Overview of Midyear Programs

Landscape shots of London, Philadelphia, and Florence

Clockwise from top left: London, UK; Philadelphia, USA; and Florence, Italy

There are many opportunities available for Midyear students to take part in during their fall semester before arriving at Brandeis. Brandeis works with fall off-campus study programs organized by trusted study abroad partners that are tailored specifically to meet your academic and social interests. The fall semester is a wonderful time to explore different places and cultures.

The Office of Study Abroad at Brandeis University encourages Brandeis Midyears to consider one of these programs as part of their planning for their fall semester before starting classes at Brandeis in January. These programs with Arcadia University and CET Academic Programs have been designed with Brandeis Midyears specifically in mind. On these programs, Brandeis Midyears can not only have a unique first semester of college but they can continue to make progress towards their Brandeis degree. Other highlights of these programs include:

Do you have questions about how a fall Midyear program will fit into your Brandeis experience? Please feel free to contact Study Abroad Advisor Ari Massefski at arim@brandeis.edu or 781-736-3483.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Photo Credit: Zach Trotz

Launch your Brandeis career in Florence, Italy. CET Academic Programs, a leading study abroad program provider, offers Brandeis Midyear students the chance to spend their fall semester in Florence.

Students take five courses while studying and living in one of the world’s most captivating cities. Classes include Italian language, a first-year writing seminar and three electives in fields such as art history, political science and economics. The program brings learning outside the classroom by arranging an extensive array of fully and partially sponsored activities.

Students can take bike tours through the Chianti countryside, participate in city charity walks and join in local soccer tournaments.

NOTE: This program is only open to students who will be 18 years or older by September 2022.

Learn more about the midyear in florence Program

check out fall 2021 student ada rose wagar's blog to read about her semester in florence

 London, U.K.

Students at Stonehenge

Brandeis Midyears may attend a fall program in London through the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Midyears will enroll in four courses including a first-year writing seminar. Courses will be offered by the Arcadia center and two local institutions in areas such as history, art history, literature, psychology, international relations, and economics. Students will participate in research workshops and discussion groups and tour renowned libraries.

In addition, students will participate in excursions in and around London and engage with your local environments through guided community service opportunities. Scholarships are available.



Philadelphia, USA

Philadelphia, USA

The Arcadia/Midyear in Philly program blends the opportunity to begin to explore the young professional world of Philadelphia while enrolling in courses designed to explore the city of Philadelphia by focusing on unique and diverse topics. Each work experience is customized by the program’s faculty and staff to help you to examine possible career paths and interests, introduce you to professional environments that will help guide your way as you begin college, and help you begin to understand the skills needed for school, life, and beyond. Your experience on the Midyear in Philly program will amplify your on-campus studies by providing you with the life experience and applied learning to put your studies into context and accelerate your transition to college.

The coursework, which is pre-articulated to count as transfer credit at Brandeis, will give you a glimpse of the focus on social justice you should expect to encounter when you arrive at Brandeis. Courses hone in on issues of racial, socioeconomic, and cultural justice that are increasingly important topics of conversation in the United States and around the world.