Open Doors Host Program

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The Open Doors Host Program is designed to help incoming first-year international students make a smooth transition into life as a student at Brandeis. To help new students feel welcome and supported, we match incoming students with a member of the Brandeis community who serves as a "host" for the student's first semester at Brandeis. It is our hope that participants will enjoy their relationship with each other so much that they will continue to stay in contact after the first semester.

Who are the Participants?

Hosts are members of the Brandeis community: upperclassman students, alumni, staff or faculty. The majority of them have lived in the Brandeis area for at least a year, and are an excellent source of information for making preparations for life at Brandeis. Open Doors hosts are more than just sources of information; they also offer a great opportunity to gain some insight into U.S. culture.

Students are Brandeis international first-years, coming from a wide range of countries. A first-year could be a transfer student, a student who participated in Brandeis' Gateway Scholars Program, or a brand new undergraduate or graduate student.

COVID Update

We feel that it's more important than ever to help our incoming international students feel connected to the Brandeis community during these difficult times, whether they're attending courses in person or virtually. As might be expected, this year's Open Doors will be largely virtual, as hosts and students might be physically distant during these difficult times. Still, we hope to foster connections and a sense of belonging to the Brandeis community in our incoming students, even if it is through virtual means. Hosts and students are able to participate even if they will not be in Waltham for the fall. The ISSO will do their best to support host and student matches with ideas for virtual activities they can take part in. There will be a welcome orientation in September for hosts and students to formally meet. Please check back for more information as we approach that time.

Brandeis only acts as a liaison and is not responsible for the conduct of the parties involved.