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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 summer virtual classes and come together on the Tufts campus in August before departing for one of two service locations where they learn from local community organizations while continuing their academics. 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.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Tufts 1+4 for the 2022-2023 academic year. However, we are offering a Tufts Civic Semester program based in the Southwestern United States. We encourage you to explore and consider that program, but invite you to learn more about Tufts 1+4, which we hope to offer again in the future.

Learn more about each program: