Study Abroad Timing
Partner Universities & Visa Information
We have partnerships with universities with 18 universities in 15 different countries. However, depending on your program and area of specialization, 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
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 résumé.
The application form for those interested in studying abroad can be found here.
|November 20||Study Abroad Fair|
|January 12 - February 1||Applications accepted|
|Mid-January||Discussion with returning exchange students|
|Early-February||Study Abroad Committee interviews|
|End of February||Notification of school assignments|
|March 1||Deadline to accept/reject assignment*|
Please note: No applications will be accepted after February 1.
*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
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. Once you have selected your courses, you must complete a Learning Agreement and submit it to Brandeis IBS Student Services for approval.
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
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 Matt Rocker.
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. In addition, you will need to contact the Brandeis University health center for a health insurance verification form.
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.