External Programs Abroad

In addition to our ten Tufts Programs Abroad, you also have the option to take a leave of absence from Tufts to participate in a pre-approved external program. Below you will find our current list of approved program options sorted by general region. 

If you are considering an external program: 

  • It is your responsibility to confirm that the academic portion of the program is a minimum of 13 weeks per semester, and to obtain approval from the appropriate Tufts academic department for each course for which you wish to transfer credit.

    Learn More about Transfer Credit for External Programs
  • Applying to external programs requires that you submit two separate applications: 
    1. To the program provider 
    2. To Tufts Global Education

      Review the Application Process for External Programs
  • Students wishing to study abroad at a university partner of Tufts Programs Abroad (e.g., LSE, UCL, Sciences Po Paris, etc.) may only do so through Tufts Programs Abroad. You may not study at one of our partner institutions either directly or through an external provider (e.g., Arcadia or IFSA). 
  • Approval of a leave of absence to study abroad applies to transfer of academic credit only; it does not imply an evaluation of current security conditions in the host country. For updated safety information, contact the program provider and consult the U.S. State Department website. Study abroad in countries with a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory level 3 or 4 in effect is subject to review by Tufts' International Travel Review Committee. You should notify the Foreign Study Advisor by March 1 for fall semester or October 1 for spring semester if you intend to study in such a country. U.S. State Department Travel Advisories can change at any time; therefore, the International Travel Review Committee reserves the right to review study abroad plans as needed.

    Learn More about Health and Safety Abroad
  • Our recommendation applies to the individual programs listed, not to all programs offered by the sponsoring program provider.
  • The semester- and year-long programs listed on this page are currently approved for transfer credit toward a Tufts degree as of September 1, 2021. (This list does not reflect program suspensions due to COVID-19, so please check the provider websites directly to confirm program availability.) 

Petitioning a Non-Approved Program

If, after thoroughly researching the programs on the approved list, you decide that your academic needs are better met by a program or university that is not on the list, you must petition for approval. To do so, you must first meet with the Assistant Director for External Programs to discuss the program and the petition process and deadline. A letter of support from a faculty member in your major department will be required. 


Approved Programs

The approved programs list is divided by general region—Africa (Sub-Saharan), Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and Oceania. Within each region, the programs are sorted alphabetically by country and any special conditions are noted at the start of each country list. Each program is hyperlinked to the Tufts application; keep in mind that you will also need to apply directly to the program separately. 

Fall (F), Spring (S), or the Full Academic Year (Y) listed in parentheses after the program name indicates the term(s) in which the program is typically offered. 

Options for Engineering and SMFA students are indicated where available.