Talloires Named a Top Branch Campus

Tufts’ European Center is ranked among the best satellites for U.S. universities

The Tufts European Center in Talloires, France, has been named one of the top 10 branch campuses of colleges and universities based in the United States by the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators. The association cited Talloires for providing high quality study-abroad programs as well as cultural immersion opportunities for students and faculty.

Gabriella Goldstein, director of the European Center, says she is pleased with the recognition. “We coordinate and oversee academic programs and organize and manage elite-level conferences, and we host various community events for the village of Talloires,” she says.

In addition, the center takes seriously its role of preserving its headquarters in an 11th-century former Benedictine priory in the foothills of the Alps. “We serve as stewards of a French national monument that houses the university’s fourth campus,” she says. (Tufts has three U.S. campuses in Medford/Somerville, Boston and Grafton, Mass.)

“Many would say that the European Center is a jewel in the Tufts crown,” Goldstein says, “and I think this award confirmed that.”

The European Center in Talloires offers undergraduates from Tufts and other universities the opportunity to study in Talloires during the first and second summer semesters. “Tufts in Talloires” is a six-week program that allows students to select two credit-bearing courses from a wide selection of undergraduate offerings taught by Tufts faculty, usually in English. “Tufts in Annecy” is a four-week intensive language immersion program for students who want to concentrate on improving French language skills. “Tufts Summit” offers selected high school juniors and seniors from around the world a college-level course in international relations complemented by a French language class. All students reside with French host families to experience French culture firsthand.

Marjorie Howard can be reached at marjorie.howard@tufts.edu.  

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