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 will begin service on September 2, 2015, and conclude on May 30, 2016. An on-campus orientation will be held in August 2015 and a wrap-up retreat will be held at the 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 meal plans are provided for each site, and prospective Fellows will rank specific placements in their order of preference as part of their application.

Domestic Placements: Location and Focus

Los Angeles, CA
LIFT: Social work, poverty alleviation, and immigrant services. Full description
City Year: Educational disparities and urban education. Full description

Detroit, MI
City Year: Educational disparities and urban education. Full description

Philadelphia, PA
LIFT: Social work and poverty alleviation. Full description
Village for Arts and Humanities: Self-expression rooted in arts and culture for community development. Full description
Fellows will have the opportunity to select one of these placements:

  • Cred Magazine: Arts and culture magazine that supports Philly’s young artists, designers, journalists, activists, and entrepreneurs
  • Philly Earth: Educational programs in environmental sustainability
  • Arts Programs and Residencies: Artist-led programs in photography, music production, clay, African dance, drumming, fashion, video production and more.
  • Community Economic Development: Revitalizing and re-energizing one of Philadelphia’s oldest commercial corridors

Tucson, AZ
Carpe Diem: Native American issues and border lands. Full description
Fellows will have the opportunity to select one of these placements:

  • St. Elizabeth’s Health Center: Medical, dental, and behavioral health disparities in immigrant communities
  • Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona: Long term food security strategies, hunger relief, and sustainable agriculture
  • Border Links: Sustainable food and education issues on the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico

International Placements: Location and Focus

Oaxaca, Mexico
AMIGOS de las Américas. Full description
Fellows may apply for the following placements:

  • CAMPO: Alternative energy, sustainability, and community development
  • Puente a la Salud Comunitaria: Food justice and public health
  • Instituto Estatal de Educación Pública de Oaxaca: Engineering and STEM education, including Legos and robotics, and bridging the digital divide

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, and veterinary medicine
  • Organic farming, cultural preservation through agriculture, and alternative medicine
  • Social entrepreneurship, community development, and nonprofit management

Madrid, Spain
United Planet. Full description

Fellows will work with Fundación Alicia Koplowitz: Child welfare, child psychology, and child development in residential centers for children referred through social services

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

  • Plan International: Nutrition, maternal health, healthy families economics program, and child protection/welfare
  • Los Pipitos: Children with emotional, physical and developmental disabilities: includes arts, physical, and occupational therapies
  • MPowering People: Maternal health and child welfare; community development and women’s empowerment
  • Las Tías: Mothers that work in the local markets and with children/adolescents at risk. Includes vocational training, arts enterprises, daycare services.

Application Process

The 2015 Tufts 1+4 application period (for the Class of 2019) is closed. Please join our contact list or e-mail Jessica Crowe-Rothstein (jessica.crowe_rothstein@tufts.edu) to learn more about the program. For your reference, see the 2015 application process and timeline below.

Students accepted into Tufts will be invited to apply to Tufts 1+4. A link to the online Tufts 1+4 application will be provided upon acceptance to Tufts. Please note that you will not be able to submit your application to Tufts 1+4 until you receive this notice. While students accepted through Early Decision will have the opportunity to apply for Tufts 1+4 in an Early Decision round, they may also submit an application until the final deadline of May 1.


Tufts 1+4 application open for Early Decision I Mid-December 2014
Tufts 1+4 application open for Early Decision II Mid-February 2015
Tufts 1+4 applications open for Regular Decision By April 1, 2015
Tufts 1+4 application deadline for all applicants    May 12, 2015
Skype interviews May 12-20, 2015
Notification of acceptance and placement Late May 2015
Confirmation of acceptance by student Late May 2015

Dates are subject to change

For more information

See our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Tufts 1+4 Program Administrator Jessica Crowe-Rothstein, Jessica.Crowe_Rothstein@tufts.edu.