In response to our supplemental question, “Why Tufts?” one of last year’s applicants began, “I can hear the roar: the call to become a global citizen, charged with a moral responsibility beyond self-preservation." We could not have said it better ourselves. At Tufts, globalism is not just a theme discussed in classrooms; it is a way of life. International students make up 15% of our undergraduate population and represent over 60 different nations. Want to hear from some International students at Tufts who have made this decision before you? Check out our blogs here!
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The staff at the International Center, located at 20 Sawyer Avenue, will be happy to assist you throughout your college career. They are responsible for advising international students and scholars, coordinating international activities on campus, and handling all student immigration procedures. If you have questions, you may contact the International Center by telephone at (617) 627-3458, by fax at (617) 627-6076, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Since several important mailings will be sent to you, please notify the International Center and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions of any change of mailing address, email address or telephone number.
Procedures for Obtaining a Student Visa
- Before you can be issued an immigration document by the International Center, you must confirm in writing to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions your intent to accept the offer of admission by paying your tuition deposit and submitting the Enrollment Decision Form. You may enroll online here.
- In order to obtain a student visa, you must first submit the proper documentation to the International Center. Please go to the International Center website at http://ase.tufts.edu/icenter/comingToTufts/undergradVisa.asp.
- Once the enrollment deposit is received and the International Center has received your papers, the appropriate immigration document (a Form I-20 for an F-1 student visa or a Form DS-2019 for a J-1 exchange visitor visa) will be issued. We typically begin the visa document processing in late May.
- Once you receive the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from the International Center you will be given directions regarding how to apply for a student visa stamp in your passport. Please be sure to schedule your visa appointment after you receive your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from Tufts, as we cannot guarantee the exact time your document will arrive.
You will need your passport with the visa stamp, your immigration document (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019), and your financial documents when you enter the U.S.
Coming to Tufts from a U.S. High School
If you are currently attending high school or college in the United States you must apply for a visa transfer to Tufts visa sponsorship. (You will not need to get a new visa stamp at this time). Please have your International Student Advisor complete the International Student Transfer Form, found here, and release you from their SEVIS database. You are still required to submit an International Student Information form and proper financial documentation, along with the International Student Transfer Form. Once Tufts receives these documents, a visa document will then be issued. You may only re-enter the U.S. using the Tufts visa document.
Upon arrival to Tufts, your immigration documents must be reviewed by the International Center so that your transfer of schools can be completed. All students currently in the U.S. with F-1 or J-1 visa status must complete this process within their first fifteen days at Tufts or be considered “out of legal status in the U.S.”
2018-2019 Estimated Costs for International Students
As an international student in need of a visa, it is necessary to document to Tufts, and later to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, the existence and availability of funds for your tuition and living expenses for at least one calendar year while at Tufts. These expenses, outlined below, cover a twelve month period.
Please keep in mind that these are minimum estimates for living expenses and that, depending on your lifestyle, the actual costs may be higher. Transportation to and from the United States and optional Summer School tuition and books are not included in these estimates. These costs will increase annually.
Estimated student costs for 2018-2019 are listed below. When the 2018-2019 figures for tuition, fees, room and board have been finalized, they will be posted on the International Center website at http://ase.tufts.edu/icenter/comingToTufts/undergradExpenses.asp.
|Tuition and activity fee||$55,540|
|Residence Hall & Meal Plan (12 Months)||$18,738|
|Required Health Services Fee & Health Insurance||$3,591|
|Academic Year Books & Supplies||$800|
|Total Estimated Costs||$78,669|
Because individuals on student visas must certify that funds are available to finance their education, it is not expected that students will need to work while at Tufts. However, part-time on-campus work is available for international students. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) strictly limits off campus work for international students and does not allow off campus work within the first academic year. You must check with the International Center before considering any kind of employment.
Summer Institute for International Scholars
Any student interested in help preparing for advanced studies in the United States and strengthening his or her English language skills is encouraged to attend the four-week or six-week English Today programs for intermediate to advanced level speakers. For information, please contact: English Language Programs, Tufts University Conference Bureau, 108 Packard Avenue, Medford, Massachusetts 02155-7049, U.S.A.; telephone - (617) 627-3568, fax - (617) 627-3856. Information can also be found on the web by clicking here.
We offer a pre-orientation program that is designed to introduce globally-minded students to the city of Boston and to each other. GO (Global Orientation) is open to all admitted students, whether domestic or international, and registration opens in May. Form intercultural connections and lifelong friendships with people from diverse backgrounds, while celebrating the start of your four years at Tufts! For more information, visit the GO website here.