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Brandeis Summer School Online

Online Summer School Courses at Brandeis

How are online classes conducted?

Online courses at Brandeis are generally presented asynchronously using a structured calendar of readings, assignments, and interactions with classmates.  Generally, students do not need to be online in front of their computer at set days and times each week - instead, students have common course deadlines for completing the readings, submitting assignments, critiquing peer work, posting original and thoughtful contributions to online discussion forums, and replying to classmates.

We also limit the size of our online classes to ensure that every student is being heard in the course. Most online Brandeis summer classes have a maximum of 15 students, some of our online courses are even smaller.

Due to the popularity of online classes, we strongly recommend students complete the Online Orientation and register in Sage as soon as they are able. To learn more about the Online Orientation and how to obtain Permission Numbers to enroll in Sage, please see the "How do I register?" section below.

Skills students need to succeed in an online course

Students use and develop the following skillsets in our small online classes:

  • Strong reading and writing skills: our courses rely on written material, recorded video, and podcasted audio. In addition to weekly readings, course content may include weekly online “lecture notes,” supplemental readings, articles, case studies, and discussions. Students participate in the course through regular, written assignments, discussion posts, and project work.
  • Effective time-management skills: using the syllabus, weekly checklists, and an online calendar and assignments tool, students follow the course schedule and meet weekly assignment expectations. Students typically spend 18-22 hours per week per course.
  • Comfort with the technology: students learn to use online learning technology effectively and contact student support for technological help as soon as they encounter a problem. All online summer courses are based within the Brandeis LATTE system, the University's online learning environment

What courses are being offered online?

Visit our course listings page. Then, to find the online classes, use the "Choose which sessions to display" filter at the top of the page to select "Session 0" (Online) to view just the courses that will be offered online.

How do I register? How do I get enrolled in the Online Orientation?

To ensure students understand the rigor and demands of a summer online course, students are required to complete a free, self-paced orientation to online learning course before being allowed to register. Your path to enrollment differs if you are an existing Brandeis student, or if you are a visiting student.


If you are a Brandeis student, you can be enrolled in this online orientation in LATTE by e-mailing summerschool@brandeis.edu with your name and the course number(s) of the online course(s) you wish to enroll in once you complete the orientation. We will then enroll you in the orientation and email you directions for accessing it.

At the end of the online orientation you will be asked to complete a "Readiness for Online Learning pledge" that you have completed the course and are ready for workload of an online class. Once that pledge is submitted, the Summer School will email you with Permission Numbers to use in Sage to enroll in your chosen online class(es). This Permission Number does not guarantee a spot in your course(s). You must complete registration in Sage to secure your seat.

Online classes are very popular so we encourage you to register in Sage as soon as you receive your Permission Numbers.


If you are a visiting student, you'll first need to create a Brandeis student record. Once you have a Sage Student ID number and UNet (University Network) account, email summerschool@brandeis.edu with your name and the course number(s) of the online course(s) you wish to enroll in we can enroll you in the free, self-paced online orientation in our LATTE system (our course websites).

At the end of the online orientation you will be asked to complete a "Readiness for Online Learning pledge" that you have completed the course and are ready for workload of an online class. Once that pledge is submitted, the Summer School will email you with Permission Numbers to use in Sage to enroll in your chosen online class(es). This Permission Number does not guarantee a spot in your course(s). You must complete registration in Sage to secure your seat. Online classes are very popular so we encourage you to register in Sage as soon as you receive your Permission Numbers.

As a visiting student, you'll also want to review this information about being a visiting student at Brandeis. And to help you transfer your online course to your home college or university, we also make it easy for you to find and view transcripts of all of our summer courses.

Online classes are very popular so we encourage you to register in Sage as soon as you receive your Permission Numbers.

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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.