Tufts in Talloires is an intensive, six-week summer-semester program open to undergraduate students at Tufts and other universities that offers students the opportunity to take two credit-bearing courses taught by Tufts faculty. Tufts in Talloires courses vary from year to year, but are all existing Tufts courses that fulfill undergraduate requirements. Each year’s courses represent disciplines in engineering, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine arts. Courses are designed to take advantage of the program’s ideal location in the center of Europe, as well as its inspirational Alpine setting. Class excursions and visits to relevant sites enhance academic coursework and provide students with additional opportunities to interact with their professors. French is not required, as most of the courses are taught in English. The Tufts in Talloires program includes extracurricular activities, such as weekly hikes into the local mountains. These activities build a strong Tufts community in Talloires and allow students to explore the unique Haute-Savoie region of France. Host family accommodations offer students a firsthand experience of French culture.
Tufts in Talloires courses are condensed and intensified versions of regular Tufts courses. Students should expect to do the same amount of work as they would for a Tufts course in Medford. Courses will include papers, readings, exams and grades. The Tufts in Talloires Program does not allow incompletes or withdrawals from courses. Tufts in Talloires grades are added to each student’s Tufts transcript.
Before You Apply
It is very important that student applicants consult our Preparing to Go pages before applying to study in Talloires. Living in another country and navigating a new culture are wonderful experiences, but not without challenges. Understanding this ahead of time will help students make an informed decision about participating in the program. There are also many important practical aspects to consider before you apply, including finances, visa status, and more.
For the 2023 programs, we are implementing a new application software, TerraDotta, so please let us know if you have any difficulties.
Students are expected to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0). Freshman registrations will be held as pending until the first semester transcript is submitted to the European Center, no later than the first day of spring semester classes.
Meet the criteria listed for Tufts in Talloires students, plus the items below:
Submit an official transcript from their home institution
Provide a letter of recommendation from your current academic advisor. Letters should be sent directly to the Tufts European Center at email@example.com and should address your readiness for an intensive academic and cultural exchange program.
Course Registrations for non-Tufts students will be processed via email