Questions regarding programs' response to COVID-19 should be directed to Arcadia and CET regarding their specific programs. Since Midyear students do not begin at Brandeis until January 2021, students participate in these programs pre-matriculation and therefore are subject to the rules and procedures laid out by Arcadia and CET. Although Brandeis University has suspended fall 2020 study abroad programs and is prohibiting travel this fall semester, the decision whether to participate in a program before matriculation at Brandeis is one to be made by a student and their family in consultation with their program. Should a student decide to participate in a Midyear Abroad program, Brandeis may not be able to provide assistance, financial, logistical, or other, for your return home should circumstances require it. Students who do choose to participate on a Midyear Abroad program in fall 2020 will still be eligible for credit for that program under the standard academic guidelines, including if the program offers courses in a virtual format.
The programs are run by Arcadia University and CET Academic Programs; coursework from the fall Midyear programs has been evaluated by the Office of Study Abroad and has been approved to transfer as credit to Brandeis University. Students must receive a grade of C- or better for a course to transfer. These programs are partners with Brandeis University and Brandeis has sent members of the junior class on similar programs run by these partners for many years.
Yes, all incoming Brandeis first-years are required to take the online writing assessment before they arrive at Brandeis. You will also sign up for a UWS course for the spring semester. During course registration in the fall you will be able to remove this course.
Each program offers a limited number of scholarships that you may be eligible for. For more information about scholarships for a particular program, please contact that program.
Please contact the relevant program staff member (listed at the left) to discuss your eligibility for each program and the way in which current visa and travel restrictions may impact your ability to participate.
While the courses you take may count towards a major in the long run, it is recommended that first-years concentrate on completing Brandeis Core Requirements. It will not be possible to know if a course counts towards a major until you've completed the course and arrived on campus. If you have more questions, please speak with an advisor in Study Abroad.
Brandeis has identified specific courses from these programs for transfer. Not all courses abroad are appropriate for transfer and any questions should be directed to the the study abroad staff. All students must follow regulations related to transfer credit as outlined by the Office of the Registrar. General information about transfer credits as it pertains to Midyear students is available on the Registrar's website.
“I wanted to really push myself my first semester by doing something far outside of my comfort zone, so I chose to go to Italy!”
Zach Trotz ’18