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Tufts Pre-College Programs

Summer 2019

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College is just around the corner!

Want to spend part of your summer experiencing the world-class academics at Tufts University? We have the program for you! Tufts offers multiple exciting opportunities for high school students to study and explore the university during the summer. Each program is described below; follow the links to learn more about each program. We hope to see you on campus this summer!

Application opens December 1, 2018.

Why Tufts?

Here at Tufts, we are lucky to have an incredible community of students from across the country and around the world. Students who are passionate learners in the classroom and beyond. Students with an amazing spirit of collaboration, working together on research, sustainability, and artistic projects. Students who are committed to making a difference while they are here on campus and who we know will go on to change the world.

But at Tufts, we know that greatness doesn’t just start in college—high schoolers all over the world share the same passions and characteristics as our undergraduate and graduate students at Tufts. That’s why we want to expand our Tufts community to you: high school students! Join us for a summer of enriching academics with opportunities to connect with students from around the world and to experience life on campus.

We can’t wait to see all of your amazing accomplishments this summer and beyond!

6-Week Programs

Summer Session for High Schoolers

Courses and workshops offered throughout the summer.
Tufts credit option. Commuter, on campus, and online.

Are you a commuter student who just wants to take one or two courses or a workshop during the summer without taking a whole program? If so, this is the option for you! Students enrolled in this program can sign up for any course or workshop at Tufts that is open to high school students. Our offerings include on-campus and online options, undergraduate or pre-college courses, studio art workshops, and college prep workshops … with most offered for credit.

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Tufts College Experience (June 30 - August 9)

Medford / Somerville Campus
6 Weeks. Tufts credit. Residential.

Get a taste of life at Tufts University! This residential program is designed to mirror the undergraduate experience, allowing highly motivated students to select their own course schedule. This program mixes college-level study in two undergraduate-level courses (for credit!) with college tours, fun activities, and the opportunity to make lifelong friends.

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Tufts Summer Research Experience (June 30-August 9)

Medford / Somerville Campus
6 Weeks. Not for Credit. Residential or Commuter.

Spend six weeks at Tufts under active mentorship to learn hands-on laboratory techniques and/or data and processing skills. Students will work in Tufts research laboratories, actively participating in the rigorous and ethical research currently being explored at Tufts. Lab time will be supplemented with journal clubs, a poster session, and the opportunity to experience life on the Tufts University campus.

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Intensives (2-3 Weeks)

Tufts Pre-College Intensives

Spend two or three weeks intensively studying your favorite subject at Tufts University, making new friends, and exploring our campuses and Boston. These programs combine the rigor and intensity of Tufts-level course work with the fun of summer learning. Choose from 5 options in Summer 2019.

Engineering Design Lab (July 14-July 26)

Medford / Somerville Campus
2 weeks. Not for Credit. Residential or Commuter.

Engineering design is the practical application of the science and theory of engineering to the needs of the real world. Through team-based projects in our brand new state-of-the art maker space, lectures, and guest speakers students will examine not just the ‘how’ but the ‘why’ of engineering projects preparing them for the way real engineering projects work! All while meeting new friends and experiencing life on the campus of Tufts University.

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International Relations (July 21 - August 2)

Medford / Somerville Campus
2 weeks. Tufts Credit. Residential or Commuter.

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.

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Leadership for Social Change (July 7-July 19)

Medford / Somerville Campus
2 Weeks. Tufts Credit*. Residential.

Join Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life for an exciting, engaging, two-week summer program created for those who are passionate about making a difference in the world and having an impact on local and global issues. With a lens toward advancing equity, inclusion and participation in civic life, the program will equip students with the skills and knowledge to build connections, work collaboratively, and emerge as change agents who can inspire others.

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Programming and App Design (July 14-August 2)

Medford / Somerville Campus
3 weeks. Tufts Credit. Residential or Commuter.

Immerse yourself at Tufts University with an exciting, engaging, three-week summer program created for those who want to develop their programming skills with hands-on training in an immersive environment. Learning from experts in the field, the program will equip students with the programming skills and design concepts needed to develop apps that can make an impact in the world today. All levels welcome!

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Studio Art at the SMFA (July 7-July 26)

Boston Fenway Campus
3 Weeks. Not for Credit. Residential or Commuter.

Join our community of working artists and immerse yourself in thinking, creating and problem solving. While maintaining a focus on developing your unique artistic vision, you will take classes in the foundations of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and installation. SMFA's interdisciplinary approach to art means that you are encouraged to explore and integrate different media into your art. Our working artists will guide you in this process and advise you on your portfolio.

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Summer Study Abroad

Tufts Summit (June 30 - July 26)

Tufts European Center, Talloires, France
4 weeks. Not for credit. Abroad.

Tufts Summit is a four week academic enrichment program for rising high school juniors and seniors that takes place at the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France. The Tufts Summit Program offers students two courses: “International Relations in a Changing World,” a college-level class that looks at the complex world of international politics and diplomacy, and “La Langue et la Culture Française” an intensively interactive a course on French language and culture that emphasizes listening comprehension and speaking as well as daily French usage, expressions and pronunciation.

Day trips to international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland and cultural sites in Lyon, as well as excursions into the Alpine countryside enable students to gain an insider’s view of a world most know only from books and newspapers. Students live with carefully selected host families, most often with another student. The home stay is an integral and memorable part of the Tufts Summit experience and results not only in improved language skills, but also enduring friendships with French host families.

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