GSAS Programs

The language and communication demands at a top research university such as Brandeis are rigorous. Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences benefit from ELP support as they complete coursework, research, teaching and publications within their programs.

Any incoming GSAS student whose admission letter includes an English-language diagnostic exam requirement must take the ELP exam in order to determine if English language coursework is necessary during the first year of study. The diagnostic exam helps ELP accurately determine the level of English proficiency and whether a student will require language and communication support in order to be successful and have a positive overall experience at Brandeis. The exam takes place each August during GSAS Orientation and each January for midyear students. ELP will contact students with details prior to their program start date.

The courses offered will acculturate students to English-intensive graduate study and are in addition to the minimum of 12 credit hours of program coursework required each semester. Courses focus on English for academic purposes, integrated with graduate study skills needed at a major research university. Students receive credit/no credit for each of these one-credit courses, where credit is granted for satisfactory work and no credit is granted for unsatisfactory work. Credit is awarded if all requirements are met at an acceptable level and the student attends at least 90% of the class meetings.

GSAS students who do not place into mandatory ELP coursework may voluntarily enroll in these courses pending available space and ELP approval. Please contact Vinodini Murugesan, Executive Director of ELP, if you have questions or would like advice regarding English language courses.

Note to Brandeis International Business School, Heller Students

Currently, IBS and Heller School students are not eligible to take these ESL classes. You must be enrolled in a GSAS program at Brandeis in order to take one of these classes. Learn more about ELP’s programs for Brandeis International Business School and Heller School for Social Policy and Management students.