Program Details

Accommodations and Meals

You will live individually in a French homestay to foster language acquisition and experience French family life firsthand. All French hosts are carefully selected, and many have hosted previous Tufts students. You will have your own room, and meals include breakfast and five evening meals per week with your hosts. In addition, you will receive a monthly meal stipend to eat lunch in university cafeterias (or equivalent) and cover other evening meals. All arrangements for room and board are made for the year or semester, whichever applies. Changes may be made as appropriate after consultation with the housing coordinator, but the only housing option is a homestay.

Full-year students receive an annual transportation pass (metro and bus) at the beginning of the year. Semester students receive a transportation stipend every month to purchase a monthly pass.

The program also provides full-year students with a railway discount pass that allows you to purchase reduced-fare train tickets for travel within France.


The full-year and semester programs both begin with a mandatory ten-day orientation period in Paris which includes information sessions on cross-cultural issues, the French university system and course registration, safety and security, banking and finances, walking tours in Paris, and diverse activities designed to acquaint students with life in Paris and France. The orientation program ends with an excursion outside of Paris with program staff. Full-year students spend a weekend in late September in the French Alps near lake Annecy and Talloires at Tufts’ European Center.

Student Activities

The Tufts-in-Paris program includes day trips and one weekend trip each semester to sites of historical and architectural interest. Past excursions have included Fontainebleau, Giverny, Versailles, Chartres, the Loire Valley, Brittany, Normandy, Burgundy, and Alsace. In addition, an individual cultural stipend each semester allows you to be reimbursed for cultural activities of your choosing, such as museum exhibits, tickets to French plays or movies, dance lessons, partial membership fees for a gym or French student association, concerts, or sports events.

As full-time students in France, you will also benefit from the same advantages as French students: low-priced meals in university restaurants throughout Paris; reduced-price entry fees at cinemas, concert halls, theaters, and museums; and even free events for students.

Program Dates

(Please note that dates are approximate and subject to change)

The fall-semester program runs from early September (late August for Sciences Po) to mid-December; the spring-semester program runs from early January to mid-May.