International Student Life
At Tufts, globalism is not just a theme discussed in classrooms; it is a way of life. Students with non-US passports make up over 10% of our undergraduate population, and 21% of our students come from international backgrounds. Our students hail from all over the world and share their unique perspectives in the classroom, residence halls, and throughout our 300+ student organizations. Tufts’ international students enrich and strengthen the tapestry of student life here on the Hill.
Here at Tufts, everyone is unique in their own way, everyone is studying different things and have different interests, but that diversity of thought in the community creates a harmony that I've never found in another place. I mean it's super magical. - Sara A'20
Tufts International Center
Serving the international community at Tufts since the 1950s, the International Center (I-Center) facilitates college-wide intercultural exchange. The I-Center staff works to raise intercultural awareness, to increase knowledge of immigration laws affecting the Tufts international community, and to advocate a campus climate that respects cultural differences.
International Student Organizations
Our international community at Tufts is active, diverse and friendly, with a large Tufts International Club (I-Club) complementing many smaller groups. Tufts students create community and support each other through cultural clubs such as the African Student Organisation, Association of Latin American Students, Brazilian Student Association (BRASA), Chinese Students Association, and Russian and Slavic Student Association. You can see the full list of student organizations here.
Undergraduate Global Orientation
To welcome new international students to campus, Tufts hosts an Global Orientation (GO). First-year students from around the world converge before any other first-years get to campus, giving them time to adjust not only to a new campus, but also to life in a new country. Learn More.
The PASSPORT Program matches local volunteer mentors including alumni, faculty and staff in the Tufts community with incoming international students for conversation, community building and friendship. The program has been designed to support international undergraduate students who receive financial aid to help them settle into life at Tufts and in the US during their first year on campus. Participating students come from a variety of countries around the world.
Global Tufts Month
Global Tufts Month is a month-long series of activities and events across all of Tufts’ schools and centers, designed to showcase the breadth and depth of global engagement by faculty, students and staff in education, research and policy and civic engagement work while celebrating Tufts' commitment to global engagement, international exchange and global learning.