Study Abroad

A street in Morocco


Brandeis provides many options for students majoring or minoring in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. IMES students may choose to take advantage of the great Brandeis-approved programs offered all over the Middle East to bolster their language skills, gain important cross-cultural perspectives, and learn about the politics of the region. This page contains information that will assist IMES students with determining how to integrate study abroad into their Brandeis careers.

Sample of Approved Programs with IMES Coursework

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer IMES coursework. There you can filter options to search for unique program traits like internships or research.
Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where IMES courses may be available.

IMES Study Abroad Liaison

To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Study Abroad Liaison. As every department has different policies regarding credit from abroad, the Study Abroad Liaison can assist you with guidance on major/minor credit. Find the Study Abroad Liaison for IMES here.

Receiving Credit in IMES

Students wishing to receive credit in IMES for coursework done off-campus during the academic year should discuss these plans with the Study Abroad Liaison. All students as part of their application process for either a summer or semester term abroad will be required to have a course proposal reviewed by the department if they wish to receive credit in that major/minor. For the semester, this is an initial conversation and students should continue to discuss plans with the department as they have more course information (syllabi, etc.). For the summer, courses are pre-approved. Upon return, semester students should complete the Petition to Request Substitution for a Requirement form for final and formal review. 


The Crown Center for Middle East Studies offers summer travel and study grants of up to $3,000 to current first years, sophomores, and juniors. Any field of study may be considered but the research must be related to the Middle East. The deadline is in March.

The Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grants are competitive grants of $2500 each, awarded to undergraduates from any Brandeis department pursuing academic or career interests in Israel.

The Department of State's Critical Language Scholarships provide funding for intensive overseas summer study of "critical need" languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Indic (Bangla, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu), Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish. The deadline is typically in the Fall.