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Get to know students from all over the world while discovering Tufts, the surrounding community, and the city of Boston. We offer an incomparable opportunity to form intercultural connections and lifelong friendships with people from diverse backgrounds.

Your GO experience might include a ride on a speed boat in the Boston Harbor, a trip into the history of Boston, or an Amazing Race competition across campus. GO will be a highlight of your college experience and a perfect way to start this next chapter of your life.

2022 Student Coordinators

Luke Heald

Luke Heald, 2024

Luke originally hails from Tampa, Florida, but spent most of his life in Shanghai, China. At Tufts, he is majoring in Economics and International Relations. Outside of class, he is on the e-board for International Club, Tufts Model United Nations Conference, and is a member of 180 Degrees Consulting. In his free time, you can catch Luke jogging in the Medford/Somerville area, enjoying a coffee with friends, and playing bass with his jazz ensemble. He is eager to welcome new Jumbos to Tufts and make them feel comfortable in their new home. 

Austin Karrat

Austin Karrat, 2024

 Austin is a sophomore at Tufts studying International Relations with a concentration in Economics and Chinese. He was born in NYC but grew up in different places across Asia for 17 years years of his life. He is involved with the International Club as well as different culture clubs on campus. In his free time, you can find Austin cooking, playing the guitar, or grabbing meals with his friends. He is eager to plan and carry out this years GO in collaboration with the rest of GO's wonderful staff and HAs.

Program Advisor

Patrick Himes

Patrick Himes

International Center Assistant Director 
Pat joined Tufts and the GO team in 2014. Before that, he served in the United States Peace Corps in the Kyrgyz Republic where he discovered and cultivated a love for all things international and cross-cultural. Pat earned a Master’s in intercultural relations from Lesley University and earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State University.


Program Dates: August 27 - August 30

A Typical Day of GO

What we might do on any given day based on past years’ programs

Time Activity
8:30 a.m. Breakfast of bagels, muffins, donuts, and coffee 
9:30 a.m. Welcome from the GO staff and Tufts faculty 
10 a.m. Learn about Tufts student life, set up your phone and bank accounts or participate in our cross-cultural workshop
12 p.m. Lunch at Carmichael Dining Hall
1 p.m. Depart for day trips. Previous day trips have included Harvard Square, the Boston Harbor or the New England coast
6 p.m. Dinner with host advisors and fellow GO participants 
7 - 11 p.m. On-campus evening activities such as the campus-wide Amazing Race competition or relaxing on the Tisch rooftop

Parent Programming

We offer several activities for parents over the course of pre-orientation program. We do, however, encourage you to limit your time with your child once GO gets underway. This allows new students to focus on getting to know their peers.

Contact Us

go@tufts.edu | 617-627-3458

It was a jumpstart to the college-belonging experience. The world was so much smaller for those three days.

Md Reshad Bin Harun, Class of 2018

As an American, I attended Global Orientation in the fall and had experiences and met people that I will never forget. The orientation without a doubt helped me have a smooth and relaxed transition into college.

Neatric Norwood, Class of 2017

Global Orientation was definitely the major highlight of my freshman year. A fun-filled and cheerful start to one's journey at Tufts is something no one would want to miss out. Apart from the various activities that one gets to do, it is a time to get to know a lot of people and form a meaningful bond with them. Most of my friends are from my GO circle. And what better way to start college than to get to know the campus well in advance in the four days of GO! I highly recommend the Class of 2020 to participate in this program.

Akshat Jain- Class of 2019

GO instantly made me feel at home. The tiring journey across two oceans and three continents suddenly seemed worthwhile when the warmth of the I-Center staff greeted me into this new country. The next few days helped me develop the closest bonds with friends from every corner of the world. Even today, we collectively cherish the memories, GO lies at the core of my Tufts experience.

Aniket De, Class of 2016

When I signed up for Global Orientation, I thought it would be just a program to get us (international students) accommodated to Tufts and its surroundings. Little did I know back then that Global Orientation wasn't just a program to get us acquainted but also an opportunity to meet people all over the world and form close ties with them. They're totally right when they say you make your closest friends from Pre-O!

Phu Thinzar, Class of 2019