Limits on Summer Enrollment

Summer School courses are part of your regular Brandeis undergraduate record; just like classes taken in the Fall or the Spring terms. The count toward your GPA. credits toward the 128 credits needed to graduate, and toward major, minor, and graduation requirements.

Brandeis students may take up to a maximum of 12 credit hours (three 4-credit courses OR two 4-credit courses and two 2-credit labs) in a single summer term. The limit on credit hours earned in a single summer also includes credits from any other source if the intent is to use those credits for the purpose of addressing any degree or major requirement.

Within the Brandeis Summer School, there is a maximum of 8 credits in a single summer session (Session 1 or Session 2). 

Students can take as little as one class, up to the maximum of 12 credits. For students who wish to earn the maximum 12 credits the following enrollment patterns are possible:

  • One course in Session I, one course in Session II, and one course in Session O (10-week online) 
  • One course in Session I and two courses in Session II
  • Two courses in Session I and one course in Session II
  • One course and one lab in each of Session I and Session II
  • Zero courses in Session I, two courses in Session II, and one course in Session O
  • Two courses in Session I, zero courses in Session II and one course in Session O
  • Zero courses in Session I, one courses in Session II, and two courses in Session O
  • One courses in Session I, zero courses in Session II and two courses in Session O 
  • Three courses in Session O.

Any other proposed combination of courses are subject to petition to the Summer School.  A review of the petitioner’s academic record would be used.  The Committee on Academic Standing would review cases where a student wishes to take more than 12 credits. Please note: this is highly discouraged and unlikely to be approved.

Please review Residency requirements to insure that your academic plans are sound. 

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Summer 2021

We're busy planning Summer 2021! Take a look at our 2020 summer classes to get an idea of the classes we typically offer (courses change each summer). Let us know if there are classes you'd like to see offered!

Summer 2020 was online

Due to COVID-19, all Brandeis Summer School classes were online for Summer 2020. There were two models of instruction 5-week synchronous "remote learning" and 10-week asynchronous online courses. We are not certain if we will be having classes on-campus this summer, but will update students as soon as we know.