Brandeis and Boston Area


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Graduate Environment at Brandeis

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is one of four graduate schools at Brandeis University.  The Heller School of Social Policy and Management places a strong emphasis on global health and sustainable development, and a number of its faculty participate directly in the global studies program. The International Business School is a professional school with an emphasis on international finance and organizes a number of events directly relevant to the processes and problems of globalization. All schools have large contingents of international students, reinforcing the “global atmosphere” of the university.

Brandeis provides strong support for graduate students, including the Office of Graduate Student Affairs. This office supports life on campus for graduate students outside of the classroom and serves as a liaison between graduate students and the university administration. This office works to coordinate events and programming among the graduate schools and advises and assists the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Graduate Student Senate. The office maintains an open, friendly lounge where graduate students from different programs and schools can meet and interact. They also offer programming throughout the year and run a number of Orientation activities in the summer (i.e. the "house hunting workshop") and in the fall to complement departmental orientation activities. Programs to enhance students' social and academic lives are planned throughout the year and cover topics such as writing for publication, designing a research paper or topics such as navigating the health-care system, career planning, and more.

An Educational Hub

Located just nine miles outside of Boston, Brandeis is located in what many students describe as the perfect location-- just far enough from the epicenter of Boston for you to feel relaxed, but close enough that you can immerse yourself in the city's rich culture, vitality, and nightlife. Waltham is also alive with history, international flavor, and New England charm.

With such an extraordinary concentration of institutions of higher learning within miles of our campus, it is no wonder that our students feel surrounded by academia. You will have access to countless resources at Brandeis and beyond through classroom interaction, libraries, museums, and artistic events. Our membership in the Boston consortium allows you to take courses at Tufts University, Boston University, and Boston College, thus enhancing your Brandeis experience.

Boston: A Small Town in a Big City

newbury street in the heart of boston's back bayConsidered one of the best walking cities in America, you will find Boston to be easily accessible and inviting. From the Boston Common and Public Gardens to the Charlestown Navy Yard, Newbury Street to the South End, and Fenway Park to the Citi Performing Arts Center, you will find that a car is not a necessary amenity. Boston combines European-style architecture with the dynamism and energy of an American-- and international-- center of technology, business, and academia.

Situated underneath the city is the "T" (MBTA), which also includes public buses and the commuter rail train. Making all points of the city accessible, the T connects all Bostonians to historical and cosmopolitan attractions.

Life Off Campus

Brandeis students live in a variety of off-campus settings in Waltham, Cambridge, Watertown, Boston, Somerville, and other nearby suburbs. Most Brandeis graduate students live in the neighborhoods and communities surrounding campus. Affordable housing and apartments make the Waltham area very attractive to Brandeis students. This, along with Waltham's rich cultural history, allows students to experience life off campus just minutes from home.

An MBTA commuter rail stop abuts our campus, connecting you to the most historic subway and trolley car network in the country. This connection provides students with easy access to some of Boston's finest restaurants, cultural centers, neighborhoods, theaters, and museums.