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Study Abroad Information - Requirements and Logistics


Study Abroad Timing  

Most Brandeis IBS students choose to go abroad in the fall semester of their second year in order to prevent scheduling conflicts with graduation in the spring. Depending on the career you are seeking, the Career Strategies Center may recommend that you choose to study abroad in the spring in order to be available for networking and applying for jobs. It’s important to note, however, that choosing to study abroad in the spring could result in grades not arriving early enough to graduate with your class. In such a case, you would be permitted to march with the class for commencement, but would receive your diploma by mail in August. There are benefits and drawbacks to choosing either semester. Each student needs to gather information, talk with their program advisor and career coach, and make their own decision. Several schools offer summer programming as well -- an option for those who are looking to study abroad for 3-6 weeks. 

Partner Universities & Visa Information  

We have partnerships with universities with 19 universities in 16 different countries. However, depending on your program and area of specialization/concentration, some schools may be a better match for you than others. Upon acceptance to an exchange program, you will receive information about their visa process. They will be able to help you with specific questions, as Brandeis IBS is not responsible for securing student visas to study abroad. 

Application Process and Deadlines  

Selection Process
A Study Abroad Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, takes many factors into consideration in selecting students for each particular partner school, including application, interview, degree program, career goals, transcript, and resume.

The application form for those interested in studying abroad can be found on Slate. 

2016-2017 Deadlines

Early November Study Abroad Fair
January 17 - February 13, 2017 Applications accepted
Late January Information session and discussion with returning exchange students
Late February - Early March Study Abroad Committee interviews
Mid March Notification of school assignments
Late March Deadline to accept/reject assignment*

Please note: No applications will be accepted after February 13.

*Assignments are not final until accepted by the student. Failing to respond by this date could result in forfeiting assignment.

Academic Requirements, Credits, and Courses  

Language Requirements
All of our partner universities offer courses taught in English, although the availability of English-language courses may vary. There are no specific language requirements to apply, but many partner schools offer intensive language courses for exchange students.

You must enroll in the equivalent of 3 full-semester courses (12 credits) at a minimum while studying abroad. A maximum of 16 credits can be transferred to your Brandeis IBS transcript. The number of courses can vary from school to school. You will work with the exchange coordinator to determine the most appropriate courses. Regardless of the credit assigned to the courses at your host institution, we will count one full-semester course as 4 credits and one half-semester course as 2 credits. 

While you are abroad, you will enroll in elective courses. While students have flexibility in their course selection, the courses must be within the fields of business, economics, or finance. Accommodations are made as necessary due to differences in academic programs from country to country. 

Transferring Grades from Study Abroad Programs
You may transfer up to 16 credits from a partner school to Brandeis IBS, regardless of the number of courses taken. You must receive a grade equivalent to a B- or better in your courses to transfer the grade. The grades you receive will not appear on your transcript, but the number of credits earned and the name of the exchange school will be listed. You will also receive a transcript from the host university. 

Tuition, Travel, Housing, and Health Resources  

Tuition/Living Expenses
Students who study under the auspices of the program at one of the affiliated partner universities continue to pay Brandeis tuition. Students also pay for living expenses, room and board, and personal expenses. Students receive a travel grant to help subsidize the cost of airfare to their destination and remain eligible for whatever financial aid they receive from Brandeis IBS. Please note that reimbursements cannot be issued until after July 1. 

You can submit a copy of your electronic ticket/receipt/itinerary online or to Alyssa Irizarry. 

Airfare Reimbursement Rates

For travel to: Maximum Reimbursement
Europe and Mexico 50% up to $450
South America 50% up to $550
Israel 50% up to $550
Asia and South Africa 50% up to $700

Health Insurance and Housing
Brandeis IBS students are required to have health insurance. In many cases, a partner university will accept your Brandeis health insurance; however, you must consult with the host university's health center to confirm. 

Some study abroad partners offer housing on a first-come first serve basis. Housing costs vary with schools and the housing information will be provided in the acceptance package sent from the exchange school. If the school does not offer housing, it should provide assistance in finding off-campus housing; contact the exchange school directly for more information. Students are responsible for all housing and living expenses during a study abroad semester.