Academic Year Admission for Non-Degree U.S. Students

Brandeis University offers students who are not currently enrolled at another college or university the opportunity to take Brandeis classes during the fall and spring term as part-time commuting or online students on a space-available basis.

Special Students must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent. On a space available basis, you may be eligible to enroll in one or two courses per semester in the fall or spring terms through our office. Students will have special-student status as a non-degree student.

If you are currently enrolled as a student at another college or university and would like to be a full-time visiting student, please visit the Office of Admissions.

Current high school students who wish to take a course during the fall or spring term should contact the Office of Precollege Programs.

Please note:

Registration Process

  1. Students should first find a class they would like to take. The link for spring 2021 classes coming soon! (Use the drop down menu at the top to change between subject areas and semesters).

  2. Special Students are limited to a maximum of 8 credits, so a Special Student may take one or two four-credit classes.

    • After finding a class, Special Students should consult the course description on the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes or the University Bulletin to see if there are prerequisites for the course.

    • Prerequisites and corequisites for upper-level classes ensure that students enter a class with shared knowledge of the subject area before tackling more advanced concepts.

  3. Review the Academic Calendar for the term.

  4. Secure your finances for the course. Tentative tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:

$6,918 Course tuition per 4-credit course
+ $923 Mandatory Undergraduate Fee per term

TOTAL: $7,841 for one 4-credit course or $14,206 for two 4-credit courses

As a part-time Special Student, financial aid is not available. Also, since this program is part-time, Special Students do not qualify for, or receive, visa assistance.

  1. Apply to be a Special Student by filling out a Special Student Application (Link for spring 2021 coming soon). As part of this application you are asked to have either your high school or college transcript sent to us (see application for more information).

Special Information for International Students Who Are Already in the U.S.

International students seeking Special Student status should note that Brandeis University is unable to issue or sponsor student visas as the Special Student program does not meet the full-time enrollment definition set forth by the Department of Homeland Security required for the student visa status.

For individuals who are in the U.S. in another nonimmigrant visa status (non-U.S. Citizens, non-U.S. Permanent Residents/Green Card holders), participation in courses as a Special Student should be within the terms of the visa status for which you are presently in the U.S.

It is the responsibility of the student to make certain they may take courses under their current visa status. Please check first with the sponsor of your visa (current college or university or current employer) to make sure you would not violate the terms of your visa by taking a class as a Special Student.

Financial aid is not available for non-degree students.