Academic Year Admission for Non-degree US 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 1-2 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 High School Programs.

Please note:

  • Special-student status is subject to approval on an individual and semester basis. Students whose academic performance does not meet Brandeis standards may be denied permission to register for a second semester. 
  • Special Students are allowed to take 1-2 classes as commuting students only.  On-campus housing is not available.
  • Because Special Students are part-time students, financial aid is not available.
  • Courses with limited enrollment or instructor consent required may be more difficult to enroll in, so early registration for these classes is recommended. 
  • International students who are in the U.S. under the terms of a visa, should see the Special Information for International Students below.

Registration process:

1)  Students should first find a class they would like to take.  Classes can be found at the link below (use the drop down menu at the top to change between subject areas and semesters):

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

2)  After finding a class, special students should consult the course description on the Registrar's Schedule of Classes or the Brandeis Bulletin to see if there are prerequisites for the course.  The Brandeis Bulletin can be found at:

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.  The Academic Calendar can be found at:

4) Secure your finances for the course.  Tentative tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year are as follow:

                   $6,916  Course tuition per 4-credit course
               +     $945  Mandatory Undergraduate Fee per term
    TOTAL     $7,861 for one 4-credit courses or $14,777 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.

5) Apply to be a special student by filling out a Special Student Application. Email for the application. 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). 

6) Send your completed Special Student Application to:

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.

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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.