We believe that an education should allow students to engage with the world—not just to passively observe it. Approximately 40% of juniors (and occasionally seniors) at Tufts choose to study abroad for a semester or year, in destinations around the globe. Many students find study abroad to be a truly transformative experience, enabling them to build skills in all areas of their lives and helping them understand themselves and the world in new ways. Tufts University is proud to have offered study abroad programs to undergraduate students for over five decades. Students may also choose from hundreds of approved programs run by non-Tufts providers.
The Tufts-in-Beijing program began in 2002 at Zhejiang University in the city of Hangzhou, but recently moved to Beijing in a partnership with Beijing Normal University. With a strong curriculum and a robust program of extracurricular activities, this fall-semester option has attracted over one hundred and seventy students since its inception, a number of whom are gainfully and happily employed in China today.
Tufts-in-Chile allows students to study at the University of Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, two of the region's leading universities, for the fall semester or the academic year. Students also participate in a credited internship experience, deepening their understanding of the local community and broadening their academic and career horizons.
The Tufts-in-Ghana program, which takes place in the fall semester, links Tufts to the University of Ghana (Legon), located just outside the booming metropolis of the capital, Accra. Students enjoy access to a wide variety of courses while also taking a Twi language course and learning about Ghanaian culture and society.
The Tufts-in-Hong Kong program affiliates with the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and offers a spring-semester option for students in a wide variety of subject areas. Courses are conducted in English, but students are encouraged to study Cantonese during their time in Hong Kong.
Tufts-in-Japan offers students a full academic year or semester in Kanazawa, one of the most beautiful cities in Japan. Academics at the newly rebuilt Kanazawa University focus on Japanese language and culture, but other courses, taught in English, are offered in select subject areas.
The Tufts-in-London program offers options for students in nearly every major at Tufts, as it partners with four top-tier institutions: University College London (UCL), Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), SOAS, and University of the Arts London (UAL). Enrollment in the full-year program is encouraged, but select options are available for semester-long study.
The Tufts-in-Madrid program is offered as a semester- or year-long program of academic study and partners with Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH). Designed to suit students with a variety of academic interests, the program combines a curated curriculum of in-house, seminar-style courses with the opportunity to enroll in courses offered at the two local host institutions.
Tufts-in-Oxford maintains an agreement with Pembroke College (University of Oxford), through which a select few qualified Tufts students may spend an academic year as fully-integrated visiting students. Pembroke College was founded in 1624 and has a student body of 500. It is a friendly and informal college that emphasizes intellectual activity, but also values sports, drama, and music.
The Tufts-in-Paris program offers a combination of in-house courses taught by French professors and courses taught in local host institutions, notably the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), University of Paris VII (Paris Diderot), and the Institut Catholique. Students of the Social Sciences and Humanities may wish to undertake the full-year certificate program at Sciences Po Paris, while Fine Arts students can take studio courses in the spring semester at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA).
Tufts-in-Tübingen enjoys a long-standing partnership with the Eberhard Karls University, which was founded in 1477 and is one of Europe’s top academic and research-oriented universities. A large selection of courses is offered, from archaeology to zoology, with a special selection of course offerings in German language and culture for visiting students.
In addition to the ten Tufts-sponsored study abroad programs, SMFA at Tufts students also have access to the following studio art programs around the world.
Tufts-in-London: University of the Arts London (UAL) - Available to all Tufts students
The University of the Arts, London is one of the world’s premier institutions for art and design, and is ideally suited for SMFA students looking to study abroad (yet is open to all Tufts students). UAL offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication, and performing arts. It is comprised of six renowned constituent colleges, each enjoying a world-class reputation of its own.
Tufts-in-Paris - Beaux-Arts - Only for SMFA at Tufts students
Students of Fine Art may undertake a spring semester of studio-based study at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA).
External Studio Art programs for SMFA at Tufts students
Pre-approved studio art programs include options in Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
In addition to offering ten Tufts Programs Abroad, Tufts also permits students to take a study-abroad leave of absence from the university in order to participate in pre-approved “non-Tufts” programs administered by foreign institutions, other U.S. colleges and universities, and study-abroad provider organizations.
Tufts-in-Talloires gives undergraduate students at all levels and in all majors the opportunity to spend six weeks taking a dynamic group of courses taught by Tufts faculty in the beautiful French Alps. Students enrolled in this program choose two courses from a selection of undergraduate offerings, most of which are taught in English. These courses are designed to take advantage of Talloires’ ideal location in the center of Europe, as well as its striking alpine setting. All students, regardless of French language ability, live with carefully selected host families, many of whom have hosted students for numerous years. By sharing in everyday French family life, students get an inside look at French culture, enjoy authentic cuisine, and develop an appreciation for local customs.
Tufts-in-Annecy gives college students and adults the opportunity to improve their beginner or intermediate French language skills in the inspiring environment of Annecy, the "Venice of France." Classes are taught at a French language institute in Annecy by native French speakers who are experts in developing speaking, listening, grammar, writing, and reading skills and students reside with a French family to facilitate language acquisition and further explore French culture. Tufts students will earn one full credit for a Tufts French 1, 2, 3, or 4 class.
Spanish Language and Culture Program in Cadiz, Spain offers a 5½ week full immersion experience for students who wish to improve their Spanish language skills and be exposed to the rich cultural traditions of southern Spain. Students take two courses, participate in a homestay, and explore extracurricular and service opportunities with local schools, hospitals, and organizations.
Data Science and Italian Program in Pavia, Italy is a 5½ week program designed by Tufts Global Education in cooperation with the School of Engineering and the program of Italian Studies. It aims to provide students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the wonderful culture of Italy while earning credits in Data or Computer Science. Tufts Global Education (in cooperation with the School of Engineering and the Program of Italian Studies) has created a 5 ½ week program. The program is designed for all students with an interest in Computer Science and an eagerness to learn about Italy, with its rich history and culture. No background in Italian language or Computer Science is needed.