Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


Tufts in Paris, 1965


Tufts in Paris, founded in the fall of 1965, gives Tufts students an opportunity to experience French life and culture while continuing their studies.

Unlike other early Tufts Study Abroad programs, Tufts in Paris was designed primarily for undergraduates. The program encourages French majors to apply, but also accepts non-majors who demonstrate proficiency in French. Students participating in Tufts in Paris attend classes at the University of Paris, focusing mainly on French language, culture, history, and politics. Students are housed with French families, and are required to eat breakfast and dinner at their host's home six times a week. Allowances are given for lunch, and students can otherwise arrange their free time as they choose.

Prior to beginning studies at the university, students participate in a month long orientation program, which includes lectures as well as visits to historical sites, museums, and other European cities.

The first year of the Tufts in Paris program proved very interesting for participating students. As one of their classes focused on French politics, they were able to discuss the circumstances surrounding the first French elections since World War II, which took place while they were on the program. In 1968, Tufts students in France were also present for the onslaught of student and worker strikes, during which much of Paris was shut down due to rioting and picketing. This caused minor complaints among students, as it disrupted class schedules and took many of their French peers out of the classroom.

Early in the life of the program, students also complained about their living situations. Many claimed that living with French families was not a good experience, as many of the families viewed visiting students as only a source of income and a curiosity for their friends. This improved by the late seventies and early eighties, and the program once again began to garner rave reviews.

As of 2000, Tufts in Paris enrolls thirty students each year, and continues to be a popular option for Tufts students desiring study abroad.

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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
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