Opportunities for Spring Scholars

You’ve Been Admitted to Tulane for the Spring! What Can You Do in the Meantime?

It’s your choice! Your admission to Tulane is secure for the spring semester, so what you choose for the summer and fall can be as wide as your imagination. You could take some classes elsewhere – even study abroad — to stay on pace to graduate in May. You could take time off to work, explore new cultures or participate in a service opportunity.

Think of this time as a bridge to your next step, a launching pad to your future. Weigh your options, and make the choice that’s best for you. In order to assist you, The Office of Undergraduate Admission has compiled this guide to help you navigate your many opportunities.

Studying Abroad

Studying abroad has many advantages and Tulane recognizes the benefits of international exchange. Studying in a different culture broadens your perspective, can help frame your interests, and expands your network of contacts. The benefits of study abroad can have a lasting and positive impact on the remainder of your university career and beyond. The perspectives shared between classmates from many different cultures and backgrounds shape conversations in ways that would never occur in a homogenous classroom setting.

Tulane has established agreements with four American institutions in Europe. Each is US-accredited, and the instruction is offered in English. If you choose to participate in this program, during your fall semester you would register as a full-time student and pay that university’s tuition and fees. Housing and class registration will be handled through the abroad institutions. Spring Scholars in the abroad programs can develop bonds as a Tulane cohort which can lead to an established network of friends before arriving at Tulane in the fall.

All of our study abroad partnerships have flexible application deadlines and will accept students until May 1, sometimes later depending on availability. Students do not have to commit to Tulane before applying to the programs. American University (Paris), Richmond University (London), and John Cabot University (Rome) do not require enrollment deposits right after being accepted, but UIC in Barcelona does (approx. 15 day deposit deadline), so be sure to only apply to UIC once you are nearly ready to commit. Students should only apply to one partner university. Spring Scholars must submit their deposit to Tulane no later than May 1.

*Housing at John Cabot University in Rome is limited and is assigned based on when the enrollment and housing deposits are received by John Cabot.

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ)

TUJ is an international branch campus of Temple University, PA, and is located in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. It offers students from around the world the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture, history, language, and excitement of Japan, while taking U.S. university courses in English.

A wide variety of courses are offered in the fall semester across liberal arts, political science, economics, media and communications, visual arts, and Japanese.

Dormitory housing is guaranteed.

The student visa application is due by May 15. Students do not need to be 18 to join the program. Students will need to enroll in a full-time semester course load (12-18 credits). The final application deadline is May 15. As space in the Tulane Spring Scholars Program is limited, we encourage you to apply early.

You may apply after being admitted by Tulane. In the Personal Statement section, input "Tulane Spring Scholars Program."

Learn more about the Spring Scholar program at TUJ Apply to TUJ as a Spring Scholar

Richmond, American University London

Tulane Spring Scholars will study at our Chiswick Park campus.

Everything about this state of the art campus building in a beautiful parkland location has been designed with students in mind. It is set in a vibrant community offering a gym, cafes, bars and restaurants, with easy access to everything the world’s number one student city can offer – learning and employment opportunities, shops, museums, attractions and sporting and cultural events.

We are offering a range of options for managed student accommodation, with varying price, size, location and facilities.

Learn more about the Spring Scholar program at Richmond in London Apply to Richmond as a Spring Scholar

Richmond will accept students who begin the program at 17 and turn 18 throughout the year.

The American University of Paris—Paris, France

The American University of Paris is located in downtown Paris, near the Eiffel Tower. The central setting provides students an urban college experience with a globally diverse student body. Paris plays a central role in the many courses offered including courses in: Art History, Political Science, and Business. The Fall Semester in Paris program also provides a unique opportunity to learn or hone your French language skills in a full immersion setting in the heart of France, while still receiving all your classroom instruction in English.

Learn more about the Spring Scholar program at The American University of Paris Fill out the AUP interest form

AUP will accept students who begin the program at 17 and turn 18 throughout the year. The visa process will be slightly different, but students who are not yet 18 may join the program.

John Cabot University—Rome, Italy

John Cabot University is located just south of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. JCU is a small Liberal Arts university that offers a variety of student life resources. You may select from a variety of courses that allow you to study onsite at some of the most important cultural heritage sites in the world. Or, you can select classes that provide greater insights into the social, cultural, and political environment of Italy and Europe.

Learn more about the Spring Scholar program at John Cabot University in Rome Apply to JCU as a Spring Scholar

John Cabot is not able to provide visa documents for minor students, and they do not allow minors to stay in JCU housing. All students who wish to participate in this program must turn 18 prior to its start on August 26, 2024.”

UIC Barcelona- School of Architecture

UIC Barcelona - School of Architecture is located in Barcelona, the cradle of Modern architecture in Spain. Barcelona offers the opportunity to learn about architecture through prestigious architects as Gaudi or renowned artists as Dali, among others.

Apart from the rich cultural environment, students will also enjoy pleasurable weather and stunning beaches and mountains. UIC Barcelona offers theoretical and practical tools necessary to enrich the professional profile of future architects with a global perspective.

This visiting program is geared toward Spring Scholars who are interested in pursuing the study of Architecture only. Classes are taught in English.

UIC Barcelona will accept students who begin the program at 17 and turn 18 throughout the year.

You should apply to UIC Barcelona once you are nearly ready to commit. UIC Barcelona's policy is that students pay their deposit in a timely manner (approx. 15 days) after being enrolled.

Learn more about the Spring Scholar program at UIC Barcelona Apply to UIC Barcelona as a Spring Scholar

Transferring Credits

One way you can ensure on-time graduation is to take courses in the fall that will count toward Tulane degree requirements. Credits earned at a community college or at a local university may be eligible to transfer to Tulane. You can also explore study abroad educational opportunities.

Community College

Spring Scholars may choose to enroll in community college during the fall. Community colleges often encourage students to apply promptly to allow ample time for placement testing and academic advisement. Tulane does not have a preferred community college, so choose a school that is convenient for you.

Four-Year Options

If you choose to take classes at a local college or university during the fall, we highly encourage you to enroll on a part-time basis and/or as a non-degree seeking student. Spring Scholars should not enroll at a four-year institution under the false pretense of completing their degree there. Doing so may take up a valuable space for someone else. We advise students to look to register for part-time, visitor status, continuing education, or extension/professional studies programs, etc. at another institution.

If you receive federal student aid at another college or university during the fall, this may impact the level of federal student aid you are eligible to receive once you commence at Tulane in the spring. If your receipt of federal aid in the fall limits your eligibility for federal aid in the spring, then please note that Tulane is unable to offset such reductions with institutional assistance.

Transfer Credit Process

Before enrolling elsewhere for the fall, familiarize yourself with Tulane’s transfer policies and practices, and review the transferring credit process. The only credits that we can guarantee will transfer are those earned from Tulane’s summer school program and the credits earned in pre-approved classes as part of our abroad partnerships in Europe. While we cannot pre-screen credit earned at another institution for transfer approval, if you provide us with proof of enrollment in the course(s) by sending an unofficial transcript and course syllabi to crediteval@tulane.edu, we will be able to tell you if it is likely the credit will transfer.

Tulane Summer School

Tulane offers summer sessions with shorter courses, smaller class sizes and the opportunity to explore topics and interests you may not ordinarily have time for during the normal school year. You may take a full course load (approx. 12-15 hours) of classes during the summer at Tulane. Taking courses in the summer will also give you the opportunity to get acquainted with campus before returning in January.

Specialty programs include the Business Minor Summer Institute, Real Estate Summer Minor, Contemporary Film Industry, and more! Explore all the options at Tulane's Summer School website.

Work and Internships

Many students also choose to gain valuable hands-on experience and professional skills through internships and paid work. These opportunities teach valuable skills such as time management, responsibility, and improved communication skills. Community colleges may also allow you to complete an internship for academic credit. Check with their advising or career office for more information.

Community Service

Students may elect to pursue a meaningful service opportunity for the semester in place of taking courses. Service is a central component of a Tulane education.

If you were offered admission as a Spring Scholar and have further questions, contact Leila Labens at llabens@tulane.edu.

Have more questions? Refer to our Spring Scholars FAQs.