International Humanities Scholars Program

Tufts Summer Institute for International Humanities Scholars program is a 6-week intensive graduate level preparatory program designed to prepare college graduates intending to enroll in a humanities- or social science-based graduate program in North America. The program provides focused training in academic writing and in research and academic presentation and communication skills while building the confidence necessary for success in graduate school.

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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 2021  
Program Arrival Date 3:00pm July 3 - 3:00pm July 4
Program Dates July 5 - August 13
Program Departure Date August 14
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 for the 6 weeks of the program.

Commuter Students - $4,660
The all-inclusive fee includes tuition, lunch Monday - Friday, and many activities.

Online Students - $3,750
The all-inclusive fee includes tuition and access to Tufts online resources.

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


The program will be offered asynchronously with synchronous components. You will develop a 15-page graduate level research paper on a topic of your choosing and deliver a 30-minute presentation. Students will be broken into peer groups in which they can provide and receive peer feedback on their work. Students will provide article presentations as well as weekly reflective papers.

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. You will utilize these skills by leading class discussions and working in small groups on various activities. 

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.

Tutoring & E-Learning Support

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