Tuition and Fees
Location: Tufts University
Medford / Somerville Campus
Eligible Students: entering grades 11-12 and must be at least 15 by program start
Credit: Credit, pass / fail
Housing: Tufts dormitory with air conditioning
Program Fee: $5,000
Financial Aid: Available, click to learn more
Applications Open: December 1st, 2017
Applications Close: May 1st, 2018
Application Requirements (core): Academic transcript and history
1 letter of recommendation
Language study preferences
Optional: standardized test scores

Program fee includes:
Tuition, room, 3 meals per day (brunch and dinner on Sunday), use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.

Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten apart from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.

Tufts College Intensive:
International Relations

July 22nd – August 3rd 2018
2 weeks. Tufts Credit. Residential.

Experience Tufts’ distinctive approach to the study of International Relations by analyzing current and enduring global issues with faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, by immersing yourself in intensive college-level foreign language training, and by living on Tufts’ campus. Outside the classroom, this unique program will expand your social network while exposing you to Boston’s rich academic and cultural offerings through several college and university tours and extracurricular activities.

Just five miles northwest of Boston, Tufts University’s Medford / Somerville tranquil campus sits on a hill overlooking the city. Tufts’ location offers a relaxed and safe campus environment with easy access to Boston.

Join us for your summer studies and become a Jumbo for life!

Program Highlights:

  • Top-ranked university just minutes from Boston
  • Study international economics, cybersecurity, foreign policy, and more with world-class faculty
  • Learn a new language or advance an existing language
  • Earn college credit
  • Participate in an International Relations simulation at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
  • Visit Boston-area college campuses for admissions sessions with your peers
  • Have fun on weekend activities
  • Become lifelong friends with students from all over the world!

Program Outcomes:

  • Excellent academic experience
  • Improved language skills
  • Understanding of the field of International Relations
  • Tufts college credit for one course (pass / fail)
  • Official Tufts transcript upon request
  • Enhanced understanding of college life

Please note, planning for Summer 2018 has only just begun and details are subject to change.

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Program Structure

Rising high school juniors and seniors will experience Tufts University’s distinctive approach to the study of international relations, earn college credit, and create a path toward future scholastic and professional goals. Weeks before arriving on Tufts’ campus, students will receive access to assigned readings in preparation for their classroom discussions with world-renowned faculty and experts from the School of Arts and Sciences and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

In keeping with Tufts’ strong emphasis on language and cultural proficiency for the understanding of global issues, students will immerse themselves in intensive college-level foreign language training, selecting beginning Arabic or Chinese or intermediate French or Spanish. Learning will continue in other sessions focusing on critical skills for college success: students will learn how to utilize library resources effectively and to craft a college-level research paper; they will engage in small group discussions with Fletcher graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in International Relations; and they will gain marketable skills in effective negotiation and conflict resolution through participating actively in a simulation of an international crisis.

Participants will reside in student dormitories and share meals in campus dining halls throughout the two-week program. Off campus, students will learn about the vibrant academic and cultural offerings of the Boston area through college and university tours and fun summertime activities. Participants will expand their social network of like-minded peers and gain insightful mentors while acquiring an authentic understanding of the undergraduate experience.

Tentative Summer 2018 Schedule (to be finalized)

Week 1

Sunday, July 22 Monday, July 23 Tuesday, July 24 Wednesday, July 25 Thursday, July 26 Friday, July 27 Saturday, July 28
7:00 - 8:30 am Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall
9:00 - 11:30 am Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French) Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French) Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French) Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French) Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French) Field Trips to Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Senate Immersion Module
11:30 - 11:45 am Break Break Break Break Break
11:45 - 1:00 pm Program Registration / Check-in Intro to IR: Why It's an Interdisciplinary Subject International Economics Worlds to Make Cybersecurity Ethics and International Relations
1:00 - 1:45 pm Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall
2:00 - 3:30 pm Intro to Library
Library Staff
Library Research 101
Library Staff
Into to Negotiation Critical Thinking / Asking the Right Questions COLLEGE VISIT #1
TUFTS & HARVARD
3:30 - 3:45 pm Break Break Break Break
3:45 - 5:00 pm Orientation / Introductions TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
5:00 - 6:00 pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
6:00 - 7:00 pm Opening Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall
7:00 - Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments

Week 2

Sunday, July 29 Monday, July 30 Tuesday, July 31 Wednesday, Auguat 1 Thursday, August 2 Friday, August 3 Saturday, August 4
7:00 - 8:30 am Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Breakfast in Dining Hall Departure
9:00 - 11:30 am Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French) Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French) Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French) Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French) Language Classes (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French)
11:30 - 11:45 am Break Break Break Break Break
11:45 - 1:00 pm IR Historical Perspective Intelligence Policy and International Terrorism US Foreign Policy Fake News Comparative Politics
1:00 - 1:45 pm Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall Lunch in Dining Hall
2:00 - 3:30 pm Research Paper: Finding a Topic COLLEGE VISIT #2
BU & NORTHEASTERN
Research Paper: Constructing a Thesis Research Paper: Writing Research Paper: Writing
3:30 - 3:45 pm Break Break Break
3:45 - 5:00 pm TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
5:00 - 6:00 pm Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Dinner in Dining Hall Final Dinner / Certificate Presentation
7:00 - Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments

Activities & Trips

We want your summer to be fun too! It is summer after all! Summerfuel will be planning trips and activities throughout the program that will enable students to make friends, build relationships, and relax from the world-class academic work they will be doing in the classroom.

Daily activities might include ice cream socials, midnight pancakes, trips to local coffee houses for poetry readings, lectures around campus, visits to Davis Square or Boston or the beach, etc.

Note: The cost of most of these activities will be included, however, incidentals like coffee at a café or public transportation fares for an optional activity will not be covered by the program.

Student Life

We endeavor to make every moment of the student experience at Tufts memorable for our students. Every piece of the student-life experience, from our dorms to our dining halls, our athletic facilities to our check-in and orientation is designed to inform and enable students to have a healthy, fulfilling, and safe summer.

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Check-in and Orientation

Check-in and Orientation will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2018. All residential students are required to attend Orientation. Parents are welcome to attend as well! During Orientation, we will review the overall program schedule, discuss policies and safety, and answer questions. In addition, room assignments will be distributed and students will meet their Resident Assistants and roommates. Students will also have the opportunity to confirm their course schedules, and staff will be available to address any issues.

Residential Life

Residential students will get the full Tufts University experience by spending their 2 weeks living on campus in one of Tufts undergraduate dorms: Harleston Hall! Tufts partners with Summerfuel, a well-known provider of high school summer programming, to provide top-quality residential and social experiences for its students. Rooms are air-conditioned; 24/7 security and hospitality is available; and accessible rooms are available upon request.

Bedrooms will be singles or doubles on a common hall. Halls are divided by gender and age, and students are grouped into smaller communities known as Resident Advisor (RA) groups. Roommates and RA groups are determined based on the pre-program housing questionnaire. Full bedding and towels will be provided and will be replaced weekly. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus.

Resident Advisors will live on each hall and will work to create a strong, supportive residential community. A Resident Advisor’s role is to support students in every aspect of their summer experience while serving as a mentor and active leader. Summerfuel senior staff also live in residence and are available to help address student concerns and emergencies, day or night.

Dining

Residential program fees include three meals per day (brunch and dinner on Sunday). All meals on campus will be at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, conveniently located a few minutes from student housing. Dewick-MacPhie provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan and an organic salad bar. When we are off campus on weekends, meals will be provided off-site. Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Please advise us of dietary needs during the application process.

University Facilities

Students will have full access to the university’s facilities including the libraries, computer lab and student center. Students will also have full access to Tufts’ Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, featuring squash ball courts, a swimming pool and cardio and weight-training equipment.

Health & Wellness

Tufts works hard to ensure the health and well-being of all of its students. Once accepted to the program, Tufts will ask all students to submit information related to their health and collect details regarding allergies, and accessibility concerns. Tufts and Summerfuel staff will work together to ensure students’ routine medical needs are met.

Tufts also has robust procedures in place for students with primary care needs and acute or emergency illnesses or injuries. Our procedures combine on-campus and hospital-based care depending on the nature and severity of the issue. A student’s emergency contact will be notified in the event of an issue. Please see our Health & Wellness Services page for additional information.

For health and wellness emergencies, students should immediately contact Tufts University Police at (617) 627-6911.

Please note: medical fees of any kind will be billed to the student and are not included in program fees.

Security

Harleston Hall has 24-hour security with electronic key-fob access required for entry to the building and a physical key for your bedroom door. Tufts University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student who may need assistance. The Summerfuel office is located in the building’s entrance corridor and serves as the information and security hub for students.

A dedicated residential staff member oversees student safety during the entirety of the program. Students are honor bound to follow clear safety protocols whether on campus or in the city and are required to use the buddy system during free time.

See our section below for additional information and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and concerns.

Safety & Security

The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. Each staff member is carefully vetted through a written application, personal interview, professional reference check and mandatory background check.

Residential Staff

Residential staff will support students as they adjust to living in a dormitory and being responsible members of a summer program community. The residence staff will include a director, senior staff and one resident advisor for every ten students. Prior to the program, residence staff will be trained to lead student groups, manage student conflict and resolution and oversee all safety aspects on program. They will begin the program well prepared to meet the needs of all Tufts Pre-College Program students.

This summer's team will be led by George Kinzel, a 20+ year Summerfuel veteran. George has spent his previous summers directing the Summerfuel Amherst program before it was relocated this year to Tufts.

Meet George

Supervision

Students are required to attend all classes and academic sessions each day. Attendance is taken at each class. During free time, students may choose between an event organized by the residential staff or an individual pursuit such as classwork, laundry or relaxing in the dorm. Students are allowed freedom to explore with friends within specified areas surrounding the campus. In the evenings, students will check in with residence staff, and staff will often use that time to catch up on the day’s events.

Campus Safety

Tufts campus is considered very safe amongst U.S. college campuses. Located just five miles outside Boston, students will need to take normal precautions of living near a large city, but crime on campus is unusual. Tufts University maintains its own police department and Tufts Emergency Medical Services provides medical aid to the university community 24 hours a day. Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light system and dormitories require a fob for entry and a key fob for access to bathrooms and bedrooms.

For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page.

Policies

Please see the policies section of this website for a complete list of applicable policies, including the following: