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Each summer, Tufts welcomes visiting undergraduate, graduate, professional and adult students from across the country and around the world. Summer enrollment at Tufts is a great way to earn University credits, to learn a new skill, or to get a head start on your next career.

Summer courses are usually offered in the evening or online allowing you to take classes for credit or personal or professional enrichment while enjoying and exploring the greater Boston area. We also offer housing in a residence hall on our Medford/Somerville campus.

Visiting students and adult learners may choose from more than 200 courses offered by the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of the Museum of Fine arts, and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.  Please note that enrolling in summer courses does not mean that students are admitted to a degree program at Tufts University.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires that all non-U.S. citizens who intend to study in the United States obtain student visas before enrolling.

Registration for International Students

Step 1: Check English Proficiency Requirement

The ability to study in the English language is a requirement. To confirm basic proficiency in written and spoken English, Tufts Summer Session requires that non-native/primary English speakers provide a recent score from a test of English as a second language.

ELL Requirements

Acceptable Documentation Scores
Paper-Based TOEFL 600 or above

Computer-based TOEFL

250 or above
Internet-based TOEFL 90 or above
IELTS 6.5 or above
CET-4 550 or above
CET-6 520 or above
Intermediate English course Transcript demonstrating B+ or higher in last 2 years
All-English High School or Middle School Transcript demonstrating 1+ years

The TOEFL or IELTS score will be waived if you have already graduated from a high school, college or university in the U.S.

Step 2: Apply for an I-20 from Tufts

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires that all non-U.S. citizens who intend to study in the United States obtain student visas before enrolling.

Tufts University will issue the I-20 or DS-2019 document needed to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visas if your application is received in time. See the International Student Calendar for details. It will take a minimum of two weeks for Tufts Summer Session to process these documents. Therefore, we recommend submitting the required information (below) by no later than:

  • First Session Course: April 15th
  • 12-Week Session Courses: April 15th
  • Second Session Course: May 15th

Tufts University recommends that students leave as much time as possible to obtain their student visas from the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. It is recommended that students contact the U.S. embassy or consulate closest to them for specific information on the length of time required to obtain a student visa.

If you currently hold an F-1 or J-1 visa from another institution and plan to transfer to Tufts sponsorship, please download and complete the Tufts International Center Transfer Form. Return this form to Summer at Tufts.

If you are an international student applying for F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship from Tufts, you are required to:

  • Enroll in at least one course for credit during each summer session that you wish to study at Tufts
  • Submit the following documentation/evidence to the Summer Session Office:
    • International Student Information Form
      This form provides Tufts University with important details about you, your family, and your intended study
    • Evidence of language proficiency 
    • Current academic transcript 
      Current college students and college graduates must provide Tufts Summer Session with a current academic transcript from the institution they attend or from which they have graduated. This document must be current (not older than one year)
    • Verification of sufficient funds 
      Please provide evidence of your ability to pay tuition and cover living expense. Original documentation is required (no copies). Third-party promise to pay (i.e., sponsorship or scholarship letters) must state explicitly the amount the organization will pay

Upon meeting academic and financial documentation requirements to verify eligibility to study in the U.S. on a student visa, Tufts Summer Session will provide applicants with an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, that is needed for acquisition of an eligible study visa.

Delivery of the I-20 form will be conducted through University Express Mail Services (UEMS), a secure express service for delivery of important documents between you and Tufts using reliable shipping companies. International students must create an account to be able to receive important documents from Tufts University.

After account creation, follow system prompts to set up delivery of important documents from Tufts Summer Session to you. Be sure that you select "Tufts Summer Session" when setting up the delivery. Other programs at Tufts University use UEMS, and an error in UEMS will cause delay or result in a possible loss of the opportunity to study at Tufts.

Payment for shipping through the UEMS service is the responsibility of the applicant. Options exist for payment, which include credit card, PayPal, or wire transfer.

If you are planning on continuing your studies at Tufts University after the summer, contact the Tufts International Center for more details.

Tufts International Center
20 Sawyer Avenue 
Medford, MA 02155

Phone: 617.627.3458 

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Step 3: Enroll in courses

Step 2: Enroll in courses. Registration opens January 2.

  1. Explore the Summer Course List before registration opens on January 2

  2. Add a course section to your Cart.
    1. A one-time, non-refundable $65 application fee will be applied to your Cart at point of check out.
  3. Check Out. Be sure you choose the correct credit type, since this may affect the tuition rate. Many of our courses are available for undergraduate credit, graduate credit, as well as for auditors and high schoolers.
  4. Create a Student Profile in our enrollment system to complete the checkout process
    1. You will create a username and password at this point that will give you access to your Student Portal on our enrollment system.
    2. Access to the enrollment system will allow you to easily enroll and pay for classes, drop classes, request refunds, and submit applications when needed.
  5. Complete your check out process by paying in full, a deposit, or requesting an invoice.
    1. Please visit the “How to Pay” page for instructions and information on paying for Summer Session classes.

If you need help, contact Tufts Student Services at 617-841-6247 or

Step 4: Pay your tuition and fees

Payment (in full or deposit) for your summer tuition, residence hall, and other charges are due upon enrollment. You will receive notice of your charges via email and instructions on how to pay the balance if needed. You won't be guaranteed a spot in class until your tuition has been paid in full. If you do not pay your tuition by the first day of the term, you may be un-enrolled.

Please see here Billing & Payment for additional information

Step 5: Check-in with a Tufts International Student Advisor

An interview with a Tufts International Student Advisor is required. You will be emailed instructions on how to meet the designated contact person. Failure to complete this step will result in immediate withdrawal from your course(s). This will invalidate your visa, putting your stay in the U.S. at risk