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Typically, 40-45 percent of Tufts undergraduates participate in full-year or semester-long foreign study programs around the world. Students may choose to spend their summer at Tufts' overseas campus in Talloires, France, a semester or year abroad at one of over 80 pre-approved programs, or select one of Tufts' study abroad programs in Chile, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, London, Madrid, Oxford, or Paris. Learn more.

Tufts Programs Abroad

Tufts has been offering study abroad programs for over five decades, and at present offers ten undergraduate programs abroad

Tufts in Beijing

Location: Beijing, China (new location in fall 2018!)
Program option: fall semester
Language of instruction: Chinese (Mandarin) and English

The Tufts-in-China Program began in 2002 at Zhejiang University in the city Hangzhou. With a strong curriculum and a robust program of extracurricular activities, Tufts in China has attracted over one hundred and seventy students since its inception, a number of whom are gainfully and happily employed in China today.

Beginning in fall 2018, the program will be renamed 'Tufts in Beijing,' as it moves to Beijing in partnership with Beijing Normal University. Renowned for its rich educational resources, BNU is a leader in developing talent of exceptional intellect and creativity. BNU has nearly 10,000 undergraduate students, with roughly 1,800 international students from over 100 countries. Its College of Chinese Language and Culture, where Tufts in Beijing is based, is hailed as one of the foremost 'National centers for teaching Chinese as a foreign language.' 

In addition to intensive language training, Tufts in Beijing also offers culture courses taught in English, volunteer and internship opportunities in Beijing, and a study-tour program that enables extensive cultural exploration and the opportunity to learn about China from a unique vantage point. The program's combination of curricular and co-curricular opportunities are designed to provide participants with an in-depth and enriching academic and cultural experience.

Tufts in Chile

Location: Santiago, Chile
Program options: fall semester or academic year
Language of instruction: Spanish

The Tufts-in-Chile program allows students to study at the University of Chileand the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, two of the region's leading universities, for the fall semester or the academic year. Students are urged to stay for an academic year, and admission preference is given to students applying for the full year. 

The University of Chile, founded in 1738, is one of Latin America’s oldest and most prestigious universities. It includes thirteen faculties that range from arts and sciences to law and medicine. The university has 23,000 undergraduate students and 55 libraries that contain some two million volumes, divided among the various departments. Tufts-in-Chile students are fully integrated into the life of the university and are able to take regular courses in any of its faculties, which are located across five campuses that are accessible by public transportation. The faculties of Arts, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences are all located on the same Juan Gomez Millas campus.

The Pontificia Universidad Católica, founded in 1888, was granted academic autonomy by the Chilean government in 1931. It is a private (with public support) urban, multi-campus university. Its 18 faculties are distributed across four campuses in Santiago and one regional campus in southern Chile.

Tufts in Ghana

Location: Legon, Ghana
Program option: fall semester
Language of instruction: English

The Tufts-in-Ghana program, which takes place in the fall semester, links Tufts to the University of Ghana (Legon), located just outside the booming metropolis of the capital, Accra.

The University of Ghana, founded in 1948, is a full-service research and teaching university comprising two main colleges (College of Health Sciences and College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences); six faculties (Arts, Law, Science, Social Studies, Engineering Science, and Business School); and numerous institutes, schools, and centers, some of which offer courses only at the graduate level (for example, the School of Communication Studies and the School of Public Health). The university’s more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students are served by nine residence halls, two international student hostels, a chain of privately operated hostels, central and branch libraries, a university hospital, several banks, a post office, and several communication centers for email, telephone, and fax. The area of Legon is part of Greater Accra, a cosmopolitan urban center.

Tufts in Hong Kong

Location: Hong Kong (SAR), China
Program option: spring semester
Language of instruction: English

Hong Kong, an affluent modern city of more than seven million, offers visitors a unique blend of Eastern history and Western influence. Returned to China in July 1997 after more than 150 years as a British Crown Colony, Hong Kong continues to enjoy a high degree of autonomy as a Special Administrative Region. It is home to one of the most active ports in the world and is an important global financial hub. The city has a vibrant and bustling urban center with an iconic skyline and a world-class gastronomic scence. At the same time, however, a variety of natural delights can be found within easy reach of the city: mountains, lush islands, and sprawling country parks. 

The Tufts-in-Hong Kong program is affiliated with the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and offered for the spring semester. HKU evolved from the former Hong Kong College of Medicine, which was instituted in 1887. Since HKU's founding in 1911, the University has embodied the pioneering spirit of Hong Kong. It remains at the forefront of breakthroughs in medical and scientific research. HKU has a total student population of around 28,000 (undergraduate and graduate), with about 9,500 international students.

Courses are taught in English and are offered across a broad curriculum. Faculties open to Tufts-in-Hong Kong students include Arts, Education, Business and Economics, Engineering, Law, Science, and Social Sciences.

Tufts in Japan

Location: Kanazawa, Japan
Program options: fall semester, spring semester, or academic year
Language of instruction: Japanese and English

Despite recent fluctuations in the economy, Japan remains a major world economic power. In order to prepare students for a future of increased contact with Asia, Tufts in Japan offers students a full academic year or spring semester in Kanazawa, one of the most beautiful cities in Japan. Located on the Japan Sea (facing Korea and China), Kanazawa is an ancient castle town.

Like Boston, Kanazawa is a city of many parks and colleges. Emphasis has been placed on education, and the cultural level of the people is high. Students take classes at the newly rebuilt Kanazawa University, one of the leading national universities. By night, students are able to enjoy the lively nightlife of Korinbo. In addition to a number of sophisticated department stores, the city has a famous open market and wonderful food; ever from Mister Donuts to exquisite Kaga cuisine. In short, Kanazawa is big enough to be interesting and small enough to be intimate and manageable, a perfect place to get started in Japan. Kyoto/Osaka, a more urban environment, is two hours away by train, and Tokyo is just an hour flight, or a two and one-half hour train ride.

Tufts in London

Location: London or Egham (Surrey), England
Program options: 
fall semester (UAL only), academic year (RHUL, SOAS, UAL, and UCL), or spring semester (RHUL, SOAS, and UAL only)

The Tufts-in-London program is completely integrated into University College London (UCL), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), and the University of the Arts, London (UAL).

UCL, founded in 1826, is the oldest, largest, and most distinguished college of the University of London. UCL was the first to admit students regardless of class, religion, race, or gender. With a total student population of approximately 36,000, of whom nearly 40% come from 150 countries across the world, UCL is known for its strong scholastic tradition: it boasts 29 Nobel Prize winners among its graduates and past faculty.
SOAS was founded in 1916 and focuses on the languages, cultures, and societies of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. With a student population of around 5,000, of whom roughly 50% are from outside the UK, SOAS has a dynamic student body with a global vision unlike any other.
The University of the Arts, London is one of the world's premier institutions for art and design, and is ideally suited for SMFA students looking to study abroad (yet is open to all Tufts students). UAL offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication, and performing arts. It is comprised of six renowned constituent colleges, each enjoying a world-class reputation of its own.
UCL, SOAS, and UAL are all located in the heart of London.

RHUL is a member college of the University of London, but situated outside of London near the historic castle city of Windsor in the beautiful English countryside. Still less than an hour's journey to the heart of London, RHUL is a campus university akin to Tufts in size and environment. Apart from its academic excellence, RHUL is also recognized as the University of London’s top sporting college.

Tufts in London is designed as a one-year program of academic study (UCL is only available for the full year), but semester options are available as follows: RHUL and SOAS are offered for the full year or for the spring semester; and UAL has full year, fall and spring semester options.

Tufts in Madrid

Location: Madrid, Spain
Program options: fall semester, spring semester, or academic year
Language of instruction: Spanish

The Tufts-in-Madrid program is offered as a semester- or year-long program of academic study. Students are encouraged to choose the year-long option, and admission preference is given to those who do. The program is run jointly with Skidmore-in-Spain, although Tufts represents roughly 70% of students. Designed to suit students with a variety of academic interests, the program combines a curated curriculum of in-house, seminar-style courses with the opportunity to enroll in courses offered at one of two local host institutions.

The Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) was founded in 1970 and is located in Cantoblanco, on the northern outskirts of Madrid. The University of Alcalá (UAH) is a medium-sized public research institution located in the heart of Alcalá de Henares. Both universities offer a variety of courses across multiple departments and subject areas. You may also take courses at local private academies in areas such as studio art, dance, and music.

Courses designed specifically for Tufts in Madrid are taught in the Madrid program center. The program also offers a rigorous Global Internship Program with flexible credit options in the fields of community health, women’s advocacy, international relations, human rights, journalism, diplomacy, education, environmental studies, scientific research, marketing, finance, and more. Additionally, the program offers regular education and training on intercultural competency development, awarding students a certificate of completion at the end of the program. 

For more program information, please check out the Tufts-Skidmore in Madrid website.

Tufts in Oxford

Location: Oxford, England
Program option: academic year

The University of Oxford, with 12,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate students, is now over 800 years old and consists of thirty-eight independent, self-contained, self-governed colleges and numerous other institutes and organizations. Tufts maintains an agreement with Pembroke College, through which a select few qualified Tufts students may spend an academic year as fully integrated visiting students. Pembroke College was founded in 1624 and has a student body of 500. It is a friendly and informal college that emphasizes intellectual activity, but also values sports, drama, and music. (Pembroke has its own boathouse and playing fields.) There are numerous clubs and societies organized by Pembroke students.

Tufts in Paris

Location: Paris, France
Program options: fall semester, spring semester, or academic year
Language of instruction: French

The Tufts-in-Paris program offers a combination of Tufts in-house courses taught by French professors and courses in French institutions of higher education in Paris, notably the University of Paris III, University of Paris I, University of Paris VII, and the Institut Catholique. Courses are available in French and comparative literature, political science, economics, history, cinema and theater studies, communications, art history, philosophy, religion, psychology, European studies, and international relations. Qualified students may also apply for the full-year certificate program in Social Sciences and Humanities at the prestigious Sciences Po Paris (in which case they would take the entirety of their coursework at Sciences Po). Students of Fine Art may undertake a spring semester (only) of studio-based study at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA). All courses are taught in French. 

Full-year students have the opportunity to be part-time interns for two months in the spring semester. Placements are varied and include small French companies, art galleries, and NGOs. Volunteer activities are also possible for both semester and full-year students. Full-year students take the TCF (test de connaissance du français), which is recognized worldwide as validation of their level of French.

While Tufts in Paris is designed as a full-year program, a semester option (either fall or spring) allows students to enroll in at least two in-house courses, including a mandatory French language course equivalent to French 121/122, and two courses at the aforementioned French institutions. Note: French institutions may limit enrollments, and priority may be given to students either enrolling for the full year or taking a course toward their major. Students wishing to enroll at Sciences Po may only do so for the full year.

Tufts in Tübingen

Location: Tübingen, Germany
Program options: spring semester or academic year
Language of instruction: German

The Tufts-in-Tübingen program, which enrolls up to twenty students, is completely integrated into the German university system. Program participants study at the Eberhard Karls University, founded in 1477 and one of Europe’s best academic and research-oriented universities. Seven Nobel laureates are included among the university's former students, researchers, and instructors. National and international rankings consistently underline the high quality of the university’s research and teaching. A large selection of courses is offered, with more than 280 majors and minors represented at the undergraduate and doctoral levels. Tufts-in-Tübingen students have enrolled in courses across the university, from archaeology to zoology.

The university and the city of Tübingen are closely intertwined. The city has about 85,000 inhabitants, including some 28,000 students from Germany and abroad. Tübingen is centrally located within Europe and is long recognized for its international atmosphere. Rich in culture and history, the city combines the flair of a picturesque medieval town with the energy of a vibrant cosmopolitan university town. With a range of cultural and sports activities within easy access of the campus, Tübingen is an ideal university setting.

The Tufts-in-Tübingen program is designed as a one-year program of academic study and students are strongly urged to pursue the year option. However, it is possible to apply for the spring semester only.

Summer Abroad

Tufts offers several opportunities to study abroad with Tufts' faculty during the summer. 

Non Tufts Programs Abroad

Every year more than five hundred Tufts students study abroad for part of their undergraduate education. In addition to offering ten Tufts Programs Abroad, Tufts also permits students to take a study-abroad leave of absence from the university in order to participate in pre-approved “non-Tufts” programs administered by foreign institutions, other U.S. colleges and universities, and study-abroad provider organizations.  

Talloires European Center

The Talloires European Center offers academic programs for college undergraduates, high school students, alumni and adult learners. Hosts a variety of international conferences, all of which aid in facilitating and promoting international understanding. The European Center is based on the University’s campus in Talloires, France.