Application Process: Tufts Programs Abroad

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are now closed; applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in October 2022.


All Tufts 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 (by November 1st)**. Please refer to our page on Planning and Applying for more information. 

**Students who indicate their intent to study abroad will not receive an on-campus housing lottery number, and can choose to be placed on a waitlist for on-campus housing. Questions about the waitlist and on-campus housing application should be directed to Residential Life.

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. Students should be aware that if they are admitted or nominated to Tufts Programs Abroad but are later placed on either Disciplinary or Academic Probation, they will be withdrawn from their program.

You are also required to have at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for all programs except in the following cases, where a higher GPA is required:

  • 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 required of students applying to QMUL, RHUL, or UAL, while students applying to 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). For LSE and UCL, a 3.5 GPA is strongly recommended; students with a 3.3 GPA may be considered (except in cases where a higher GPA is required by the specific subject at LSE or UCL) but should be aware that LSE or UCL may not consider them a competitive candidate unless they can articulate a strong academic rationale for admission. Additional Departmental Admission Requirements by Host Institution: The following UCL departments/subjects require higher GPAs: 3.7 is required for Neuroscience. 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. In addition, Tufts will be examining enrollment capacity and may be unable to nominate all candidates to their partner of choice. 
  • For Paris, a GPA of 3.0 in all French courses is required. Applicants to Sciences Po are required to have a GPA of 3.5 and must successfully complete an exam in order to be nominated. Applicants to Centrale Supélec must have a GPA of 3.5 and have completed Math 51.
  • 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 prior to participation in the program:

  • For Tufts in Beijing: through CHNS 4 or equivalent
  • For Tufts in Chile: through SPN 22 or equivalent
  • For Tufts in Madrid: through SPN 4 or equivalent; those with SPN 22 will have access to more advanced coursework
  • For Tufts in Paris: through FR 22 or equivalent for the primary program; through FR 2 or equivalent for Beaux-Arts applicants; through FR 1 for Paris College of Art and Centrale Supélec.
  • 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, Deadlines, and Requirements

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 Hong Kong, Japan, London, and Oxford programs.) While the majority of students apply to study abroad in their junior/third year at Tufts (most UK universities will only admit students who will be in their third year), in some 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 option 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 2023-24, fall 2023, AND spring 2024 programs should be submitted no later than February 1, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. (EST), with the exception of the Oxford program which has an application deadline of December 1, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. (EST). (Applications will open in October 2022.) In order to be considered for any of our Tufts Programs Abroad, you must submit a completed application by the deadline (in addition to the Intent to Study Abroad registration by November 1, 2022); 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: Students are encouraged to apply for only one Tufts-in-London option (e.g., Tufts in London - UCL or Tufts in London - LSE, etc.) or to indicate within the application system which option/partner is their first choice if applying to two. 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) describing your academic background, strengths, and goals and how the program of application aligns with those.
  • 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 be asked 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 any of the studio-arts programs (Tufts in Paris at PCA or Beaux Arts or Tufts in London at UAL), at least one of the recommendations must come from an art instructor who can speak to your capabilities and accomplishments within studio arts.
  4. 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 2022) sent to our office from your college or university’s Registrar (our office will obtain official transcripts for applicants from Tufts). 
  • There is a non-refundable $50 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 the 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 online application portal for Tufts Programs Abroad in 2023-24 will go live in October 2022. Links to each program's application for the 2023-24 academic year will be provided below (please be sure to select the correct link).



Decisions on applications to Tufts Programs Abroad are normally made by early March. If accepted or approved for nomination, you must submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 to secure a place in the program. If you withdraw after committing, you will forfeit the $500 deposit in addition to any non-recoverable expenses that have been made on your behalf at the time of withdrawal. No refunds are possible in cases of withdrawal once a program has 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 considerable non-recoverable 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.

Students enrolled in a Tufts Program Abroad will be required to complete certain pre-departure tasks in the semester prior to their semester or year abroad, including but not limited to completing a module in Canvas and submitting important paperwork regarding health and pre-arrival matters.