Completed applications must be received at the European
Center no later than 5pm EST Friday, March 9, 2018. The
Admissions Committee will notify applicants of their admissions
decisions before March 31, 2017.
Registrations must be complete in order to be considered. Complete
- Two letters of recommendation (one recommendation must be from
a French teacher or instructor).
Please provide the following
link to the individual(s) providing your recommendation.
You will be receiving emails from the program once you apply, so
please be vigilant with checking your Tufts email regularly.
We have prepared a short video that we would like all registered
Tufts Summit students to see before they commit to participating in
the Tufts Summit program. The video contains useful and
important information that you should know before you go to
Once you have seen the video above, there is a short Qualtrics
survey to complete. To confirm your place in the program, you will
Qualtrics survey and make a $500 non-refundable deposit.
The program fee for 2018 is $6,100. This fee includes:
Room and full board for the duration of the program with a
local host family. This includes breakfast, lunch (a picnic
lunch during the week), and dinner.
Arrival and departure transfer
Local bus pass
Class excursions to Geneva and Lyon
Weekly hiking trips including a night in an alpine inn
Additional cultural activities
Not included in the program fee: round-trip
airfare, healthcare costs (doctor’s visits, medication, etc),
passport and visa fees, excess baggage charges.
Note: The European Center arranges for a group flight between Boston
and Geneva, Switzerland, (the airport nearest to Talloires). Details
about the group flight will be made available to accepted students.
Scholarships are available.
The Tufts Summit Program is open to applications from all
students who meet the following criteria:
Students must be rising high school juniors or seniors
(having completed a minimum of two years of high school
Students must have completed two years of formal French
An extremely rewarding component of all of Tufts Programs in the
French Alps is the Home Stay. All students, regardless of French
language ability, live with carefully selected host families – many
of whom have hosted students for numerous years.
Families welcome either one or two students into their homes. By
sharing in everyday family life, students get an inside look at
local culture, enjoy authentic cuisine, and develop an appreciation
for local customs.
Each year, students single out the host family experience as the
best way to strengthen French skills, as well as the most memorable
part of the program. The home stay is an integral and memorable part
of the Talloires experience and results not only in improved
language skills, but also enduring friendships with their host
When filling out the Registration Form, students should be as
detailed as possible.
Qualified high school students, applying to the Tufts Summit
program, may apply for a European Center Scholarship.
Scholarship awards range from $500 to $3500. Factors taken into
consideration for scholarship awards include academic merit/G.P.A.,
financial need, civic-mindedness, travel experience, and the actual
scholarship application and essay. Scholarships are available to
qualified high school students applying to the Tufts Summit program.
To be considered, students must submit a
Scholarship Application Form along with the completed program
Registration Form, before March 9, 2018 for Tufts Summit.
Scholarship recipients will be notified of scholarship awards before
respective program deposit deadlines.
Scholarships offered by the Tufts European Center are funded by
generous gifts from
The many alumni and friends of the Tufts European Center
The MacJannet Foundation whose support honors Donald and
Charlotte MacJannet, an American couple who made the Tufts
Summer Programs in Talloires possible by donating the building
and grounds which now comprise Tufts' campus in the French Alps.
The Michael B. Slone (A89) Endowed Scholarship for Talloires
established by classmates and friends to honor his life and
sprit for adventure
The Richard and Elaine Kaufman (J46) Endowed Fund for the
support and promotion of international understanding
The Nathan and Shirley Brodsky Scholarship for Tufts in
Talloires, awarded annually to a first-generation student who
has had only limited travel experience and who demonstrates
You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after
your return date. If you need to apply or renew, do so as soon as
possible or at least eight weeks before departure. For information
and forms, contact the main branch of your local post office or a
Federal Passport Agency. Boston's Passport Agency can be reached at
617-565-6990. Unless you intend to stay in France for more than
three months, you will not need a visa.
Citizens of other countries:
You will want to check with the French consulate nearest you for
visa requirements at least eight weeks before departure. As
Switzerland is now a part of the Schengen Agreement, a separate visa
is no longer necessary for flying into Geneva or travelling in
Switzerland. Contact the
French Consulate in Boston.