International Scholars Program

Tufts Summer Institute for International Scholars program will prepare you for graduate school programs by providing focused training in writing and communication skills. During the six-week program, you will build the skills and confidence necessary for success in your graduate school or professional work environments while exploring the Greater Boston area.

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Program Requirements

To apply for this program you must have:

  • A completed undergraduate degree
  • An intention to pursue graduate studies at a university or college
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 71 (internet) or 197 (computer)

Dates and Deadlines

Summer 2020  
Arrival Date 3:00 PM June 27 - 3:00 PM June 28
Program Dates June 28 - August 7
Departure Date August 8
Application Deadline June 1 *late applications accepted for additional fee
Payment Deadline June 15

Program Costs

Application Fee - $65, collected at time of application

Tuition Deposit - $100, collected at the time of application
This deposit is deducted from the total tuition cost, but is not refundable if you choose to withdraw your application.

Residential Students - $7,770
The all-inclusive fee includes tuition, housing in a double room, meals, airport transfers, travelers health insurance, and many activities. Single rooms are available for an additional cost of $465.

Commuter Students - $4,660
The all-inclusive fee includes tuition, lunch Monday-Friday, traveler’s insurance, activities, and access to Tufts facilities on campus.

Refund Policy

If you choose to withdraw from the program between June 15 and the start of your program, we offer an 80% tuition refund.

Program Curriculum

Academic Speaking Focus

In your class, you will develop and refine your language skills for teamwork, discussions, debates, and other verbal interactions. We tailor grammar and pronunciation instruction to meet your skill level.

Research Writing Focus

In your class, you will learn to construct a graduate-level research paper. You will meet with your writing instructor to receive individual feedback and learn to strengthen your listening, note-taking, writing, and seminar presentation skills.


Should you need additional support, our program staff can arrange tutoring sessions to complement our intensive academic program.

Program Activities

Discover America

Summer Institute Scholars are invited to participate in the Discover America excursions led by instructors each Wednesday. Past Discover America excursions have included visits to the DeCordova Art Museum and Sculpture Park, Lowell Mills National Historical Park, John Joseph Moakley Federal Court House, Boston Tea Party Museum and Ships and Fenway Stadium - Home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Weekend Excursions

Activities and excursions in and around the Greater Boston area are scheduled each weekend to local beaches, shopping outlets, museums, and community events.