International STEM Scholars Program

Interested in studying Engineering and learning English in Boston over the summer?  Our International STEM Scholars program will prepare you for graduate engineering programs by providing focused training in academic speaking and research writing. During the six-week program you will build skills to thrive in graduate school and the workplace. You’ll also earn credit hours in a special course taught by faculty from Tufts School of Engineering.

Program Requirements

To apply for this program you must have:

  • A completed undergraduate degree
  • An intention to pursue STEM-related studies at a university or college
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 71 (internet), 197 (computer), or 530 (paper)

Note that priority will be given to incoming Tufts M.S. students.

Dates and Deadlines

Deadline Date
Program Dates June 30 - August 9, 2019
Application Deadline June 1* late applications will be accepted for additional fee. 
Payment Deadline June 15
Classes Begin July 1
Classes End August 9

Program Cost

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.

Shipment Fees
If you need an I-20 from Tufts for your visa application, you will need to register for a free account with University Express Mail Service to assist with international shipping. Shipping costs vary according to the country you reside in. You will receive additional instructions for UEMS from our office once you have completed your application.

Residential Students - $11,315
The all-inclusive fee includes tuition, housing in a double room, 20 meals a week, traveler’s insurance, some activities, and access to Tufts facilities on campus.

Commuter Students - $9,015
The all-inclusive includes tuition for both courses, 5 meals a week, traveler’s insurance, some activities, and access to Tufts facilities on campus.

Program Curriculum

Your program will consist of two main classes and afternoon extracurricular activities and excursions. You are invited to participate in the Discover America excursions on Wednesday afternoons that explore the greater Boston area. Classes meet weekdays from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

English Language Course

Mondays and Wednesdays

Your specialized ESL course will have two main focuses: academic speaking and research writing. You will work to develop and refine language skills for teamwork, discussions, debates, and other verbal interactions, and learn to construct a graduate-level research paper.

Communications for Technical Professionals

Tuesdays and Thursdays

In this class, you will learn to make conscious communications decisions, use the principles of effective written and oral communication, and tailor messages to workplace audiences. Additionally, you will practice skills needed to create and give effective presentations. You will earn 3 semester credit hours that can be used toward the Tufts M.S. degree or transferred to another program.

Weekly Workshop


During the weekly workshop, you’ll meet with instructors from both courses to review key concepts and receive focused support in a more informal classroom setting.

Office Hours and Tutoring

During one-on-one office hours you’ll receive individual feedback to strengthen listening, note-taking, writing, and seminar presentation skills. You may also choose to attend tutoring session for additional academic support.