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Overview

Since the 1950s, the International Center has facilitated college-wide intercultural exchange. The Center staff works to raise intercultural awareness, to increase the knowledge of immigration laws affecting the Tufts international community, and to advocate a campus climate that respects cultural differences.

The Center staff provides individual counseling, immigration advising and visa documents for students, faculty, and scholars from over 100 countries. We coordinate a number of events throughout the year, including an undergraduate orientation program (for first-year international and U.S. students) and a leadership program for upper-class students. In collaboration with the International Club, the Center co-sponsors the Intercultural Festival week and the presentation of the Oliver Chapman Leadership Award to an exemplary senior each year. For graduate students, programs include a fall orientation and an Intercultural Conversation Partnership. We plan social events such as a Thanksgiving potluck dinner and an apple-picking trip. These activities allow students to engage in informal dialogue, become familiar with U.S. culture, and meet other students, faculty, and staff.

Lastly, the International Center offers workshops on U.S. employment opportunities (both while pursuing a degree and after graduation), cultural re-adjustment issues, and compliance with U.S. tax regulations. We also administer emergency student loans. The staff advises the International House and the International Club. Through the International Alumni Network, the Center is a place for current students and alumni to remain in touch with Tufts for years to come.