Planning and Applying

Study abroad is possible for every student, but planning early (ideally in your first or second year at Tufts) can make the process go more smoothly and leave more options open to you. Begin by watching the "Study Abroad First Steps" presentation  or by attending an in-person meeting, and then discuss your plans with your major advisor, so that he or she can help you plot out when you will take your various degree and major requirements; we recommend saving a few of the more flexible requirements for study abroad so you will have more options with regard to program, location, and course selection. Students who wish to study abroad for a semester or year MUST submit their 'Intent to Study Abroad' in the fall of the academic year prior to the academic year in which the student plans to study abroad (December 15, 2020 for 2021-22).** As you begin the process of selecting a location and program, you will want to consider the factors listed below, but we also encourage you to do ample research on your intended host community, its cultural norms and attitudes, and what your individual experience in that host community might be.

**The selected term abroad will be communicated to Residential Life and may impact eligibility for the On-Campus Housing Lottery; please consult Residential Life if you have questions or concerns about your on-campus housing needs.

Here are some of the most important factors and steps that typically go into the decision to study abroad:

Comparing Tufts and External Programs

Financial Aid and Funding

Academic Credit

Application Process: Tufts Programs Abroad

Application Process: External Programs

Timelines for Application

  • For all students wishing to study abroad for a semester or year: Students must register their 'Intent to Study Abroad' to Tufts Global Education in the fall of the academic year prior to study abroad. For study abroad in the 2021-22 academic year, students must register by December 15, 2020 (deadline will likely be earlier in the fall term in future years). This is a non-binding process, but students who neglect to submit an 'Intent to Study Abroad' by the deadline will NOT later be eligible to study abroad. This process informs the university that a student plans to spend a semester (or two) of the next academic year abroad; once the 'Intent to Study Abroad' is submitted, students may then apply for either of the two program options:
  1. For Tufts Programs Abroad: February 1 of the academic year prior to study abroad (e.g., February 1 of sophomore year to study abroad with Tufts in Hong Kong spring of junior year)
  2. For External Programs: Students must begin their application process to external programs by applying through Tufts Global Education in the semester prior to the intended semester abroad (e.g., October 1 for spring semester and March 1 for fall semester or full year). A link to the TGE portion of your external-program application can be found on our list of approved programs (links coming soon); you must submit this portion along with your program-specific application (deadlines and links set by program provider).