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Certificate & Post Baccalaureate Programs

Prospective Students
Learn more about applying to a certificate or post-bac program, or visit:

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Duration of Program
Typical duration of this program is 9 months, one academic year.

Full-Time Requirement
International students in F-1 status must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 3, one credit courses) each semester due to U.S. immigration regulations.

The Certificate and Post-Bac programs require between 4-5 courses to complete the program, thus the traditional method of completing this program is 2 courses per semester. However, international students MUST enroll in a minimum of 3 courses per semester in order to meet the full-time status requirement. There are no exceptions.

International students completing the program in the 9-month period should be prepared to complete and pay for up to two additional courses (one per semester) in order to meet the full-time requirement.

Practical Training
Pre-Completion Practical Training (PPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

  • International students currently enrolled in Certificate or Post Bac programs do not qualify for either PPT or CPT.

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT)

  • Certificate Programs: International students who have completed a certificate program do qualify for OPT. However, certificate students in a STEM field do not qualify for the 24-month STEM extension.
    • It is to the discretion of USCIS whether or not your application to request Post-Completion OPT with an academic certificate is approved or denied.
    • Learn more about how to apply for Post-Completion OPT.
  • Post-Bac Programs: International students in post-bac programs do not qualify for OPT.

Admitted Students
Already accepted to Tufts? Follow the procedure below to request your F-1 or J-1 visa document from the International Center at Tufts.

Quick Links and Forms

Health Links

NOTE: The International Center is unable to answer questions about health insurance and/or immunizations.

International Student Orientation
As a Certificate or Post-Bac international student, all other F-1 student immigration regulations apply. You should plan to attend the International Student Orientation upon arrival, to receive important information about maintaining your F-1 student status while studying at Tufts.