Some of the most profound educational experiences take place outside of the classroom. Tufts is proud to offer two unique global opportunities for incoming students to combine academics, a social impact internship, foreign language learning, and cultural immersion in six incredible locations around the world.
The Tufts Civic Semester offers incoming students the opportunity to spend their first term abroad: in Kunming, China, or Urubamba, Peru. Participants spend the month of August on the Tufts campus engaged in academic coursework and orientation before spending the semester in their chosen location studying Chinese or Spanish, living with a local host family, enjoying excursions to local cultural sites, and working part-time at a community organization Students return to campus for the spring semester with sharper skills, a global outlook, and work experience!
The Tufts 1+4 Bridge Year is a unique, full-year service learning program that allows students to discover new passions, experience different cultures, and expand their horizons while serving a community and working on an issue they care about. Accepted students spend a year between high school and college undertaking full-time community service in areas like education, health, and the environment, before beginning their four years of academic study on the Tufts campus with increased confidence, a renewed sense of purpose, and an expansive perspective on their role in the world. Service opportunities for 2019-2020 are available in Brazil, Ecuador, India, and Uruguay.
Watch the Tufts 1+4 video and read below to learn more about these programs!
Due to degree restrictions, only students admitted to the School of Arts & Sciences are eligible to apply to the Tufts Civic Semester. Please note that BLAST participants are also ineligible to apply to the Civic Semester.
Students can apply through their Tufts online application status page at any point after applying to Tufts. This can happen the day after a student hits "submit" on their Tufts application, after that student has been admitted to Tufts, or any time in between. Finalists will be invited to participate in a brief online interview. Neither an application nor acceptance to a First-Year Global Program represents a binding commitment, and we invite all interested students to apply.
Tufts is committed to making both First-Year Global Programs accessible to all students.
The Tufts Civic Semester is a student’s first semester of college, and as such all costs are covered by tuition funds. Applicants to the program are eligible to utilize their Tufts financial aid package.
Need-based financial support is available to any Tufts 1+4 Bridge Year applicant who needs help defraying the costs of the program, including full funding to all students who qualify for Tufts financial aid.
Visit the First-Year Global Programs site, read blog posts from current Tufts 1+4 Fellows, or contact staff for more information. We can also connect students with a current or past program participant who can answer questions and share their experience!