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Application Dates

Completed applications must be received at the European Center no later than 5pm EST Friday, March 8, 2019. The Admissions Committee will notify applicants of their admissions decisions before March 29, 2019.

Registrations must be complete in order to be considered. Complete registrations include:

  1. Online Application including:
    • Personal Information
    • Housing information (please be as detailed as possible!)
    • A color headshot photo (for identification purposes)
    • A copy of your transcript
  2. Non-refundable application fee $75

  4. Recommendation forms - Two letters of recommendation (one recommendation must be from a French teacher or instructor). Please share this link with 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 Talloires.

Once you have seen the video above, there is a short Qualtrics survey to complete. To confirm your place in the program, you will need to complete the Qualtrics survey and make a $500 non-refundable deposit.

Program Fees

The program fee for 2019 is $6,500. This fee includes:

  • Two courses
  • 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 instruction).
  • Students must have completed two years of formal French instruction.


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 families.

When filling out the Registration Form, students should be as detailed as possible.

Scholarship Information

Qualified high school students, applying to the Tufts Summit program, may apply for a European Center Scholarship.

Scholarship awards range from $500 to $3750. 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 Form along with the completed program Registration Form, before March 8, 2019 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 financial need.


U.S. Citizens:
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.