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Program Overview

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.

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 share the Tufts experience!

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
  • 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 2019 has only just begun and details are subject to change.

Not for you? Check out one of our other programs.

Program Detail

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, Russian, or Chinese; intermediate French or Spanish; advanced Spanish; or English Second Language. 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 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 expand their social network of like-minded peers and gain insightful mentors while acquiring an authentic understanding of the undergraduate experience.

Week 1 Tentative Summer 2019 Schedule (to be finalized)

Time Sunday, July 21 Monday, July 22 Tuesday, July 23 Wednesday, July 24 Thursday, July 25 Friday, July 26 Saturday, July 27
7:00am - 8:00am   Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00am - 11:30am   Language Classes Language Classes Language Classes Language Classes Language Classes Field Trip to Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Senate Immersion Module
11:30am - 12:30pm   Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30pm - 2:00pm Program Registration / Check-in
Break
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
Intro to IR: Why It's an Interdisciplinary Subject International Economics Worlds to Make Cybersecurity Ethics and International Relations
2:00pm - 2:15pm Break Break Break Break Break
2:15pm - 3:45pm Intro to Library
with Library Staff
Library Research 101 with
Library Staff
Intro to Negotiation Critical Thinking / Asking the Right Questions College Visit #1:
Tufts University & Harvard University
3:45pm - 4:00pm Break Break Break  
4:00pm - 5:15pm TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
5:15pm - 6:00pm Dinner Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
6:00pm - 7:00pm Orientation & Registration Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00pm - 7:30pm Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments

Week 2 Tentative Summer 2019 Schedule (to be finalized)

Time Sunday, July 28 Monday, July 29 Tuesday, July 30  Wednesday, July 31 Thursday, August 1 Friday, August 2 Saturday, August 3
7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Departure
9:00am - 11:30am   Language Classes Language Classes Language Classes Language Classes Language Classes
11:30am - 12:30pm   Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30pm - 2:00pm   IR Historical Perspective Intelligence Policy and International Terrorism U.S. Foreign Policy Fake News Comparative Politics
2:00pm - 2:15pm   Break Break Break Break Break
2:15pm - 3:45pm   Research Paper: Finding a Topic        
3:45pm - 4:00pm   Break        
4:00pm - 5:15pm   TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
TA Discussion
Session / Supervised Work
5:15pm - 6:00pm   Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time Free Time
6:00pm - 7:00pm   Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner  
7:00pm - 7:30pm   Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments Language Homework Assignments  

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Residential Students

Check-in & Orientation  |  Residential Life  |  Residential Staff  |  Dining  |  Activities & Trips  |  Supervision  | Campus Security

Check-in & Orientation

Check-in will begin at Harleston Hall at 9am on Sunday, July 21st. Students are welcome to arrive on campus and check in anytime between 9am and 5pm. During check in, room assignments will be distributed and students will have the opportunity to meet their RAs and roommates and unpack.

Students arriving internationally or from the West Coast may have the option to arrive on Saturday if there is no possibility of arriving on Sunday. For students arriving from out of town, there is a shuttle service from the airport and train/bus station for students arriving from out of state. We provide a lot of details about Travel after you have been admitted to the program.

All students are required to attend Orientation, which will begin at 5pm on July 21st. During Orientation, we will review the overall program schedule, discuss policies and safety, and answer questions. Students will also have the opportunity to confirm their course schedules and staff will be on-hand 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 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.

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

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, gluten-free 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.

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.

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. Tufts takes the safety of its students very seriously. As such, our current policy for pre-college students states that students cannot leave campus without the supervision of an RA or a staff member.

Campus Security

Tufts campus is considered very safe among U.S. college campuses. Although crime on campus is unusual, we do have an open campus in a major metropolitan area and we expect our students to exercise good judgement and responsibility as they navigate the campus. Tufts University maintains its own police department, on the job 24 hours a day, if an emergency arises. Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light phone system and residence halls require a current and valid Tufts ID card for entry and a mechanical key for access to bedrooms.

For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page.

Harleston Hall is accessible with a current and valid Tufts ID card, which is required for entry into the building and a mechanical key for your bedroom door. Tufts University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that 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 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.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and concerns.

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Commuter Students

Commuting to the ProgramOrientationDining | Supervision | Campus Security

Commuting to the Program

We know that for some students, living on campus is not the best option. We still welcome you to our program! For commuter students, the program will begin at 5pm on July 21st with an orientation and end at 8pm on Friday, August 2nd with a closing dinner. Saturday, July 27th is NOT a program day and commuter students should not come to campus on that day. During each day of the program, commuter students must arrive on campus at 8:45am to the Dewick-MacPhie Dining Hall so they can walk over to their language classes with their friends. Students must depart from campus by 6pm at the latest, though students may leave at the end of the TA discussion sessions at 5:15pm.

Students remaining on campus past 6pm or on non-program days will not be under the care of program staff (parents accept responsibility) except on the first Sunday and last Friday of the program, on which days the end of the opening / closing dinners (8pm) will be the official departure time for students.

Commuter students and their parents are responsible for ensuring their student travels to and from campus safely and on time each day. Detailed information about traveling to the Medford / Somerville campus, including details on parking, can be found here.

Please note: commuter students are not permitted to enter any residence halls on campus. Breakfast / dinner are not provided for these students.

Orientation

All students are required to attend Orientation, which will begin at 5pm on July 21st. During Orientation, we will review the overall program schedule, discuss policies and safety, and answer questions. Students will also have the opportunity to confirm their course schedules and staff will be on-hand to address any issues.

Dining

Commuter program fees include lunch each day of the program. 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, gluten-free, 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.

Supervision

Students are required to attend all classes and academic workshops each day. Attendance is taken at each class. Tufts takes the safety of its students very seriously. As such, our current policy for pre-college students states that students cannot leave campus during class time without the supervision of a staff member. Commuter students’ commute to campus and time before 8:45am or after 6pm will not be monitored by program staff, although Tufts community members have Tufts University Police Department and other campus safety protocols available at all times.

Campus Security

Tufts campus is considered very safe among U.S. college campuses. Although crime on campus is unusual, we do have an open campus in a major metropolitan area and we expect our students to exercise good judgement and responsibility as they navigate the campus. Tufts University maintains its own police department, on the job 24 hours a day, if an emergency arises. Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light phone system and residence halls require a current and valid Tufts ID card for entry and a mechanical key for access to bedrooms.

For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page.

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Life at Tufts

Student Life & Campus Tour | University Facilities | Health & Wellness | Supervision | Campus Security

Student Life & Campus Tour

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.

Take a Tufts Virtual Tour

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 racquet 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 will collect details regarding allergies and accessibility concerns.

Tufts has procedures in-place for students with urgent or emergency needs, 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, if one is provided, in the event of an issue. Please see our Health & Wellness Services page for additional information.

In any type of health & wellness emergency, 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.

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. Tufts takes the safety of its students very seriously. As such, our current policy for pre-college students states that students cannot leave campus without the supervision of an RA or a staff member.

Campus Security

Tufts campus is considered very safe among U.S. college campuses. Although crime on campus is unusual, we do have an open campus in a major metropolitan area and we expect our students to exercise good judgement and responsibility as they navigate the campus. Tufts University maintains its own police department, on the job 24 hours a day, if an emergency arises. Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light phone system and residence halls require a current and valid Tufts ID card for entry and a mechanical key for access to bedrooms.

For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page.

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Application Materials & Deadlines

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Application & Key Enrollment Dates

Program Application Opens Application & Admissions Document Deadline Payment Deadline Enrollment Forms Deadline
International Relations December 1 April 1 April 30 or upon enrollment thereafter June 29

Program Eligibility

*Deadlines are driven by the specific courses students intend to enroll in. Please see the Summer Session academic calendar for more details.

Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs. This page includes instructions for both types of students.

Student Eligibility

Program Eligibility Requirements for All Students
International Relations Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 by program start

Non-Native English Speakers

If you are a non-native English speaker, you will be asked to submit documents demonstrating your proficiency in English. The following are our eligibility standards:

English Language Proficiency Requirements
Test or Course Test Score or Course Grade
Paper-Based TOEFL 550 or above
Computer-Based TOEFL 213 or above
Internet-Based TOEFL 79 or above
IELTS 7.0 or above
CET-4 550 or above
CET-6 520 or above
Intermediate English Course Transcript demonstrating B+ or higher in the last 2 years
All-English High School or Middle School Transcript demonstrating 1+ years

Application Requirements

Please note that, for students under 18, parents will be asked to confirm their approval of the application. The application will ask you for the following:

Application Information & Requirements

Basic Personal Information Recommender Contact Information Test Scores Academic History & Transcript Other Requirements
Yes 1 Optional Yes Language Preference
Official High School Transcript (back to 9th grade)

Delivery options:

  • Mailed to:
    Tufts Pre-College Programs
    Dowling Hall
    419 Boston Avenue
    Medford, MA 02155

  • Emailed: 
    By your high school to summer@tufts.edu
Parent Permission Form

As a part of your application, you will be asked to provide your parent/guardian name and contact information. Once you submit your application, our systems will email the parent/guardian you listed in the application with instructions for how to fill out the online parent permission form.

Letter of Recommendation

If your application requires a letter of recommendation, you will be asked to provide and name and contact information for the person you would like to write your letter. This person can be a teacher, counselor, mentor, etc. Once you have entered the contact information, our system will send this person an email with instructions for how to submit their letter of recommendation online.

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Tuition & Fees

Program Rates

Residential rate: $5,250
Commuter rate: $4,000

Additional Information & Related Policy Information

  • Deposit required (see below)
  • In no cases are incidentals, medical / dental fees, transportation to / from the Program covered in the program fees

Deposits & Health Insurance

Non-Refundable Program Deposit: $550

  • A pre-payment on tuition is required to reserve space in the program
  • This deposit will be applied toward program tuition and is not an additional fee
  • The balance of payment for tuition is due upon notification of charges, and no later than April 1, 2019
  • This deposit is non-refundable in the event of withdrawal from the program

Health Insurance 2019: TBD (Coverage dates: TBD)

  • All high school students enrolled in Tufts College Experience or Pre-College Intensives must carry valid U.S.-based health insurance
  • Students will be asked to provide evidence of sufficient insurance during the enrollment process. If your student has sufficient insurance, no further action will be necessary.
  • Those who do not have sufficient insurance will be asked to purchase a plan during the enrollment process.

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Financial Aid

Tufts Pre-College Programs are committed to welcoming students from all backgrounds to Tufts’ campus. Although we have only limited financial aid available, we do our best to distribute the funds to students for whom it can make the greatest difference in their ability to attend.

Availability of Awards

Each of the programs offering financial aid in this way offers a very limited number of scholarships, typically covering 75—100% of the program fee based on demonstrated need. We will distribute two awards in February and will continue to issue awards in March and April, until all available funds have been distributed.

Please note, international students are not eligible for financial aid at this time. Families should expect to contribute to the remaining portion of the program cost as well as other expenses like travel, books, etc

Process

  1. Complete the Admissions Application for the pre-college program you would like to attend.
  2. Submit a Financial Aid Application (found below) for that program to summer@tufts.edu.
    1. Deadlines. Submit by the dates below to be considered for that month’s review cycle. Submissions will not be considered after available funds have been distributed.
      1. February: submit by February 21
      2. March: submit by March 24
      3. April: submit by April 24
  3. We will review your Financial Aid Application after we have received the materials below and you have been admitted into the program:
    1. Completed Admissions Application
    2. Parental Consent Form (emailed to your parent after completing your application)
    3. Letter of Recommendation (if needed)
    4. High School Transcript (if needed)
  4. If you receive an award
    1. You will be notified by email within five business days of the deadline.
    2. You will have 10 business days to accept the award by emailing summer@tufts.edu.
    3. Tufts Pre-College Programs will then credit your student account with the amount of financial aid you received.
    4. Please note: Your enrollment in the program is still contingent on payment of any remaining balance after the award is applied to your account, and on receiving your enrollment forms.
  5. If you do not receive an award, your application will be automatically considered in the next application cycle, unless funds are no longer available.
  6. Once all of our funds have been distributed, we will notify all remaining applicants.

Financial Aid Application

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Policies

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