Midyear Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Brandeis University!

A combined maximum of four courses (16 credits) from external sources may be applied toward the 32 courses (128 credits) needed for graduation at Brandeis.

External sources include:

For students who applied for fall-term admission as freshmen, but who were accepted for the following spring term as members of the midyear class, these external credits may also be earned using:

Courses must be taken at accredited, degree-granting institutions from which the student will receive an official transcript. The courses must be generally equivalent to courses offered at Brandeis, and the grade received must be equivalent to at least a C-minus.

To request preapproval, please complete the online Midyear Course Petition form. The information needed to complete the form is: school name, school website, course name, course title, course description and the number of credits assigned to the course. If you are petitioning for General Chemistry, a course syllabus is also required. Once your petition is reviewed, you will receive a decision by email. 

If you are taking courses through the Arcadia London Midyear Program or the CET Florence Midyear Program then you do not have to complete this petition form. For more information on these programs, visit Overview of Midyear Programs.

After the fall semester is complete, students must mail an official transcript to the address below. Official electronic transcripts are also accepted and should be emailed to transfer@brandeis.edu. Any questions about Midyear transfer credit policies can also be sent to transfer@brandeis.edu.

Office of the University Registrar
Brandeis University
415 South Street, MS 068
Waltham, MA 02453

Please note: Credit is granted based on the principle of “Equivalent Course Load.” Please see below for a detailed explanation.

The Principle of Equivalent Course Load 

Brandeis does not measure progress towards the degree in terms of “semester hours” or “quarter hours.” Units such as these are converted to “semester courses” according to the formula below: