Application Process & Deadlines

You will need to complete two applications for study abroad (except for DIS program applicants) in order to be eligible to study off-campus:

Brandeis Study Abroad Application Deadline

Note: Applications not completed by the above deadline will not be accepted.

Application Decision Notification

The study abroad application decisions will be posted in early-March. The Study Abroad Application Review Committee will review each application and consider it in terms of the selection criteria. Once the Committee has reached its decision, you will receive an email notifying you to log into your online Brandeis Study Abroad account and read your decision letter.

Application Overview

The Brandeis application consists of the following pieces:

Material Submissions

1. The Academic Proposal of Study is a form that should be printed, filled out, and turned in to the Office of Study Abroad by the application deadline.  The Academic Proposal of Study is integral in demonstrating your academic preparedness for study abroad.  In order for the document to be considered complete, you will need to submit the following:

  • Proposal of study and course choices for your primary and alternate study abroad program(s)

  • Study Abroad Faculty Liaison signature(s)

Please note that you must meet with the Faculty Liaison for AT LEAST ONE of your majors by the application deadline, so plan ahead!

2. External Program Advisor Approval (Fall and Academic Year students; spring applicants will complete this at a later date)

As part of the external application process, many study abroad programs have either an electronic or paper Study Abroad Advisor Approval / Home School Nomination form that requires a signature from our office before you will be accepted to their program. Please list Alisha Cardwell ( as the advisor/staff member who will receive the form.


Signature Documents

3. An Application Photo is also required for the Brandeis Online Application. The photo must be a formal passport-style or ID photo which meets the following requirements:

  • Color photo | Clear photo of your head and shoulders | Solid background | Properly sized and oriented in the proper direction | Can be taken expressly for this purpose with your phone or can be cropped from another photo

The following will not be accepted:

  • Black and white photos | Graduation portraits | Scans of your actual passport photo

The photo will only be used for internal identification purposes and in the event of an emergency.

4. Declared All intended Major(s) / Minor(s)

An important piece of your Brandeis Study Abroad Application is the requirement that you declare your Major(s) / Minor(s). Your application will be considered incomplete without a declared Major. By having your Major(s) / Minor(s) declared you'll be able to have a fuller conversation with your faculty about your programs' requirements and ensure you understand how courses taken abroad will count towards your academic career at Brandeis.

In order to declare your major, please visit this webpage on the Registrar's website.

5. External Application Submitted - Fall and Academic Year

Fall and Academic Year applicants are required to submit their external program applications by the Brandeis deadline (your program deadline may come earlier).

6. Study Abroad Funding Workshop

This online workshop will help explain some of the billing, budgeting, and financial processes, resources, and implications of studying abroad.

7. The Statement of Agreement is your acknowledgement of awareness of Brandeis study abroad policies and procedures.

8. Cultural Integration Statement is your acknowledgement and awareness of Brandeis' philosophy and policies on cultural integration, traveling during your program, and housing requirements.


9. The Application Statements for Brandeis Study Abroad. Students will be asked to answer:

  • Study Abroad Application Statements

    1. Academics Abroad (250-300 words)

      • What are your academic and intellectual goals for study abroad?

      • Why do the courses you proposed on your Academic Proposal of Study form interest you and how do they complement your studies at Brandeis?

      • What do you know about the academic environment of your program and why is this the best match for you academically? (For example, are you taking courses in a large lecture hall or in small, field-based courses?)

    2. Culture and Location (250-300 words)

      • What differences do you expect to encounter between your culture and your prospective host culture?

      • Talk about one unique thing you now know about your new host city/location? How do you plan to explore this thing more?

      • How do you plan to engage in the culture or program? How will you integrate yourself as a new resident of your city/program and move beyond being a tourist?
    3. Reflection and Preparation (250-300 words)

      • If you could jump ahead in time, what do you hope you gained from studying abroad? Please consider discussing skills, connections/relationships, personal growth, professional growth, and cultural appreciation.

      • Think about your identities (race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, ability, religion, socioeconomic status, etc.) and how you understand these aspects of your self. How might these identities be impacted by or impact your study abroad experience?

      • What do you believe will be your biggest challenge while abroad? What will you do to prepare for this challenge and how will you manage it while abroad?
    4. Term of Study Rationale

      • An effort will be made to accommodate each approved applicant's choice of term. Answers to this question will help the committee make the determination between semesters. Please note that the fall semester typically has fewer applications and thus higher approval rates. You are encouraged to learn more about the benefits of studying abroad during a fall semester, please review the Fall Abroad webpage or speak with study abroad advising staff.

    5. Academic and Judicial Standing

      • Have you ever been cited for academic or judicial misconduct at Brandeis University or your home institution

    6. Indication of an Alternate Program

      • Indicate Yes or No - applying for an alternate program is optional.

      • If yes, complete the following:

        • Why are you requesting an alternate program for approval? Why this program?

        • What are you academic and intellectual goals for this off-campus study program?

        • Talk about one thing you now know about this second host city/location? Or if it's the same location, tell us about a second thing you've learned?

        • Thinking of past challenges you've overcome, what specific skills did you learn and how will you apply them to challenges you may face abroad on this specific program or while in this location? Please consider challenges like managing transitions, finances, academic differences, language barriers, and homesickness.

10. Emergency contact: a parent/guardian we can reach in the event of an emergency.


11. A Funding and/or Financial Aid Quiz is required to ensure you understood the details of the Study Abroad Funding Virtual Workshop.


12. A recommendation from a Brandeis faculty member will only be required for specific programs.  In this case, in the online application you can email a request for a Brandeis faculty member to fill out a recommendation form.  However, since this email is automatically generated through the on-line system, we suggest that you first personally contact your recommender and inform them that they will receive the email request from the Office of Study Abroad.

For tips on requesting a recommendation, please see this handout.

Required Reading

13. Study Abroad Scholarships is a required reading which provides a starting point on researching study abroad scholarships. Since many scholarship deadlines approach quickly and can vary by programs, it is helpful to begin this process early.

Please schedule an appointment with the Office of Study Abroad if you would like to open a study abroad application. More information regarding the sections of the application are below but further information is available inside your individual Brandeis online study abroad account.