Brandeis Summer School Online

Online Summer School Courses at Brandeis

What is the difference between 5-week Session 1 and Session 2 courses and 10-week Session O (online)

5-week online Session 1 and 2 courses will be conducted as "remote learning" in which classes meet in real time via Zoom and webcams to replicate the experience a student would have if seated in a classroom. There will also be significant "out of class" work and assignments in the course website in LATTE.

10-week online Session O course at Brandeis are generally presented asynchronously using a common 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 shared course deadlines for completing the readings, watching and creating videos, submitting assignments, critiquing peer work, posting original and thoughtful contributions to online discussion forums, and replying to classmates.

When should I register for online summer courses?

Due to the popularity of online classes, we strongly recommend students register in Sage as soon as they are able. Before registration opens, Brandeis students may want to review their Sage account and make sure they do not have a hold that could prevent registration. Many online courses fill to capacity quickly! To learn more about registration, 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 in a 10-week course and 36-44 hours per week in a 5-week course including the live "remote learning" class meetings.

  • 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. Remote learning courses will utilize Zoom. Many courses will also use other online tools, like the creation of videos, sharing of files, development of Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs, as well as specialized programs developed for the subject matter.

What courses are being offered in the 10-week session online and which are offered in the 5-week sessions?

Visit our course listings page. Then, to find the 10-week asynchronous 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 10-week asynchronous online.  The 5-week "remote learning" courses will be listed as Session 1 or Session 2 along with the dates and times of the online class meetings.

How do I register? 

All registration will take place in the Brandeis records system called Sage.  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, when summer registration opens the Brandeis Summer School will email all students who have signed up for our email list, with announcements on social media and all-student emails to follow. Registration will open at the end of April. Because of the popularity of online classes, many online classes will fill up. Students may wish to make sure they don't have any holds on their Sage account that might prevent registration. A step-by-step guide to registration in Sage can be found here.

After you have registered in Sage, students enrolled in the 10-week asynchronous courses will also need to complete a free, self-paced orientation to online learning course before their class begins. Once you enroll in Sage the Summer School Office will enroll you in the Online Orientation. The Summer School will email you when you are enrolled and send you directions on how to access the orientation.

There is no online learning orientation for students in the 5-week "remote learning" classes. However, curious students who want to take the orientation may email summerschool@brandeis.edu for access to the self-paced course in LATTE.


If you are a visiting student, you'll first need to fill out online form to create a new Brandeis student record. (Form has been removed as summer classes have already begun)

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. Once you have a Sage Student ID number and UNet (University Network) account, you will be able to use your UNet logins to register in Sage. A step-by-step guide to registration in Sage can be found here

After you have registered in Sage, students enrolled in the 10-week asynchronous courses will also need to complete a free, self-paced orientation to online learning course before their class begins. Once you enroll in Sage the Summer School Office will enroll you in the Online Orientation. The Summer School will email you when you are enrolled and send you directions on how to access the orientation in LATTE (our online course management system).

There is no online learning orientation for students in the 5-week "remote learning" classes. However, curious students who want to take the orientation may email summerschool@brandeis.edu for access to the self-paced course in LATTE.

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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.