International Applicants FAQs

Q. Does the Program accept International Students?
A. Yes. The International Student and Scholars Office has information regarding student visas, financial aid and work permits. Their website address is

Q. Are there additional entrance examinations for International Students?
A. Yes. The information below is taken from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Almost all international applicants (see paragraph below) must submit official test score results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic). Test scores should be less than two years old. An applicant should submit the application within two years of the test date to ensure that the testing agency will be able to send an official score report.

Students who are citizens of the following English-speaking countries, or who have graduated from an English-speaking university within these countries, are exempt from this requirement: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, and the United Kingdom.

Minimum Score Requirements for English Proficiency Exam
Minimum scores for each exam are:

  • 600 (paper-based TOEFL)
  • 250 (computer-based TOEFL)
  • 100 (internet-based TOEFL)
  • 7 (IELTS)
  • 68 (PTE)

Submitting an Official English Proficiency Score Report
Please note that your application will not be reviewed without official test scores submitted directly from the testing agencies. You should contact the testing agency and request that your official score report be sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The institution code for the TOEFL is 3261; IELTS and PTE do not require a code.

Overall, it can take up to three weeks from the date that you order your official scores to the date they are associated with your application. The materials checklist on your applicant status page will reflect receipt of the official scores once this happens.
Please do not upload, email, or mail any copies of your score reports.

Indicating that You Have a Future English Proficiency Exam Scheduled
In the Test Score section of the application, there is a link to add new test scores. Simply click on the “Add Test” link, select the appropriate test, and then enter a future test date, leaving the score fields blank. This will allow you to submit the application without scores for that specific test.

Please request that your official score report be sent to Brandeis GSAS once you have taken the test. When the official scores arrive, we will associate them with your application.

Q. Is Financial Aid available for International Students?
A. Again, additional information is available on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences International Student webpage.Master’s candidates may be eligible for merit scholarships and institutional need-based aid, dependent on the program to which they are applying. The International Application for Financial Aid will be available on the applicant status page upon submission of a master’s application and is also included with the master’s offer of admission if the program of interest offers need-based aid. For complete information about sources of funding, including loans, please visit our Financial Aid website.

Q. Can International Students be employed?
A. Regarding employment to subsidize a Brandeis education, regulations of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service limit strictly the amount of paid work that a student from abroad may do. The International Students and Scholars Office will provide further information regarding this issue.

Q. Do I need a VISA?
A. Yes, detailed information is available.