Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program

Tisch College’s innovative bridge-year program provides accepted students the opportunity to learn from a transformational year of full-time service, domestically or abroad, before beginning their academic studies at Tufts. The program has received generous support from individual donors as well as Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities Division.

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Program Highlights

  • Most students accepted to Tufts University are eligible to apply to Tufts 1+4. Due to visa restrictions, participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Financial support is available. Our highest need participants will receive full support.
  • Bridge-Year Fellows begin service in September and conclude in May. An on-campus orientation and wrap-up retreat are held at the beginning and end of service.
  • Bridge-Year Fellows will develop bonds with others in the program by sharing in an on-campus orientation, online activities during their service year, a wrap-up retreat, and programs and events after arriving on campus.
  • Learning and development will be coordinated by Tisch College staff, faculty, and each on-site service organization.
  • During their service, Bridge-Year Fellows will be enrolled in a Tufts blended learning course designed to integrate their service with academics, and facilitate reflection upon their experiences.


Tisch College is working with experienced domestic and international service organizations to support a year of meaningful community service. Each site will host a small cluster of Fellows who will interact throughout their service experience. Housing and meals are provided at each site, and prospective Fellows will rank specific placements in their order of preference as part of their application.

Domestic Placements:

Washington, DC
Full description coming soon.
Fellows may apply for the following placements:

  • Policy & Public Service
  • Urban Education & Child Development
  • Poverty Alleviation & Community-Building

International Placements:

Santa Catarina, Brazil
Global Citizen Year. Full description
Fellows may apply to work in one of the following areas of interest:

  • Wildlife Preservation & Environmental Sustainability
  • Organic Farming & Agriculture Systems
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Management

León, Nicaragua
Amigos de las Américas. Full description
Fellows may apply for the following placements:

  • Community Health & Nutrition
  • Child Development & Education
  • Arts & Cultural Preservation
  • Renewable Energy & Sustainable Communities

Madrid, Spain
United Planet. Full description

Fellows will work in Child Development & Education

Application Process

2016 Application information coming soon!

Please contact us for more information at tufts1plus4@tufts.edu .