Information for Enrolling International Students

“I look forward to meeting you and hope that your experience here is productive and rewarding. This page provides details on matters of interest to international students, including securing visas, traveling to the US, and student work arrangements. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.”

– A warm welcome from Reiko Ohmura, Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor

International Student Advisor Contact Info

REIKO OHMURASenior International Student and Scholar Advisor (Tufts International Center)
Business Hours – Remote: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00AM-5:00PM (Lunch 1:00-2:00PM)
Business Hours – On-Campus*: Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00AM-5:00PM (Not available 10:00-11:30AM on Tuesdays for Staff Meeting) *By Appointment Only
Office Location on Campus: Mugar 232b (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
Mailing Address:
Reiko Ohmura
The Fletcher School, Tufts University
160 Packard Ave, Mugar 232b, Medford, MA 02155 USA
Telephone number: +1-617-627-3055
Fax number: +1-617-627-2111
EmailReiko.Ohmura@tufts.edu


OBTAINING A VISA

Obtaining a visa can be an involved process. We are here to help as much as possible, but please note we have no ability to influence the speed with which the US Government finalizes your visa. Therefore, it is critical that you review in detail the visa information page and submit the first set of paperwork by December 5, 2022 to help get the process off to a smooth start.

HEALTH INSURANCE

Your health is a top priority while you are here as a student.  To this end, Tufts provides various resources to support its students and employees.  These include health insurance plans and programs.  Tufts requires international students to enroll in the institutional student health insurance plan or show alternative insurance that provides comparable coverage.  


EMPLOYMENT

International students are limited to only certain types of employment and are allowed to work only with authorization in advance.  Working in the U.S. without authorization is an extremely serious violation of immigration regulations and may lead to cancellation of your visa and even departure from the U.S.  In order to avoid unauthorized employment, consult with the International Center before starting any employment activity.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

What you must do to travel will differ depending on your current immigration status (e.g., F-1, J-1) and your travel plans.  In general, short-term travel outside of the U.S. while you are studying at Fletcher should be possible as long as your documents are valid and unexpired and you maintain valid status.


PRACTICAL MATTERS

The International Center invites you to read through this web page to understand to start a new life at Tufts University regarding daily life matters, such as opening a bank account, obtaining a driver’s license, finding a cell phone service or a new place to live off-campus.