Tufts is excited to offer Summer Abroad opportunities. There are three options for Summer 2018:
Don’t see the right destination for you? Don’t worry! Next year we will be adding many more!
All students interested in attending Summer Abroad programs (both Tufts and Visiting students) must submit an application. The application deadline, payment deadlines, tuition & fees, and eligibility requirements differ by program. Please see the program descriptions below and the Tuition & Fees page for the complete list of applicable fees.
Tropical Ecology & Conservation (BIO-0181 / ENV-0181)
School of Arts & Sciences – Environmental Studies & Biology Departments
Instructors: Colin Orians and Andres Vega
Dates: May 23 - June 29 (Medford), and July 6 - 23 (Costa Rica)
Application deadline: March 8. Application review will begin March 1 and a preference will be given for students who apply early
Study ecology and conservation of biodiversity in the tropics during this Summer Study abroad experience. The session begins with coursework and skills building on the Medford/Somerville campus and is followed by a field and research experience in Costa Rica.
During the first Summer Session, students (1) gain a foundation of tropical ecology by reading textbooks and scholarly articles, (2) learn to generate hypotheses and design experiments, and (3) give presentations on conservation related topics. Presentation topics include shade coffee, sustainable forestry, the consequences of the loss of large mammalian predators and herbivores, and climate change. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on scientific communication.
In July Orians and the students travel to Costa Rica and join Andres Vega, the co-leader of the field portion of the course. Andres Vega is an expert naturalist, a dedicated conservationist, and a passionate educator. In Costa Rica students get first-hand experience in tropical ecology, in conservation, and in research. Research projects range from animal behavior to plant ecology.
Students will leave the course with a deeper understanding of the scientific process, and the conservation challenges facing Costa Rica and other developing countries. The itinerary takes us to three contrasting ecosystems (e.g., Atlantic lowland rainforest, Pacific lowland rainforests, and various agricultural systems). Students interested in conservation biology, in exploring Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity, and in doing research are given priority. Credit: 1.5 Course Credit (5 Semester Hour Units)
Eligibility: Undergraduates (Tufts and visiting students) with at least 1 year of university-level study when the program begins, who are in good standing, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
Location: Costa Rica, Multiple Field Sites
Credit: 5 Semester Hour Units
Program Fee: $4,000 (Airfare is included)
Note: There is a $500.00 non-refundable deposit for all students that is due 10 days after you are admitted to the program. Non-Tufts students will also have to pay a non-refundable $65.00 application fee. Program fee includes housing in Costa Rica (Hotel in San Jose, OTS La Selva Biological Station, in tents and at a camping ground in Piro, at a Biological Station in Buru), most meals (but not all), activities to visit Sirena Ranger Station and take tours of local farms, transportation between sites, and group airfare to and from Costa Rica. Note that if you schedule flights outside of the group, this will be extra.
Tufts in Talloires
Dates: May 15 – June 29, 2018
Application Due: January 19th
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Tufts in Talloires offers university students the opportunity to spend six weeks studying in the French Alps. Students select two credit-bearing courses from a wide selection of Tufts undergraduate offerings, most of which are taught in English. French is not required to learn from Tufts’ esteemed faculty in this unique setting. Students reside with local host families to experience French daily life first hand.
Eligibility: Undergraduates (Tufts and visiting students) with at least 1 year of study when the program begins, good academic standing, and cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
Location: Taillories, France
Tuition and program fee: $7,100 (includes room and board with a local host family)
Credit: course dependent (must take 2 courses)
Note: the tuition and program fee includes tuition for two Tufts credit-bearing courses, room and full board with a local host family (this includes breakfast, lunch (a picnic lunch during the week), and dinner), arrival and departure transfer, local bus pass, course excursions, community events, and course readers. This does NOT include roundtrip airfare or any other expenses not listed above.
For rising high school juniors and seniors, a college-level course on international relations is only part of an exploration into the complexities of world cultures and global issues. French classes are complemented by living with a local host family and experiencing French culture first hand. Extracurricular activities include hiking, swimming and a variety of other outdoor activities.
Eligibility: Rising high school juniors or seniors, having completed a minimum of two years of high school instruction by program start and two years of formal French instruction
Location: Taillories, France
Tuition and program fee: $6,100
Note: the tuition and program fee includes tuition for two course, room and full board with a local host family (this includes breakfast, lunch (a picnic lunch during the week), and dinner), arrival and departure transfer, local bus pass, course excursions to Geneva and Lyon, weekly hiking trips including a night in an alpine inn, and additional cultural activities. This does NOT include roundtrip airfare or any other expenses not listed above.
Tufts in Annecy
Dates: July 1 – July 28, 2018
Application Due: March 30th
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College students and adults who want to improve their beginner or intermediate French language skills will find Annecy, the "Venice of France," an inspiring environment. Classes are taught at a French language institute in Annecy by native French speakers who are experts in developing speaking, listening, grammar, writing, and reading skills. Residing with a French family facilitates language acquisition and enhances the exploration of French customs and culture. Tufts students will earn one full credit for a Tufts French 1, 2, 3, or 4 class.
Eligibility: Adults, graduate students, and undergraduates who have completed at least 1 year of university-level coursework at the program start, are in good standing, and have a GPA of 2.75
Location: Annecy, France
Tuition and program fee: $5,100
Note: The tuition and program fee includes tuition for one Tufts French credit-bearing course, CILFA instruction, room and full board with a local host family (this includes breakfast, lunch (a picnic lunch during the week), and dinner), arrival and departure transfer, local bus pass, CILFA excursions, and community events. This does NOT include roundtrip airfare or any other expenses not listed above.
Spanish Language & Culture Immersion Program
School of Arts & Sciences – Romance Studies Department
Instructors: University of Cadiz Professors
Dates: May 23rd – June 29th, 2018
Application deadline: February 16th, 2018
This intensive language and culture program offers a 5½ week full immersion experience for students who wish to improve their Spanish language skills and be exposed to the rich cultural traditions of southern Spain. The program is designed for language students as well as language majors.
Language students take two courses in Spanish: A language course and a culture course. Students who are majoring in Spanish take two courses: A literature course and an advanced culture course.
Students are in classes four hours each day, Monday through Thursday, from 9:30am – 11:30am, followed by a 30-minute break, and then again from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Classes are taught by University of Cadiz professors. There are five total weeks of class.
Students will be placed in a language class that is appropriate to their level, determined by a placement exam. There are two levels of language classes: Language I and Advanced Language II. The minimum language requirement to participate in the program is successful completion of Spanish 3.
Students also take a culture course taught in Spanish. Students are placed in Culture I or Culture II, according to their level.
The program offers an array of activities, workshops, tours, and trips, as well as many options for volunteer work. Students can participate in workshops and seminars in flamenco dancing and regional cooking, fun activities such as kayaking and surfing lessons, guided tours in and around Cadiz, trips to archeological sites, saltworks, and pueblos blancos, and visits to Madrid, Sevilla, and Granada.
Perhaps the opportunity that will be particularly attractive to Tufts students is the chance to work as a volunteer in the community. Students are placed in schools to work with children and adolescents under the supervision of a head teacher. There are also opportunities to work in hospitals, shelters, churches, and other organizations that help young mothers, disabled children, hearing-impaired individuals, immigrants, and others.
Students will live with a Spanish family. To enhance the students’ exposure to the local culture and traditions, they are placed with families that have been selected by the University of Cadiz. The homestay includes all meals and the families often include students in family activities and outings.
Each student is partnered with a Spanish student in Cadiz. Students may want to contact their tutor with any questions they may have before departure. Once in Cadiz, the tutor facilitates the student’s integration to the gaditana culture and the social life of young people in the city.
Cadiz is a port city situated on the southwestern coast of Spain. This small and safe historic city has a population of 120,000 inhabitants, which makes it an ideal size for students to move with ease and economy of time. The lack of crowds of summer tourists, the mild temperatures in the summer, the beaches, and easy access to different parts of Spain and Europe provide an auspicious backdrop for a summer program. The climate is ideal for the summer, approximately 80° F with refreshing sea breezes.
Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, with a 3,000 year-old Phoenician heritage. It has a rich history that dates back to its foundation by the Phoenicians in 1100 BCE, and has been inhabited by Greeks, Romans, and Arabs who left their imprint in the city, rendering it a living relic of history. During the Age of Exploration, its port was one of the main connections to the New World. The history, culture, and traditions of Cadiz will guarantee a rich immersion experience for students. For more information, please feel free to review online literature.
The program begins with two days in Madrid, travelling to Cadiz by train two days after our arrival in Spain. During the program, there are weekend excursions to some of the marvelous cities of Andalucia, like Sevilla and Granada. Students will have the opportunity to visit the famous pueblos blancos and Playa de Bolonia, a breathtaking beach with impressive Roman ruins. Of course, students have many opportunities to explore Cadiz, one of the most ancient cities in Europe, well known for its outstanding architecture, historic sites, cultural richness, wonderful seafood, and friendly people.
Eligibility: Undergraduates (Tufts and visiting students) and graduate students (Tufts and visiting) who have completed at least Spanish 3 (the equivalent to three semesters of college level Spanish). The program is appropriate for both language students and Spanish majors. All students must have at least 1 year of university-level study when the program begins, be in good standing, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
Location: Cadiz, Spain
Credit: 6 Semester Hour Units
Program Fee: $3,000 (Airfare not included)
Note: There is a $500.00 non-refundable deposit for all students that is due 10 days after you are admitted to the program. Non-Tufts students will also have to pay a non-refundable $65.00 application fee. Program fee includes hotel and two meals in Madrid for orientation, homestay in Cadiz, excursion to El Prado, guided tour of Madrid, two guided visits to towns around Cadiz, cooking workshops, Flamenco workshop, visits to Granada and Sevilla, and round trip transportation to Cadiz from Madrid. Note that airfare to Madrid is not included.
A recent Bundesgymnasium graduate, Matthias decided to leave his home in Austria for six weeks and spend part of his summer studying international relations and economics at Tufts. He thought the summer before completing his zivildienst (year of public service) was the perfect time to try something new. Matthias saw the advantages of international study at a great American university before entering his "gap" year, and he knew that Tufts University had the summer courses he needed and could transfer to his home university, when the time comes.