Note: details are subject to change until applications open on December 1st.
Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs. These instructions include instructions for both types of students.
|Summer Session for HS||Entering Grades 11-12|
|Tufts College Experience*||Entering Grades 11-12*|
|• Leadership for Social Change*||Entering Grades 10-12*|
|• International Relations*||Entering Grades 11-12*|
|• Studio Art||Entering Grades 10-12|
* For Residential Programs, students must be 15 years of age by the first day of the program to be eligible for residential programs
Yes! We welcome international students who have the educational background, English Language skills, and funding to attend one of our Summer at Tufts programs. Our “How to Apply” page includes visa information for international students. Two important notes:
Note that International students must enroll in at least one credit-bearing course for the entirety of the period for which they are requesting a visa.
Note that not all of our programs offer housing. We will be unable to admit an international student into a Commuter program without a consent and waiver indicating that student has housing and transportation provided by a close relative within 50-miles of Tufts. Both parent and the close relative must sign the waiver.
Yes! Students who have been home schooled are welcome to apply. We ask that applicants who have been educated primarily or entirely at home provide as many of the application credentials as possible. We understand that the parent / teacher will provide one of the Letters of Recommendation, but (where required) we ask that other, non-family adults provide any additional letters. All relevant academic transcripts, reflecting educational work outside of the home since 9th grade, should be forwarded. Portfolio or summary information about educational experiences can be useful as well.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law protecting the privacy of student education records. For students enrolled in a university, regardless of their age, the privacy rights under FERPA are held by them.
Enrolled Summer at Tufts students may authorize the release of their educational records by filing a Consent to Disclose Student Information form with the University.
The FERPA policy for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering is available by clicking here. It includes when the schools may disclose information from a student’s educational record.
Prior to enrollment, Summer at Tufts may include parents in communications concerning progress in admission. Note, it is Summer at Tufts’ policy to require parent/guardian permission to apply to our program.
Email is the University’s primary method of communication with applicants and enrolled students. Please make sure your son or daughter checks email regularly to be certain that all communications from Tufts University are read and responded to in a timely way. Overlooking emails can result in delays, increased costs, etc.
During the application process, communication from Tufts will be sent to the applicant’s personal email address. Upon enrollment, Summer at Tufts students are asked to set up a Tufts email account as part of a Tufts network logon profile. At that time, communication will be sent to the Tufts email address. Students can use the “TuftsTools” website to forward Tufts email to a personal account.
Please note, students enrolling only in workshops only will not receive a Tufts email address and communication will continue to go to their personal email address.
The ability to earn credit varies by program. Within programs that offer credit, students may elect to take the course for credit or on an audit basis. Please see the program in which you are interested for more details.
Each college and university has policies and procedures that determine whether or not they will accept college credit earned elsewhere. Earning summer credit at Tufts is not a guarantee that the course will transfer.
However, we have seldom heard of a situation in which Tufts credit has not been accepted at another higher education institution.
After your student’s course or program is complete, an academic transcript can be requested from Tufts Student Services. With this document, your student can request transfer credit at the college or university he or she attends.
If your student attends Tufts as an undergraduate, he or she can speak with his or her academic dean to see how the credit that was earned in the summer can be added to his or her plan of study.
Remember, each college and university has policies and procedures that determine whether or not they will accept college credit earned elsewhere. Earning summer credit at Tufts is not a guarantee that the course will transfer. However, we have seldom heard of a situation in which Tufts credit has not been accepted at another higher education institution.
Tufts cannot guarantee that these courses or programs can be used at your high school. Students should be in touch with their school to determine what is possible. Tufts is happy to provide an appropriate transcript specific to your program.
When students are selecting their course preferences on the application, they will have the ability to select whether they would like to take the course for audit or credit.
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The availability of housing depends on the program. If a program offers a residential option, students will have access to an air conditioned double room in Harleston Hall, overseen by RAs and a ResLife team managed by our partner Summerfuel. If a program is listed as Commuter, no housing or related support is available. Please see the program in which you are interested for more details.
Yes! Students in Residential programs will have a meal plan as a part of their Program Fees. Commuter students have the option of purchasing a multi-week meal plan from our Dining Services team, please click here for more details. Please note that only the Medford / Somerville campus has dining halls.
Summerfuel is Tufts’ partner for residential life and social experiences for pre-college students. While Tufts provides the academic programming and the campus, Summerfuel helps us run our residence halls and the fun activities offered on evenings and weekends for our residential students. For more information about Summerfuel, click here.
Please see our Health & Wellness services page for details about treatment for acute illness or emergencies. Note that, should your child need to receive unexpected medical care during one of our programs, their emergency contact will be notified if provided.
Students in our residential programs will be asked to provide details regarding specific, ongoing medical conditions (e.g., allergies) and our residential partner (Summerfuel) will assist in addressing these concerns.
Regardless of the program, all of our classroom courses take place on Tufts’ campuses (with the exception of any course-sponsored field trips). Tufts University takes the safety of its students very seriously. More information can be found here.
All instructors of programs or courses that are open to high school students and program staff who will spend significant time with high school students must have a recent CORI check on file to participate in the program.
Our residential programs maintain strict chaperone and RA to student ratios of 1:10 and provide ample training to ensure students remain safe during the program.
In some cases, programs or courses will provide specific information regarding materials or supplies that students will need. Students enrolled in courses or workshops should check the class information posted by faculty to course management sites. Students enrolled in residential programs will receive information with more details on what to bring to campus.
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Absence from class is not permitted. It is our expectation that students will attend every meeting of their course or program.
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.