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Study Abroad Fairs

Every September, we host an Annual Study Abroad Fair with representatives from over twenty-five Tufts and external programs. All class years and majors are welcome, though it will be of particular interest to first-year and sophomore students. Come and learn about the various options to spend a semester or year studying abroad. 2019 Fair Date: Wed., Sept 11th from 11:30am to 2:00pm.

We will be hosting the second annual STEM Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, from 11:30am to 2:00pm in the SEC Building.

First Steps Meetings

If you are considering study abroad, you must either attend an in-person "First Steps" meeting or watch the "First Steps" online module video series, ideally in your first or second year at Tufts. First Steps is an essential part of planning for study abroad, as it covers the basics of study abroad; the entire presentation lasts approximately 30 minutes. If you attend an in-person meeting, you will have an opportunity to ask some general questions about preparing for study abroad and selecting a program. In-person meetings held throughout the semester, at 12:00pm on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday (schedule varies); check calendar below for exact dates and locations.

Tufts Programs Abroad Information Meetings

In the fall semester, we hold program-specific information meetings (with pizza!) for each of our ten Tufts Programs Abroad. In these meetings, you will have an opportunity to learn more about our various program offerings, hear from program alumni, and meet Resident Directors. Come with questions about the experience and the application process. These meetings are especially targeted to sophomores preparing to apply for Tufts Programs Abroad (February 1 of sophomore year) for study abroad during their junior year. The fall 2019 schedule is as follows (please visit the links in the calendar below to RSVP):

  • Tufts-in-Beijing: Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Tufts-in-ChileTuesday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Tufts-in-GhanaTuesday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Tufts-in-Hong Kong: Monday, October 7 at 6:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Tufts-in-Japan: Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Tufts-in-London: Wednesday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Tufts-in-Madrid: Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Tufts-in-OxfordWednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Tufts-in-Paris: Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Tufts-in-Tübingen: Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. in Dowling 745A
  • Faculty-Designed Summer OptionsTBD
External Programs Presentations

On occasion, representatives from external programs visit campus to present on their offerings. These presentations are occasionally scheduled to follow a First Steps meeting; however, please note that attendance at a non-Tufts presentation does not satisfy the First Steps Meeting attendance requirement. Presentations by external programs are specific to the program and do not cover any of the Tufts policies or procedures. The fall 2019 schedule of presentations is currently being set, but includes so far:

  • London School of Economics: Thursday, September 12 at 5:00 pm in Dowling Hall, Room 730A
  • American University in Cairo: Monday, September 23 at 12:00 pm in Dowling Hall, Milmore Room
  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland: Friday, September 27 at 3:00 pm in Dowling Hall, Room 701A (time changed!)
  • University of Edinburgh, Scotland: Tuesday, October 1 at 12:00 pm in Dowling Hall, Room 730A
  • IFSA Butler: Thursday, October 10 at 10:00 am in Dowling Hall, Milmore Room
  • DIS: Wednesday, October 30 at 12:00 pm in Dowling Hall, Room 745A
  • AIT Budapest: Wednesday, October 30 at 4:00 pm in Dowling Hall, Room 745A
  • IES Amsterdam: Friday, November 1 at 12:00 pm in Dowling Hall, Milmore Room
  • Middlebury Schools Abroad in Italy: Wednesday, November 13 at 11:00 am in Dowling Hall, Room 745A
Pre-Departure Meetings for Spring 2020 Study Abroad

Each semester during Reading Period, our office will conduct pre-departure meetings for all students studying abroad in the coming semester. In these meetings, we will discuss important administrative, logistical, health, safety, and cultural matters that will help you prepare for the study-abroad experience. You are required to attend one meeting in the semester before you go abroad. Schedule of meetings for students studying abroad spring 2020:

  • Tufts in London/Madrid/Paris/Tübingen^: TBD during Reading Period (December 10th and 11th)
  • Non-Tufts Programs, Session A*: TBD during Reading Period (December 10th and 11th)
  • Tufts in Hong Kong/Japan^: TBD during Reading Period (December 10th and 11th)
  • Non-Tufts Programs, Session B*: TBD during Reading Period (December 10th and 11th)

*Non-Tufts meetings are not region-specific; attend either meeting A or B, depending on what works in your schedule.
^Tufts meetings are loosely region-specific; if you are unable to attend your location's meeting, you may attend the alternate meeting.