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Study Abroad Fair

Every September, we host a Study Abroad Fair with representatives from over twenty-five Tufts and non-Tufts 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.  Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 11:30am-2:00pm in Dowling 745. 

Confirmed programs in attendance include: BCA Study Abroad, IES Abroad, Syracuse University Abroad, Trinity College Rome, Brandeis in the Hague, Sweet Briar College Abroad, Arcadia University, College Year in Athens, Brown in Italy, DIS Copenhagen, Wellesley in Aix and ECCO Bologna, Tel Aviv University, CET Academic Programs, BU Study Abroad, Hebrew University, IFSA-Butler, Technion International, Middlebury Schools Abroad, The School for Field Studies, Organization for Tropical Studies, CIEE Study Abroad, The Swedish Program, SIT Study Abroad, AMIDEAST Education Abroad, Tufts Programs Abroad, Sarah Lawrence College, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, University of Melbourne, and Tufts in Talloires

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 2016 schedule is as follows:

  • Tufts-in-ChileWednesday, November 2 at 6:00pm in Dowling Hall Milmore Room
  • Tufts-in-ChinaTuesday, November 15 at 6:00pm in Olin Hall Laminan Lounge
  • Tufts-in-GhanaWednesday, November 16 at 6:00pm in Africana Center (Capen House) Lounge
  • Tufts-in-Hong KongWednesday, October 5 at 6:00pm in Dowling Hall Room 745B
  • Tufts-in-Japan: Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00pm in Dowling Hall Room 745A
  • Tufts-in-London: Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00pm in Dowling Hall Milmore Room
  • Tufts-in-Madrid: Thursday, October 13 at 6:00pm in Dowling Hall Milmore Room
  • Tufts-in-Oxford: Thursday, October 20 at 6:00pm in Dowling Hall Milmore Room
  • Tufts-in-Paris: Thursday, October 27 at 6:00pm in Dowling Hall Milmore Room
  • Tufts-in-Tübingen: Tuesday, November 1 at 6:00pm in Dowling Hall Milmore Room
Non-Tufts Programs Presentations

On occasion, representatives from non-Tufts 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. Non-Tufts presentations are specific to the program and do not cover any of the Tufts policies or procedures. The spring 2017 schedule of presentations is currently being set, but the following are confirmed:

  • Charles University Prague: Monday, February 6, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:30am (drop-in) in Dowling Hall, Room 745A
  • SIT Study Abroad: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:30pm (drop-in) in Dowling Hall, Milmore Room
  • IES Abroad: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:00pm in Dowling Hall, Room 701A
  • IFSA-Butler: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:30pm (drop-in) in Dowling Hall, Room 745A
  • Organization for Tropical Studies: Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:30pm (drop-in) in Dowling Hall, Room 745B
  • Arcadia University: Monday, March 13, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:30pm (drop-in) in Dowling Hall, Room 745B
Pre-Departure Meetings

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. (For certain Tufts Programs Abroad, pre-depature meetings take place during the Director's campus visit in the semester prior to your participation in the program. In such case, you will be informed of these meetings by email.) Schedule of meetings for students studying abroad fall 2017:

  • Non-Tufts Africa/Asia/Caribbean/Latin America/Middle East: TBD (May 2, 3, or 4)
  • Tufts in London*/Madrid*/Paris*/Tübingen: TBD (May 2, 3, or 4; *only for those who did not attend the group meeting during the Resident Director's campus visit) 
  • Non-Tufts UK/Ireland/Australia/New Zealand: TBD (May 2, 3, or 4)
  • Non-Tufts Mainland Europe: TBD (May 2, 3, or 4)
  • Tufts in Chile*/China/Japan: TBD (May 2, 3, or 4; *only for those who did not attend the group meeting during the Resident Director's campus visit)