As a Tufts student, you have the option to attend one of our ten Tufts Programs Abroad or an approved external program.  

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  Tufts Programs Abroad External Programs
Application Deadlines 

November 1: Register your Intent to Study Abroad for fall, spring, or full year of the next academic year.

December 1: Submit Tufts-in-Oxford application for the next academic year.

February 1: Submit application for all other Tufts Programs Abroad for the next academic year.

March 10: Update your status to 'Commit' in the Tufts application portal to confirm your participation in a Tufts program in the next academic year.

November 1: Register your Intent to Study Abroad for fall, spring, or full year of the next academic year.

February 1: Submit Tufts external program application for all fall, spring, and full-year external programs in the next academic year.

External program application deadlines vary by program. Verify with your program provider.

March 10: Update your status to 'Commit' in the Tufts application portal to inform Tufts of your final choice of program for the next academic year. 

Enrollment Remain enrolled at Tufts. Take a Study Abroad Leave of Absence.
Cost Pay Tufts tuition and a comprehensive fee roughly equivalent to Tufts room and board. Program costs vary. Pay the external program directly for all program costs, plus a study elsewhere fee to Tufts.
Financial Aid All financial aid automatically transfers. Only federal or state financial aid and personal educational loans transfer. To do so, complete a Consortium Agreement via the Tufts Financial Aid office. Tufts University grants and scholarships do not transfer.
GPA Requirements GPA requirements vary by program; refer to Application Process: Tufts Programs Abroad for details.

Engineering students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 at the time of application and the start of the program.

Note: Your program provider may have a higher minimum GPA requirement than Tufts.

Academic Credit Automatically receive credit for any course taken while abroad.

Transfer Credit: It is your responsibility to get each individual course approved by the relevant academic department at Tufts. To do so, complete a Transfer Credit Request in SIS for each course.

Grades Grades show on your Tufts transcript, calculate into your Tufts GPA, and count towards Latin honors.

Grades do not show on your Tufts transcript, calculate into your Tufts GPA, or count towards Latin honors. Only course titles and SHUs earned will be visible.

Pass/Fail Some courses may be taken pass/fail, following the same rules as at Tufts.

Must receive a C- or above. Courses taken pass/fail are not eligible for transfer credit.

On-Site Staff

Program directors are Tufts employees or contractors, who have visited Tufts and are familiar with Tufts policies and procedures. For most programs, you will meet with the Director at Tufts or online prior to going abroad.

Program directors and staff vary by program.
Locations 10 locations. Four programs have no language prerequisite.

150+ approved external programs in 50+ countries around the world. Language prerequisites vary by program.

Housing

Students who register an Intent to Study Abroad will not receive an On-Campus Housing Lottery number for the academic year they plan to study abroad and can choose to be placed on a waitlist for on-campus housing. Questions about the waitlist and housing application should be directed to Residential Life.

Students who register an Intent to Study Abroad will not receive an On-Campus Housing Lottery number for the academic year they plan to study abroad and can choose to be placed on a waitlist for on-campus housing. Questions about the waitlist and housing application should be directed to Residential Life.