. To support your success, we offer weekly one-on-one tutorials in writing and oral skills and oral skills classes to hone your speaking, teaching, and presentation skills. For more details, see the ELP website.


The vast majority of students live off-campus in surrounding neighborhoods. For the most updated information on living in the Boston area, please visit the Housing section of the Graduate Student Affairs website.

International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)

Brandeis' ISSO supports international students and scholars across the university, from over 120 countries around the globe.  The ISSO is dedicated to helping international students and scholars with their adjustment to life at Brandeis and in the United States.