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Tufts First-Year Global Programs

A First-Year Global Programs student

Tisch College is pleased to offer two unique experiential education opportunities for incoming Tufts students to begin their college journey learning while doing community work, mastering a foreign language, and giving a global kickstart to their college life.

The Tufts Civic Semester and the Tufts 1+4 Bridge Year combine learning while supporting a nonprofit organization, Tufts coursework, and cultural immersion to foster profound personal and academic growth. Each program is distinct: Civic Semester participants take classes together on the Tufts campus in August before departing for one of two service locations where they study the local language and work part-time at a community organization. Students return to campus for their spring term with a full semester of academic credit, allowing them to graduate in four years. Tufts 1+4 is a year of full-time international work before students begin their four years of study on campus. In one of four countries across the globe, students make a difference on an issue they care about, have time to explore new interests and passions, and return with a deeper sense of self and a broader perspective on the world.

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We understand that many students and parents may have specific questions about our First-Year Global Programs in light of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. We've put together a FAQ with answers to some of those questions.