July 2 – July 28, 2017
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 local 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 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. 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 their families.
In Tufts Summit, students are encouraged to challenge their physical
abilities, as well as their minds. Weekly outdoor activities, such
as organized hikes into the local mountains, introduce students to
another outstanding aspect of this alpine region — its extraordinary
beauty and unique ecosystem.