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Tufts Civic Semester

Tisch College and Tufts University offer incoming students the opportunity to participate in the Tufts Civic Semester, a transformational first-semester program that combines academic and experiential learning with a focus on community engagement and social and environmental justice. Based in either Urubamba, Peru or the Southwestern United States, participants join a small cohort of 10-12 peers to create a living and learning community which engages deeply with important social issues through Tufts coursework and by supporting and learning from local community organizations. With programming focused on building a civic identity and civic skills for promoting equity and justice, Civic Semester participants return to the Tufts campus with a network of deep friendships, a stronger sense of self, and a clearer understanding of how they want to have an impact during their time at Tufts and beyond. Program costs are covered by tuition and fees and applicants to the program can utilize their Tufts financial aid package.

Learn more below and use the box on the right to apply by May 13, 2022. 

Group photo of twelve students

Program Locations

Each Civic Semester program provides students with the opportunity to visit, explore and learn about an incredible part of our world. In both the Southwestern US and the Sacred Valley Peru, our programs offer many opportunities to explore our natural surroundings and appreciate the incredible landscapes and communities that we have the honor of visiting. While aspects of the program are consistent across locations, programmatic themes, academic courses, and hands-on experiences are unique to each location. Visit each program page to learn more:

Tufts Civic Semester US Southwest       Tufts Civic Semester Peru

Eligibility & How to Apply

Interested students can complete the Tufts Civic Semester application from their Tufts applicant portal. We are accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis until our final deadline of May 13 and invite interested students to apply early. The application asks students to submit a few brief paragraphs to share more about themselves and their interest in the program. Finalists are invited to participate in online interviews. Neither an application nor acceptance to Tufts Civic Semester represents a binding commitment, and we invite all interested students to apply.

Due to degree restrictions, only incoming students in the School of Arts & Sciences, not including BFA, SMFA and NEC combined degree students and participants in the BLAST program, are eligible to apply. If you are an undocumented or DACA student who wishes to apply, please contact Jared Smith (Jared_M.Smith@tufts.edu) regarding Tufts Civic Semester opportunities.

Questions? Please contact us at firstyearglobal@tufts.edu

Apply to Civic Semester

Our application for incoming Tufts students will open in March 2022. We will be considering applications on a rolling basis until our final deadline of May 13, 2022.

Tufts Civic Semester Blog

The best way to learn about the Civic Semester program is to hear from the students themselves! Check out our program blog to read their stories.