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Brandeis Precollege Online Program

Explore your interests before college

If you have a passion for a certain subject and would like to explore it before college, here is your chance. The Brandeis Precollege Online Program offers courses, designed for high school students ages 13 and up. Each course features video lectures by Brandeis faculty and live sessions with University mentors. The program is available year-round, and the online format lets you study anywhere, anytime at your own pace.

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Brandeis Precollege Online Program

Program Dates

Multiple 2- and 4-week sessions.


For students completing grades 9—12, ages 13+.



Current courses available:

Civil Litigation

Civil Litigation: Go Behind the Scenes of a Lawsuit

Experience what it’s like to work for a law firm. In this course, you’ll help prepare a case, interview the client, and argue the merits of a dispute based on previous legal rulings. If you are thinking about a future in the law, this course is for you. Taught through video lectures by Rosalind Kabrhel, Chair of the Legal Studies Program at Brandeis University and supplemented by live sessions with University mentors.

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Environmental Science

Climate Change: Inside the Science and Advocacy

Do you see challenges in your neighborhood where the environment is being harmed? Want to know how to make a scientifically-informed argument for change? Do you know your household’s carbon footprint? If you’re interested in STEM, ecology, or future study in the sciences, this course is a great choice. Taught through video lectures by Brandeis professors and supplemented by live sessions with University mentors.

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Women's Health

Women's Health: Biology and Wellness

What makes women’s anatomy unique? What role does reproduction play? What about hormones, fertility, aging, and the particular diseases that affect women? Take a tour of women’s biology. Learn their hurdles to obtaining healthcare. If you’re interested in pre-med, STEM or the sciences, this course is for you. Taught through video lectures by Brandeis professors and supplemented by live sessions with University mentors.

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Global Health

Global Health: When the World Gets Sick

Why do some diseases spread worldwide, while others remain local? How do such illnesses affect economics, politics and human rights? What can you do to lobby for more effective and just treatment? This course offers a multi-faceted look at global health and teaches persuasive writing techniques, so that you can lobby for change. If you are interested in medicine, STEM, or advocacy, you’ll want to be part of this course.

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How You Will Benefit

  • Online immersion makes courses available throughout the year — pick a subject that fits your passion and your schedule
  • Suitable for high school students ages 13 and up — so you can start exploring your interests early on
  • Experience what it’s like to take a course designed by Brandeis University faculty while you’re still in high school
  • Lectures by professors are delivered through videos so that you can tune in whenever your schedule allows — the ultimate in flexibility
  • Work with University mentors in live sessions to get the most out of your studies
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Brandeis University

3 Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Project

All online immersion courses culminate in a special project that allows you to:

  • Demonstrate what you've learned in a presentation
  • Get feedback from your mentors on your work
  • Choose from a variety of topics covered in your course to show what you’ve learned 
  • Use any media you prefer— text, video, photography, PowerPoint


You’ll receive guidance from a University mentor through live group sessions. Mentors answer questions and offer support as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  •  Encouragement and direction on all assignments 
  •  Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you excel in your studies 
  • Brainstorming and ideation help as you prepare for your final project


  • 100% online, works with your schedule
  • Asynchronous: you’ll learn through video lectures. Tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 25 - 30 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support from University mentors
  • Meet fellow students online from around the world

How to Apply

how to apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following in English:

  1. Basic contact information for you and your parent or guardian.
  2. Why you wish to take this course, and a bit of your story. 
  3. You can tell us about yourself through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer.

 Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will you be graded? What are assignments like? How much time do you get to turn around a project? When do you find out if you're accepted? Answers to your questions here.

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Want to study on campus?

Brandeis University offers a variety of residential courses throughout the summer that allow Precollege students to engage in the rigors of academics at a world-class university, and join a vibrant community of people interested and engaged in some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Learn More About the On Campus Study