Brandeis has been a welcoming place for international students since its inception in 1948. Our commitment to the international community was enhanced in 1958 with the establishment of the Wien International Scholarship Program, an extensive grant program that awards deserving students based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. Throughout our history, we have valued the energy, perspective and enthusiasm that the international student population brings towards enhancing campus life.

Download an accessible PDF of the international student guide.

Applying to Brandeis University

If you are an international student applying as a first-year student, the following are the required components of your Brandeis application:

  1. Completed application: Submit your Brandeis undergraduate application. The application includes a personal statement or essay.
  2. Transcripts: Official copies of all high school transcripts as well as marks from any externally graded national exams. If the original documents are not in English, please submit both original documents as well as English translations. Transcripts must include official grades from all years of secondary school to complete this required component. Also, applicants still enrolled in school are expected to submit a mid-year report from their final year which includes grades for all classes. For Early Decision, I students, first quarter or first trimester grades will fulfill this requirement.
  3. Standardized test scores or a graded analytical paper: International applicants should review our Test-Optional Policy to select the testing option they feel best represents their academic abilities. 
  4. English Proficiency: International students for whom English is not their native language should submit results of an English proficiency exam. Students have the choice of submitting scores from one of the following exams:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Duolingo English Test (DET)
    • Applicants who, for four or more years, have attended a high school where the full academic curriculum is in English are exempt from this requirement.
    • Applicants applying directly from United World College (UWC) campuses are also exempt from this requirement.
  5. A letter of recommendation from a teacher who has instructed you in a core academic course (Math, Science, History, Foreign Language, or English).
  6. School profile and a letter of recommendation from a secondary school official.
  7. Financial documentation:

If you are not applying for Financial Aid, you must submit:

  • The Certification of Finances for International Students via your DEISconnect portal
  • Supporting financial documentation, demonstrating the funds that the family will contribute to the applicant’s education for the first year of study.

If you are applying for financial aid, you must submit:

  • CSS Profile
  • Supporting financial documentation, demonstrating the funds that the family can contribute to the applicant’s education for the first year of study. Examples are statements of earnings from employers, certification of finances from banks or other financial institutions, or tax returns if available.

Other Requirements and Information

  • If you are applying as an Early Decision I or Early Decision II applicant you are also required to submit a completed Early Decision Agreement Form.
  • If you have been out of high school for a year or more, and are applying for first-year admission, please submit a brief statement explaining what you have been doing since graduating from high school.
  • We encourage international applicants to visit Brandeis and, if possible, schedule an interview with an admissions representative.

Gateway Program

The Brandeis Gateway Scholars Program was developed to provide international students with the high level of English necessary to be successful in the challenging academic program at Brandeis. These students will join the Brandeis community in July and take courses focused on developing skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students will also visit many museums and historical sites in and around Boston.

Upon completion of the summer session, Gateway Scholars will participate in first-year orientation before beginning the fall semester. In the fall, scholars will take a combination of undergraduate courses and Gateway English courses. Upon completion of the program, students will continue with a full undergraduate curriculum in the spring.

Students interested in the Gateway Scholars Program should apply to Brandeis using the regular admissions process. Applicants determined to be a good fit for the Gateway Scholars Program will be selected by the Admissions Committee.

For more information, visit the Gateway Scholars Program website.

About Interviews for International Students

Brandeis encourages international students to interview with InitialView or Vericant. These are third-party services that conduct interviews in-person and via an online video platform in China and many other countries. The deadline for submitting the interview is November 15 for Early Decision I and January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision.

Alternatively, Brandeis offers Skype interviews for international students who do not have the access to InitialView or Vericant platforms. A limited number of Skype interviews are available through the Office of Admissions after you have submitted your application. We will contact students directly to schedule interviews.