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For over 40 years, the Summer School Program at Brandeis University has made it possible for both Brandeis undergraduates and guest students to access to University’s the academic riches with on-campus courses offered in two five-week summer sessions. As an open admission program, anyone who has completed their high school degree is eligible to enroll in courses for which they have the preparation. 

In recent years our summer offerings have expanded include a selection of online summer courses offered over the full span of the ten-week summer session. Students can be anywhere in the world, pursuing work, internships, tourism, or volunteerism and still earn college-credit at Brandeis.  

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Building on our experience orienting student to the Brandeis campus quickly and smoothly, we permit qualified individuals explore the depth and breadth of the Brandeis curriculum in pursuit of their needs and interests. Designed for adults and students who are not currently pursuing full-time study, whether due to work or other constraints, the Continuing Studies Special Student Program permits student to take one or two courses per semester on a space available basis
Our newest endeavor, specially designed, experiential summer programs known as Justice Brandeis Semesters.  Applications for these programs are accepted January to April.
What’s your interest?  We may have a pathway of bringing Brandeis to you!

About Brandeis

Characterized by academic excellence since its founding in 1948, Brandeis is one of the youngest private research universities, as well as the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university, in the country.

Named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis University combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college.

Brandeis is ranked in the top tier of the nation's universities and supports an innovative and exciting program of learning that emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and the solution of real-life problems.

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The Office of Summer and Continuing Studies 

The Brandeis Summer School is an open admission program offering courses and special summer programs for college-level credit. Small classes taught by experienced and dedicated Brandeis faculty members are the hallmark of summer offerings. We provide the opportunity to experience innovative course formats, such as online offerings or evening and extended sessions, to accommodate work and other summer activities.

Our Continuing Studies program allows students and adult learners to explore academic interests on a part-time basis as Special Students.  Special Students may take one or two classes during the Fall and Spring Term as part-time commuting students on a space-available basis.  Special Students must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and are not currently enrolled at another college or university.

About the Brandeis Campus

Brandeis University is located just nine miles from Boston in the beautiful suburban town of Waltham, Massachusetts.  Our location west of Boston is ideal for students looking to take summer classes without the hassle of driving into the city and fighting for parking in Boston.

The campus is located a short drive from the major highways of Route 128 and I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike).  Once a student has enrolled in Summer School, they are eligible to receive a free summer parking permit that allows them to park in specific lots on campus.

Customize your driving directions with Google maps or view an interactive campus map.

There is also an MBTA Commuter Rail station that borders the campus (Brandeis/Roberts Station on the Fitchburg/South Acton line. See MBTA commuter rail schedules).

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Registration is now open for 2019 summer classes

Review our 2019 course offerings and use your summer wisely! Focus on a challenging course, fulfill prerequisites, discover a new major or minor, and make progress toward graduation.

Once you've selected your summer classes, use our helpful step-by-step guide to summer registration to navigate Sage and enroll in classes.

Online Summer Classes

If your summer plans take you away from Waltham, you can still earn Brandeis credits and continue your degree progress by taking an online summer course. Presented over 10-weeks in the summer, online courses give you the flexibility to balance your summer work, travel, family commitments and social life.