Application Process: Tufts Programs Abroad

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed.

General Eligibility

(Application instructions and links are available if you scroll down, but please make sure to read the eligibility requirements first.) All students who intend to study abroad for the semester or year (on either Tufts Programs Abroad or external programs) must submit an "Intent to Study Abroad" in the fall semester of the academic year prior to the academic year in which they intend to study abroad (likely November 1st- to be confirmed)**. Please refer to our page on Planning and Applying for more information. 

**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.

Good Standing and Required GPA

To participate in Tufts Programs Abroad, you must be in good academic and disciplinary standing from the time of application through participation in the program. "Good standing" means you are not on Disciplinary Probation or on Academic Probation. For a further explanation of "good standing," please consult the Student Code of Conduct.

You are also expected to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for all programs except as follows:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.7 after two semesters and through participation in study abroad is required for Oxford.
  • For London, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is expected of students applying to QMUL, RHUL, or UAL, while students applying to LSE, UCL or SOAS must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (applicants to SOAS with a 3.0 may be considered if their major GPA is higher). Additional Departmental Admission Requirements by Host Institution: The following UCL departments/subjects require higher GPAs: 3.7 is required for Neuroscience; and 3.5 is required for Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Political Science and International Relations, and Social Sciences. Those applying to study quantitative subjects at LSE must have a GPA of 3.5. Applicants wishing to study either History or Drama at RHUL must have a GPA of 3.3.  All applicants to Tufts in London are expected to show previous college-level coursework in the subject, program, or department they wish to pursue at the host institution.
  • For Paris, a GPA of 3.0 in all French courses is required. Applicants to Sciences Po are expected to have a GPA of 3.5 and must successfully complete an exam in order to be nominated.
  • For students in engineering applying to Tufts Programs Abroad, a GPA of 2.75 is required at the time of application through participation in the program, except where the host university’s requirements are higher.

Program-specific Language Requirements

In addition to the above general and GPA requirements, students applying to language-based programs must meet the following language prerequisites piror to participation in the program:

  • For Tufts in Beijing: through CHNS 4 or equivalent
  • For Tufts in Chile and Tufts in Madrid: through SPN 22 or equivalent
  • For Tufts in Paris: through FR 22 or equivalent for the primary program; through FR 2 or equivalent for Beaux-Arts applicants
  • For Tufts in Japan: through JPN 2 or equivalent for fall semester; through JPN 3 or equivalent for spring semester
  • For Tufts in Tübingen: through GER 4 or equivalent

Application Process

Applications are accepted from full-time students in good academic and disciplinary standing at Tufts University or any other accredited American college or university. (Only Tufts students may apply to the Oxford program.) While the majority of students apply to study abroad in their junior/third year at Tufts, in most cases, it is alternatively possible to study abroad in the sophomore or senior year; students are urged to discuss the advisability of studying in sophomore or senior year with their major adviser and Advising Dean, as the latter can impact timely graduation. Applicants should inform themselves of the target program's eligibility requirements by checking both the 'General Eligibility' requirements listed above as well as the 'Prerequisites' section of each program's page. Completed applications for the academic year 2021-22, fall 2021, AND spring 2022 programs should be submitted no later than February 1, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. (EST), with the exception of the Oxford program which has an application deadline of December 1, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. (EST). (Applications will open late November/early December 2020.) In order to be considered for any of our Tufts Programs Abroad, you must submit a completed application by the deadline; students interested in applying late to our programs must consult with our office regarding that possibility.

Students wishing to apply for Tufts in Oxford must first meet with Melanie Armstrong to discuss the program and application requirements. 

A special note about the Tufts-in-London application process: Following submission of an application to a Tufts-in-London program option linked below (e.g., UCL, LSE, etc.), Tufts Global Education will review your suitability for nomination to that particular partner institution. If you are approved for nomination by Tufts Global Education, your candidacy will then further be reviewed by the partner institution through an institution-specific application process (the details of which will be communicated to students following notification of approval for nomination). Therefore, your formal admission will be determined by the partner institution and not Tufts Global Education and you should prepare for additional steps in the application/approval process AFTER Tufts Global Education has vetted your Tufts-in-London application for nomination.

If you are applying to more than one program, you must submit one application for each program; you cannot apply to multiple programs in one application. Students from other colleges and universities are invited to contact Melanie Armstrong to discuss their interest in Tufts Programs Abroad.

Application Components

While the application is fairly self-explanatory and many of the application fields will require only short-answer responses, you may wish to prepare or arrange for the following application elements in advance:

  • You will need to include a personal statement (of approx. 500 words) based on the following prompt: “Describe your own academic and personal strengths and weaknesses. In light of these, why are you applying to this particular program?”
  • Your major adviser will need to approve your application after it has been submitted in our system, so please have a discussion with them regarding your study-abroad plans and how such plans may impact your progress toward graduation. This is also a good time to discuss with them the possibility of receiving any credits toward major requirements while abroad.
  • You will need to upload a copy of a valid (through six months beyond the end of the program) and signed passport, so please make arrangements for that as necessary; while it is possible to submit the application without the passport, you should plan to apply for or a renew your passport if you do not currently have a valid one.
  • You must arrange for two recommendations from faculty members who have taught you in a class and are familiar with your work (it is advisable for applicants to request these from faculty by mid-December prior to the February 1 deadline so that they may have ample lead time to write a meaningful recommendation.) When you list their names through the online-application system, they will be sent a form via email that provides instruction and guidance on what they should write; thus, you should begin the online application and list your recommenders' names EARLY (even if you are not yet ready to submit the entirety of the application) so that they can begin working on the recommendations well in advance of the deadline. The following exceptions/stipulations apply:
  1. If you are applying to a language-based program (Beijing, Chile, Japan, Madrid, Paris, Tübingen), one of the two recommendations must be from a language professor.
  2. If you are applying to Tufts in Hong Kong or Tufts in London, at least one recommendation should be from a faculty member in the subject, program, or department through which you wish to study while abroad.
  3. If you are applying to Tufts in Oxford, both recommendations should be from faculty members in the subject you wish to pursue while abroad.
  • If you are applying as a non-Tufts student: you will need to have an official transcript of all college work (including grades for fall 2020) sent to our office from your college or university’s Registrar (our office will obtain official transcripts for applicants from Tufts). Please be sure to enter your enrollment history on the 'Education' page of the application.
  • There is a non-refundable $40 application fee, payable by credit card, that is required upon submission (if you are applying to more than one program option, this fee is required for each application). Students meeting certain financial-eligibility requirements may be granted an application-fee waiver.

For Tufts in Oxford: see additional application procedures under Tufts-in-Oxford section. Please meet with Melanie Armstrong to discuss the program and application requirements.

Special note for students considering doing one program in the fall and then a second program in the spring:

Please consult with our office about your particular combination of programs, as the visa-application processes for certain countries (e.g. Spain and France) can make going to those locations in the second semester problematic or impossible.

Online Applications 

The new online application portal for Tufts Programs Abroad is now live! Links to each program's application for the 2021-22 academic year are provided below (please be sure to select the correct link).

Admission

Decisions on applications to Tufts Programs Abroad are normally made by early to mid-March. If accepted or approved for nomination, you must submit a nonrefundable deposit of $350 to guarantee a place in the program. If you withdraw after committing, you will forfeit the $350 deposit. No refunds are possible in cases of withdrawal once the programs have started because commitments and contractual agreements are made in advance of the students’ arrival; withdrawals close to the start of the program may result in certain non-refundable charges.

NOTE: Students on a Tufts Program Abroad remain enrolled at Tufts and do NOT need to submit leave of absence or transfer of credit requests.

Tufts students enrolled in a Tufts program are required to attend a pre-departure meeting in the semester prior to their semester or year abroad. Important information regarding the program, health, safety, and cultural adaptation will be discussed by Tufts Global Education staff and, where possible, alumni of the program.