July 3 – July 29, 2016
Tufts Summit invites high school students to develop a greater
understanding of the global village they will call home. While
improving their French language skills, students are introduced to
the complex world of international politics and diplomacy through
classroom instruction, exploration of French culture, and field
trips to local sites of historic importance and natural beauty.
This program challenges high school students to see beyond the
assumptions they share with most Americans about the purpose and
practice of government, the nature of family and community, and the
origins of war and peace.
Day trips to international organizations in Geneva and Lyon, as well
as visits to medieval castles in the countryside enable students to
gain an insider’s view of a world most know only from books and
Students live with carefully selected host families, most often with
another student. What students learn first-hand about French daily
life and culture by sharing meals, conversations and outings with
their host families goes well beyond what can be learned from a
textbook. The home stay is an integral and memorable part of the
Tufts Summit experience and results not only in improved language
skills, but also enduring friendships with French host families.
A typical weekday begins with breakfast at the student's French home
and a bus ride to the European Center in Talloires using local
transportation. Morning classes in French and International
Relations are followed by lunch in the Priory gardens, where
students are likely to meet and chat with French students their age.
In the afternoon, students have additional French language or IR
activities to complement their classes. Later in the afternoon,
students return to their French homes by bus in time for dinner with
In Tufts Summit, students are encouraged to challenge their physical
abilities, as well as their minds. Outdoor activities, such as
hiking to alpine meadows and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of
Lake Annecy, introduce students to another outstanding aspect of
this alpine region — its extraordinary beauty and unique ecosystem.
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