Tufts 1+4 is a bridge-year opportunity for incoming students that is embedded in the Tufts experience. From an on-campus orientation to enrollment in a Tufts University course, there are many aspects which make up our unique program.


08/30/2016 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - The second group of 1+4 students during orientation on August 30, 2016. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)


A weeklong, on-campus orientation led by Tufts staff and faculty; extensive on-site orientations led by each service organization; and access to online resources and materials prepare Fellows for their experience.




Bridge-Year Fellows’ full-time placements offer a transformational experience for participants while allowing them to have an impact on the causes they care about and the communities where they live.




Learnwriting at orientation

For the duration of the program, Bridge-Year Fellows are enrolled in a blended learning, for-credit Tufts University course. Through creative assignments, the course enhances learning and development while connecting Fellows across locations.





Fellows learn about and become a part of their host community by building relationships with host families, colleagues and supervisors, and through participation in cultural events and group activities.






Fellows take part in structured reflections and training that foster personal growth and promote increased understanding of the complex sociocultural issues they grapple with throughout the service experience.





At the conclusion of their Bridge Year, Fellows reconnect with one another, and with Tufts staff and faculty, through a three-day on-campus retreat. Once enrolled at Tufts, Fellows receive continued support to connect their Bridge Year experience to their education, to campus life, and to potential career choices.