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Tufts Summit

July 2 – July 28, 2017

Updated information about Tufts Summit 2017, including fees, will be available in November 2016. Email us to be notified of program updates.

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 newspapers.

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.