Brandeis International Business School

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

Can I visit the Admissions Office at this time?

We regret that we cannot welcome prospective students to our Admissions Office at this time, but in light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, we feel that this is the best decision for the health and safety of our community.

We encourage you to schedule a Skype or phone call with a member of the Admissions team until we can welcome visitors to campus again.

Can I still apply for Fall 2020?

We will continue to accept applications for Fall 2020 admission through July 1.

My test dates for the TOEFL/IELTS have been canceled. How can I submit proof of English proficiency?

The International Business School is temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test for Fall 2020 applicants. The Duolingo English Test can be taken online. For more information, and to take the test, please visit

Additionally, in certain regions ETS is providing an option for students to take the TOEFL iBT® test at home online. The TOEFL testing is scheduled to begin on March 26, and ETS is waiving all rescheduling fees. For additional details, please refer to ETS's website.

I am having difficulty taking the GRE/GMAT test. What do I do?

Due to disruptions to testing centers around the globe, we understand many applicants have experienced difficulty fulfilling the GMAT/GRE test score requirement. While we value the GMAT/GRE test score as one aspect of our holistic application review and encourage those with a test score to submit one, we will be waiving the GMAT/GRE requirement for Fall 2020 applications.

Admitted Students

How will COVID-19 affect the visa process?

We encourage students to begin the visa application process as soon as they submit their Enrollment Form and deposit. Doing so allows international students to begin the Visa Information/Declaration of Finance (VIDOF) process, which is necessary to generate an I-20. Please be aware that there are parts of the world in which consulates may be closed or may not be offering visa services at this time, and we anticipate students may encounter delays in visa processing. We recommend students complete the VIDOF process as soon as they are able so that when consulates re-open, they are prepared. If students are currently attending a U.S. school and have F-1 status, they should be able to transfer their visa sponsorship from their current school to Brandeis. If students are currently attending a U.S. school and are have a different immigration status, we encourage you to contact the International Students and Scholars Office at to discuss the options.

How will COVID-19 affect the process of securing housing?

Brandeis will be making decisions about the status of the Fall 2020 semester as more information becomes available regarding federal- and state-level COVID-19 guidelines. We will make sure to communicate those decisions as soon as they have been made. 

Should you have questions about your off-campus housing search, please contact Steven Weglinski at It is our hope that we can work together as a community to meet each other's needs during such a unique and difficult time. For all updates and resources regarding COVID, please view the Brandeis COVID FAQ website.

Will courses be online in the fall?

Brandeis will be operating in the fall, though we are still determining whether our classes will be delivered in-person, remotely, or in a hybrid format. The university plans to share its final decision about fall operations by early July.

If coursework is online in the fall, we encourage students to start their program online. If students would prefer to wait to begin their studies, we also offer students the option to defer their admission to Spring 2021 or Fall 2021.

If the fall courses are online, will the tuition change?

The university is considering tuition adjustments as part of its scenario planning, and we will share information about any tuition adjustments when final decisions about fall operations are announced by early July.

I am an international student. If I start my program in Spring 2021 instead of Fall 2021, will I still be eligible for CPT during my program?

Should you begin your program in the spring instead of the fall, you would be eligible for CPT in the fall semester after completing two full-time semesters in the spring and summer