Summer Institute for International Scholars

The Summer Institute for International Scholars was established nearly 20 years ago and is designed to support all international graduate students from any discipline make the transition to a graduate program in North America. The program offers students intensive course work designed to develop their academic writing, research, communication, and presentation skills. Additionally, students learn how to navigate out-of-class etiquette such as study groups and networking while the program builds their confidence necessary for success in graduate school.

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Program Requirements

To apply for this program you must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 (Online)  
Program Dates July 3 - August 12
Application Deadline June 1 *late applications accepted for additional fee
Payment Deadline June 15

Program Schedule

Classes take place 8:45 am - 12:30 pm Monday - Friday. 

Program Costs

Application Fee - $85, collected at time of application

Tuition Deposit - $100, collected at time of application
This deposit is deducted from the total tuition cost, but is not refundable if a student chooses to withdraw their application.

Program Fee - $8,250
The all-inclusive fee includes tuition, 20 meals a week (breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday - Saturday and brunch and dinner on Sunday), materials, access to Tufts facilities including the gym and library, many excursions, traveler's insurance, and airport transfers to and from Logan airport (we pick up only at the airport and drop off only at Tufts university).

Refund Policy

If a student chooses to withdraw from the program between June 15 and the start of the program, the program will refund 80% of the program fee.

Program Curriculum

In the program, students will be part of a personalized classroom environment where they can focus on learning the skills most important to them while engaging with classmates from across the globe. Course work is divided into three complementary parts: A Graduate Skills Course, A Specialized Subject Matter Workshop, and English Enhancement Tutoring.

Professional/Graduate Skills Course

The Graduate Skills course focuses on building the student's academic note-taking, writing, research, communication, and presentation skills to prepare them for teamwork, discussions, debates, and other critical interactions that take place in any graduate program. As part of the class, students must go through the process of writing a graduate-level research paper and deliver a 30-minutes professional presentation.

Subject Matter Workshop

The Subject Matter Workshop workshop provides a behind-the-scenes look at what to expect in a graduate school program. Through guest speakers and daily workshops, students gain significant insight into what is expected, giving students an advantage their peers would not receive. Workshop topics will include how to find campus resources, what to know about course selection, and how to be a productive member of a study group or presentation group.

Language Tutoring

Students needing additional writing or language support may enroll in additional tutoring sessions. Trained academic support specialists provide individual instruction and provide feedback on ways to strengthen the student's academic and language skills.