Frequently Asked Questions

For general questions about dining, medial procedures, and life at Brandeis, please refer to our general FAQs.

Applying 

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What is the difference between the two-week and the three-week Boston programs?

The three-week program is not a separate course, but rather an extension of the two-week course. During the first two weeks, the students will be immersed into a combination of lectures, research, writing, in-class workshops, and one-on-one meetings with instructors. Those students who seek additional help in completing their paper drafts are encouraged to sign up for the three-week version of the course in order to take advantage of an extra week of intensive research and writing. During the third week, students will be working in smaller groups and will therefore benefit from even more one-on-one time with the instructors, which will give them an opportunity to receive the personalized help necessary to complete their drafts.

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What is involved in the registration process?

This program is open to every middle or high school student interested in history. No prior research experience is required, and the admission requests are processed on a rolling basis. 

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What is the pre-program assignment, which one should I do, and when?

There are two variations of the pre-program assignment, and you are to choose one that best fits your level of experience in historical research and writing. If you have little to no experience in writing history research papers, please choose Assignment 1, and if you have written research papers in history before or are currently working on one, please complete Assignment 2. Both assignments are due 11:59 pm on April 1. They are not to be graded or made public, and are simply for the instructors to assess the incoming class.

Getting Here

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How do students get to Brandeis University?

Brandeis University is located in Waltham, MA. You can get to us by car, airplane or train. Our staff will meet you and provide transportation from Boston Logan International Airport or the Route 128 Amtrak Station nearby. 

You are expected to make your own travel arrangements.

For more details on travel logistics, please see the Travel page for Admitted Students. 

Life on Campus

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Are all the students required to stay on campus during the program?
Yes, all students are required to stay on campus during the program. All of our programs include field trips and recreational trips off campus. Destinations include downtown Boston, the museums, and historical sites. Each program offers several opportunities for participants to explore destinations related to the subject. Participants are not permitted to leave campus without permission.
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Is there an address that parents can use to send their children any packages during the program?

Please reach out to Steven Lee at steven.lee@tcr.org with any requests to deliver a letter or a package to a student. He will provide you with his address and promptly deliver everything to the student. 

Payment

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How can I make a payment?

The Concord Review, Inc., accepts payment via PayPal, credit card, and check.

For PayPal users, when you complete the application you will be directed to PayPal where you can pay with your PayPal account or by credit card.

For credit card payment, when you complete the application you will be directed to PayPal where you can pay by credit card.  Look for the "Pay with a debit or Credit Card" link on the lower right at the PayPal site. 

If paying by checkComplete the application at the event page.  Then go to "My Profile" by clicking your name at the top of the page.  Then click the "Invoices and payments" tab.  Print your invoice and send it with your check to: 

The Concord Review

Subscriptions

730 Boston Post Road, Suite 24

Sudbury, MA 02776

 Your registration will be confirmed when we have received and processed your check.

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What is the cancellation policy?

70-41 days in advance of class start: 50% refund

40-11 days in advance of class start: 25% refund

10-0 days in advance of class start: no refund

Please note that the cancellation policy for the Concord Review at Brandeis is mandated by the staff of The Concord Review, Inc.. Any questions regarding this policy, should contact: steven.lee@tcr.org.

Additional Information

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Is there English as a Second Language (ESL) support offered to students?

There is no ESL support for students in the TCR Summer Program.  The program's goal is to help participants to write an 11-13 page research paper in 2 weeks. A strong command of written and spoken English is necessary to receive a benefit from the instruction provided. Students should have an ability to read and write English without any extra help.

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Does participation in the summer program guarantee being published at The Concord Review?

No. The summer program provides students with the necessary training to write a publishable history paper, but it does not guarantee being published at our journal. All the papers that we receive go through a rigorous and competitive review process, and papers submitted by our summer program students are no exception to that rule.

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Will everyone receive a certificate at the end of the program?

Every student will receive a certificate of completion on the last day of classes (after the student presentations). Students who are unable to attend the last day of classes can request that the certificate be mailed to them later.