Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, all of these courses are non-credit-bearing courses from Brandeis University designed specifically for high school students. Brandeis faculty design the course curricula and teach the courses in pre-recorded videos. Students earn a Certificate of Completion from Brandeis University for each course completed.
- These courses are designed especially for high school or U.S.-high-school-equivalent students, including those who are taking a “gap year” between high school and college. Students should be between 13 and 19 years old, not yet enrolled in college, and no more than 1 year post-high school graduation (“gap year”).
- This course is not intended for college students or adults.
- We are unable to accept students under 13 years of age.
- Yes, these courses are designed to be 100% flexible between your start and end dates. The lesson content is asynchronous, meaning you study whenever you’d like, and the live mentor office hours are offered frequently throughout the program. Office hours are optional: While we recommend students participate in live meetings with course mentors, attendance is not a requirement for completion.
- Since no live meetings or specific study times are required, you can plan your course time around your other commitments as long as you have ~30 total hours to devote to the course between the start and end dates of your chosen cohort/session.
- Reach out to us at email@example.com or click on the blue button at the bottom of this page to submit your question or request. If there is a space available in other cohorts, we will work with you to find one that best fits your schedule.
- We accommodate schedule changes whenever possible and are usually able to do so. However, it is best to contact us as soon as you know you need to make a change, as we cannot guarantee session changes within two weeks of your start date.
Yes, the lesson content is asynchronous, so you can participate from any time zone. Mentor office hours are offered most frequently in U.S. time zones (U.S. PT/MT/CT/ET), but we have students from all over the world studying with us. International students whose time zones do not work with the scheduled office hours can work with their mentors to schedule times to connect.
Course tuition is $995. There are no additional fees.
We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential who need assistance affording the associated cost. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:
- Haven't applied to the program, complete your application now. The scholarship application is included.
- Applied to the program and didn't fill out a scholarship request, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Are unsure about whether or not you applied for a scholarship, reach out to us at email@example.com for assistance.
Click here to apply; you’ll be guided through the application. It’s only a few pages, and it takes just two minutes to get started. You won’t be required to provide transcripts or letters of recommendation. Instead, we will ask you for some basic information and to submit one brief personal statement. The entire application should take no more than 20-30 minutes.
- We need some basic information about you and want to know why you’re interested in the course(s) you’ve chosen. You can complete your personal statement with a short essay, video, and/or other media files that tell your story.
- You must report your GPA (academic average), however there is no minimum GPA requirement to be considered. The most important part of your application is your personal statement.
- While we welcome students whose native languages are not English, the course is taught in English, and application submissions must also be provided in English. Applications submitted in languages other than English will not be accepted.
- Students must be at least 13 years old; no more than 19 years old; and no more than one year removed from high school graduation.
- You can apply to any program listed in the application with one application. Applying to multiple programs does not affect your chances of admission to any one program.
- If you are interested in more than one program, we strongly encourage you to choose different dates for each so that you have time to get the most out of each program.
You’ll usually be notified via email within 3 business days. At peak times, or if we have questions about the information you’ve provided, it may take a few additional days to review your application and send you a decision.
The course is taught online for maximum flexibility. You will view engaging and interactive pre-recorded videos with the instructors and complete assignments and activities on your own schedule. You’ll also receive expert guidance from a Brandeis mentor through online group sessions and via email.
- In total, the course will take ~30 hours to complete from start to finish. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to choose between a 2-week option (~15 hour per week of work commitment) and a 4-week option (~7.5 hours per week of work commitment).
- Our course durations vary depending upon when you take the course. Currently, we offer 2-week sessions over the (northern hemisphere) summer or 4-week sessions during (northern hemisphere) fall and spring to allow a slower pace during the school year. Regardless of your selection, both options contain the same program content, sessions, and support.
- You have the flexibility to complete the course work on your own schedule, while keeping in mind that all work must be completed before the end of the 2-week or 4-week course you’re enrolled in.
- Note that you will continue to have view-only access to the course for 6 months from your course start date.
You’ll receive an online course invitation at least 2 days prior to your course start date. Students who enroll at or near the deadline may receive credentials slightly later.
- No, these programs are for enrichment and do not provide college credit.
- You will receive an official Certificate of Completion from Brandeis University, which you can include on your resume or college application.
Although participation in the program will not afford any preferential treatment in the Brandeis admissions process, it will add another higher education experience to students’ college application.
Assignments & Grading
Each unit assignment, as well as the Final Project will be assessed on a rubric of:
- Complete - Work that satisfies the requirements of the assignment
- Incomplete - Work was not submitted or did not address the assignment requirements
- You can view a sample of our Civil Litigation course here.
- You can view a sample of our Climate Change course here.
- You can view a sample of our Global Health course here.
- You can view a sample of our Women’s Health course here.
- Your final assignment is a project in which you will have the opportunity to demonstrate what you’ve learned in the program. Best of all, you'll be able to list your project on future college or internship applications.
You will have until the end of the course to complete your assignments and final project.
About the Instructors & Mentors
Brandeis’s mentors are current Brandeis students and alumnae that will work with you throughout the course. Your mentor will provide encouragement and direction on assignments, as well as the inspiration and confidence to be successful. In short, you won’t need to go it alone.
Course mentors will support you by answering your course-related questions, providing guidance, encouragement, and recommendations throughout the course, and giving feedback on your assignments and the final project. Mentors use online video conferencing and digital messaging tools to provide support.
You’ll have the opportunity to connect with your mentor virtually during your course in two different ways: designated office hours and email.
- Once logged into your online course, you can view your Mentor’s office hours (and the office hours for all other mentors) in your Canvas Calendar. You’ll be able to meet with them and other students to ask any questions you have regarding the course.
- You’re welcome to meet with your assigned mentor or any of our available mentors via office hours, so you’ll have a number of timeslots to choose from depending upon your availability. Note that office hour sessions are completely optional.
- You'll also have the opportunity to email your mentor directly using the Canvas Inbox whenever you have any questions or need support regarding your course content.
Refund Policy Information
- We know that plans and circumstances often change, so tuition payments are 100% refundable when requested fifteen (15) or more days prior to your scheduled program start date.
- All payments become non-refundable fourteen (14) days prior to your scheduled program start date.
Technical Requirements & Issues
Enrolled students will receive course access via email at least 2 days prior to your course start date. Students who enroll at or near the deadline may receive credentials slightly later.
You must complete all of the assignments for your course by the end of your course session. You’ll have view-only access to the online course for 6 months after your end-date.
For Guidance Counselors
Possibly. If you would like to collaborate with us to create scholarships specifically for students that attend your school, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still Need Support?
Click on the blue button on the bottom right corner of this page or email us at email@example.com and a member of our Support Team will get back to you as soon as possible.