When you first arrive on campus you will be able to settle-in to your room, meet your roommate, and rest from your day of travel. Before classes start on July 3rd, we have a number of orientation and fun activities planned for you! Here is a snapshot:
|July 1st||July 2nd|
5:15PM – Welcome with Program Staff
6:00PM – Dinner with RAs
8:00PM – Floor Meeting
9:00PM – Flavors of the World Mixer
11:00PM – Check-in with RA
11:30PM – Quiet Hours begin
7:45AM – Breakfast and Campus Tour
10:00AM – Orientation with Program Staff
11:00AM – Welcome to Summerfuel!
12:15PM – Lunch
2:00PM – Afternoon activities!
5:45PM – Dinner
6:00PM – Davis Square Tour
9:00PM – Legends of the Hidden Jumbo
11:00PM – Check-in with RA
11:30PM – Quiet Hours begin
As you start to think about packing, we’ve put together a packing list for you! Click here to make sure you plan to bring all the appropriate items – and to make sure you don’t bring anything that won’t be allowed on campus. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Note that all bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow) and bath towels are provided. Should you forget a toiletry item or academic supply, there will be an opportunity to pick up those items with staff during the Orientation program (see below!).
As you know, we require your travel details to be submitted to us prior to your arrival on campus. If you have not already done so, this is the time! Please submit them here: Travel Registry. As with all of our Campus Life activities (non-academic), transfer to and from the airport or train/bus station will be managed by our partner Summerfuel.
Our Summerfuel team is here for you if you have any questions or concerns while you are traveling. You can reach us by email or phone:
Staff waiting to greet you will be wearing blue Summerfuel t-shirts (see picture below) that say STAFF on the back and will be carrying Summerfuel clipboards so you can recognize them at the airport or train/bus station. If you have any difficulty, again don’t hesitate to call us at 917-821-3991. For details by arrival location, please see below!
We will be monitoring all incoming flights and will adjust in case of delays. On departure, students will be taken to the airport prior to their scheduled flight time to allow time for check-in and security.
Note for Children 15 and under: Many airlines require that children traveling alone agree to travel as an “unaccompanied minor.” The age requirements for these programs vary by airline, but sometimes include children as old as 14 or 15 years at the time of travel. Please check with your airline to learn if this service is required for your child. If the service is optional for you and you are traveling on a direct flight to Boston, we discourage you from taking it, as in our experience it can be more cumbersome than valuable. If you have booked your flight as an unaccompanied minor, please note the following:
If you will be arriving in Boston by train or bus, Summerfuel staff will greet you in the arrival hall of the station. On departure, staff will escort you to your train or bus.
If you will be arriving on campus independently, please plan to proceed directly to the dormitory for check-in. Our staff will be available at the dormitory to welcome you beginning at 9am. We recommend that you plan to arrive on campus no later than 3:00pm, so that you can settle in and have a chance to walk around campus prior to the start of orientation.
Please be sure to fill out the Travel Registry even if you will be arriving by car to ensure that you have access to our facilities and that our staff is ready to greet you on-site.
To help you connect with your fellow program participants, we set-up Facebook groups that will allow you to say hello in advance! This is a closed group so only individuals with a link can access it. We hope you will use this to get excited about the new friends you will meet at Tufts this summer!
The central part of your experience at Tufts will be your academic coursework. Our faculty are excited to have you join their classes! At Tufts, our students and faculty use CANVAS for syllabi, readings, project submission, and communication during the semester. Many will post syllabi and book lists prior to the start of summer. You can check to see if your classes have materials are available by checking CANVAS, following the instructions below. We also included some specific information for two of our programs as well!
TCE and SSHS only: Some courses require textbooks, which are typically included on the syllabus posted in CANVAS or you can find most listed here. Select “Tufts University” as the Campus and “Summer Two” as the Term. You can purchase these texts at the Tufts University Bookstore or through any other bookstore (e.g., Amazon). Some textbooks may be available as reference materials at the Tisch Library, but do note copies available and library hours are limited.
You are registered for two Undergraduate-level courses along with a series of workshops. We sent you a copy of your personal course schedule – please review this schedule carefully! We will have copies available when you arrive on campus.
Important note: if you have any final changes to make to your schedule, please email me as soon as possible. The last day to make changes is June 22nd.
We wanted to send you some early reading materials as you begin to prepare for the world-class learning that is the foundation of the Tufts Pre-College Intensive: International Relations program.
We posted the course syllabus and reading materials for our program on our dedicated CANVAS site. We will continue to update this site over the next month and a half before you arrive!
Onto the fun… when you’re not busy with our world class academic programming, you get to fill your schedule with anything that excites you to make the most of your Summer at Tufts. Yes, there is some homework, but take a look at some of the opportunities you have for fun while you study …
Our Residence Life team is preparing a whole itinerary of fun activities for you when you’re not in class. Evening activities are optional and designed to help you relax and decompress from a day of learning. Weekend excursions depend on your program, but might include anything from a trip to downtown Boston to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park to a roller coaster ride at Six Flags New England! Don’t worry, you’ll have tons of opportunities to have fun while bonding with your new friends!
Tufts enjoys a privileged location set high on a hill overlooking downtown Boston. At just five miles northwest of the city, the Tufts campus is far enough away that it enjoys a relaxed campus environment, yet close enough that the city and all of its resources are within reach. Tufts combines the benefits of easy access to the facilities of a top-ranked university with the excitement of city life. Most of our programs offer the opportunity to explore Boston in the evening or during weekend excursions.
We think there is plenty to do on the Tufts campus, but in case you’re looking for a little life off campus, nearby Davis Square offers a great student-oriented experience. Somerville Theater is an economical way to catch a movie and if you’re tired of campus dining, there are several opportunities for a meal out or just a great dessert. Davis Square is about fifteen minutes walking distance from Harleston. Davis Square is also the location of the nearest subway, or “T” stop to campus. From Davis Square, it’s just one stop on the Red Line to Cambridge and after just 20 minutes you’re in the heart of Boston.
As a participant in a summer program on the Tufts University campus, you will have access to the beautiful, state of the art Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center. The Center also has a swimming pool, cardio and weight-training equipment, racquet and basketball courts. Don’t worry, if you’re not a fan of the gym, life on Tufts’ campus (called “The Hill”) will keep you fit: you will walk between your classes, the dorm, and the dining hall throughout the day!
Living in an undergraduate dorm and eating in the dining halls are two of the most exciting parts of attending Tufts’ Pre-College Programs. To get you excited, we wanted to give you a glimpse into life on campus along with some helpful tips! Before we get to that, we need you to complete the Housing Information Form which will help us make roommate assignments. It also asks for a photo of yourself, allowing us to create your Tufts Student ID that will give you access to the dorm, dining hall, and other facilities around campus. See the form for photo guidelines.
Check out the emails we sent to each residential program:
To ensure we can do our best to keep you safe and happy while at Tufts, there are a number of forms we need you and your parents to complete. All of the forms are can be downloaded below and completed by hand or digitally. Once complete, all forms must be emailed back to firstname.lastname@example.org. We take the safety of our students seriously, therefore, students who have not completed all required forms by the deadlines below will not be permitted to attend the program. If you believe you will have trouble meeting this deadline, please let us know.
As soon as your travel plans are confirmed, enter your information into our Travel Registry. We will use this to plan for pick-up / drop-off at Boston Logan, South Station, or North Station and to ensure we know who is leaving by car. Additional information will be provided as we get closer to the summer.
For more details about travel specific to your program please see the links below:
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.