Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


Tufts in London, 1967


The Tufts in London program began the fall of 1967, and was originally designed to serve as a program for junior year students of drama, English, and related arts. At its founding, Tufts in London was the only international academic year program in drama operated by an American university.

Tufts in London, originally run by James Forsyth, a famed British dramatist, poet, painter, and sculptor, was not affiliated with any universities in London. Instead, students took seminar classes taught by distinguished British academics and artists. Although students praised the faculty and the courses, there were complaints about isolation from British students and the British educational experience. Students also felt that their living quarters were overcrowded. Instead of being housed in a university-style dorm, students originally lived in the Reynolds Hotel, described as "quaint, personal, and very British," but unfortunately also very crowded when class size grew from the original thirty three to forty two students.

By the early eighties, it was clear that the Tufts in London program needed to be restructured. By 1981, it was the only Tufts abroad program not affiliated with another university, and complaints about isolation continued. To remedy the problem, Tufts instituted a one-year trial affiliation with Westfield College in the fall of 1982. Unfortunately, Westfield, a branch of the University of London, began experiencing major financial troubles by 1983. A 1984 Tufts study subsequently concluded that the program should be moved to a different location in London. Finally, in the fall of 1988, Westfield College closed, and Tufts in London moved to the University College of London, the oldest, largest, and most distinguished college of the University of London.

Currently Tufts in London enrolls up to fifty students for a yearlong program. Students are completely integrated into the University College of London, and are housed in co-ed UCL dorms. The program is administered by a full-time resident director and occupies offices on the UCL campus in central London.

Source: TD, OBS, PAG

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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