- International Students
Welcome! I look forward to meeting you, and I hope that your experience at Fletcher is productive and rewarding. Please thoroughly review the international students section on the Admitted Students Website as it covers information that international students need to prepare for study in the U.S. (for these purposes, international students are those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents). Please review the Admitted Students Website, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
Lastly, I encourage all international students to review an informational presentation provided by the Office of Admissions which is also posted on the Admitted Students Website. It covers tips and information on coming to Fletcher from other international students.
International Student Advisor & Assistant Registrar
- Housing Information
Fletcher students have several options for housing. Blakeley Hall is the on-campus graduate dormitory for The Fletcher School; however, housing is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. In addition, Fletcher is surrounded by several convenient suburbs where students take up residence. Please be sure to make your housing arrangements in advance as the housing market in the Boston area is quite tight.
Learn more by visiting http://fletcher.tufts.edu/blakeley/.
The Fletcher School is located in a densely populated suburban area a few miles northwest of downtown Boston. The communities in which Fletcher students usually live are MEDFORD, SOMERVILLE, CAMBRIDGE, ARLINGTON, and MALDEN. Many apartments in this area are accessible by walking or by public transportation. Students with cars can live farther away from campus where housing is generally less expensive. The student population in the Boston area is enormous and good housing tends to disappear quickly. We therefore recommend that you visit the area to secure an apartment several months before the semester begins.
Here are a few online maps to help you get your bearings. The first is a map of the neighborhoods near Tufts. (Tufts is indicated by the red dot on the map.) The second is a public transportation system map. This will help you determine how to access Tufts and navigate the area via public transportation. (Tufts is located in Section 5 of the map.)
With the Tufts University campus located partially in SOMERVILLE and partially in MEDFORD, these two towns are the most convenient options for many Fletcher students. SOMERVILLE is home to Davis Square which features many cafes, restaurants, and the Davis Square stop on the Red Line of the "T" (Boston's subway system). MEDFORD is more residential with the town center slightly farther removed from Fletcher. From there, CAMBRIDGE and ARLINGTON are the next closest options with good public transportation to and from Fletcher. CAMBRIDGE is located closer to Boston and its many bookstores and restaurants create a vibrant student-oriented atmosphere. (For these benefits, however, you must pay the price of higher rent and parking fees.) ARLINGTON, which is more residential, is another close alternative. BELMONT, WINCHESTER, MELROSE, STONEHAM, WOBURN, and LEXINGTON are mainly residential areas. These towns are usually limited to students who own cars since there are no direct bus routes to Fletcher from these areas.
Rents vary according to the area you choose but, generally, a studio/1-bedroom apartment will range from $1,200 to $2,000 per month. Rent often does not include the cost of utilities - a major expense during New England's cold winters. Utilities can cost well over $200 per month per apartment, averaged over a 12-month period. Generally, Fletcher students who share accommodations (2-, 3-, or 4-bedroom apartments) pay an average of $600 to $900 per month without utilities.
In addition to the first month's rent, many landlords require that you pay the last month's rent plus a security deposit that is held by the landlord and returned to you when you leave if the property has not been damaged. Massachusetts State Law requires your landlord to deposit this money and to regularly show you the interest statement. Massachusetts State Law also stipulates that the amount of "up front money" cannot exceed three months' rent. It is wise to get a written, signed statement from the landlord concerning the condition of the apartment before you move in to insure that you will not be charged for damages for which you are not responsible.
Additionally, you may be expected to sign a lease. Before signing anything, read the document carefully to check whether you will be held responsible for rent if you decide to leave before the lease expires (usually one year). Some landlords will negotiate shorter-term arrangements or allow you to sublet for the balance of a lease period. Since a lease is a contract, you may wish to consult legal counsel.
Where to Look:
The Tufts Off-Campus Housing Resource Center offers a valuable website that includes complete information on how to find an apartment in the local area, links to area newspaper ads, and a list of available apartments and homes.
Another helpful place to look for off-campus housing is the Harvard Off-Campus Housing Office located at 7 Holyoke Street, just off Harvard Square. Since you will not get a Tufts University Student ID card until Orientation week, you will need to take along your letter of acceptance to Fletcher to use at that office. Most of the listings are for CAMBRIDGE or SOMERVILLE and include rentals as well as "roommates wanted". This office has many listings that are not posted elsewhere.
Online resources that include useful resources for roommates, houses, apartments for rent, etc.:
*Please note: These websites are listed for your convenience only and have not been vetted or endorsed by The Fletcher School in any way.
Local print publications that include useful resources for roommates, houses, apartments for rent, etc.:
- The Boston Phoenix
- The Arlington Advocate
- The Somerville Journal
- The Medford Citizen
- Student Council
- Congratulations on your acceptance to Fletcher! On behalf of the current student body, the Student Council would like to welcome you to the Fletcher community.
The Student Council represents the entire student body, and everyone who is willing to devote time and attention to the affairs of the School is encouraged to run for a position. In recent years, the Student Council has been involved in projects such as improving information technology resources, career services, and developing the academic curriculum. Furthermore, Fletcher Student Council offers opportunities for:
- Interaction on many levels with the Faculty and Administration
- High level of student involvement in school activities
- Initiating projects and discussing policies
- Voicing student concerns directly in "town hall" meetings
The Student Council is comprised of three first-year students, three second-year students, and one PhD candidate. Returning students elect their representatives at the end of their first year. The election process for the three remaining Student Council positions takes place toward the beginning of the academic year.
We are looking forward to talking with you about how you can participate in student governance and student life at Fletcher.
In addition to the Student Council, students are elected to participate on a number of school, faculty, and program committees.
The committees are:
- Committee on Academic Integrity
- Committee on Career Services
- Committee on Diversity and Inclusiveness
- Committee on Student Academic Programs
- Office of Career Services and PDP
Welcome to Fletcher! We are looking forward to meeting you. To prepare you for our time together, we want to give you some details about the Professional Development Program (PDP). We also encourage you, before you arrive at Fletcher, to begin reflecting upon your past experiences and thinking about your future careers. Ultimately, the earlier you begin your career search process, the more success you’ll have in finding a satisfying position upon graduation.
What is the PDP? The PDP introduces you to a portfolio of essential professional skills critical to building a satisfying career. Learning these skills gives you the tools you need to effectively connect the rigorous academic preparation you’ll receive at Fletcher with the real-world opportunities of your post-Fletcher life.
What’s the schedule? Please check-in with the Office of Career Services for the PDP schedule.
What happens during the PDP sessions? Most sessions include interactive activities to give you a chance to practice the skills you are learning. Whether you’ve been working for years or are just starting out, PDP provides the opportunity to sharpen and update your career development skills. We cover topics such as:
- Self-assessment of key strengths and skills
- How to craft compelling resumes and cover letters
- Interviewing skills
- Networking, and
- Leveraging social media to accomplish your goals
Is it required? Yes, all first-year students in two-year programs are required to participate in the PDP in order to graduate from Fletcher. Students must attend the Office of Career Services orientation session and then attend weekly PDP sessions as set by OCS, as well as complete the assignments, to fulfill this requirement. This is treated like the foreign language requirement at Fletcher. Students in one-year degree programs and exchange students are not required to participate in the PDP unless they want to use OCS services while at Fletcher in which case, the program is required.
What can I do to prepare for the PDP before I get to Fletcher? In surveys and coaching appointments, we often hear students say “I wish I had spent more time doing some serious career reflection and research prior to beginning my studies at Fletcher.” They find that once the semester begins, it is challenging to balance their career search and academic work load. Here are our suggestions:
- Begin working on the attached “My career plan”:
If you find it easy to complete, it’s likely you have a clearly defined path, and you may be able to quickly focus your energy when you arrive at Fletcher. If you find it challenging, even anxiety-provoking, you may need more information, either about yourself or the world of work or both.
Here are two resources that are helpful guides as you reflect on your future career goals:
Once classes begin, it is very difficult to find the time and space to think through exactly what you want to do. We encourage you to spend some time reading and reflecting on these things prior to the start of a demanding semester. You’ll be glad you did!
- What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (and companion workbook) by Richard Nelson Bolles
- Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett And Dave Evans
- Speak with professionals in organizations where you might like to work: People are usually very willing to share their advice and experience. Who knows where these conversations will take you. One of those people might be the door to your next opportunity. If you are not sure about the type of work you would like to do, spend some time thinking about the jobs you have already had. What did you like/dislike about them? Do you like team or individual work better? Do you like selling people on your ideas or do you prefer doing research?
We look forward to seeing you!
The Office of Career Services
- Greater Boston
The Boston area is a world-class academic hub (home to more than a quarter of a million students at fifty colleges and universities), a health care mecca, and a high-tech boomtown.
Boston has been known to be called the "Cradle of Liberty" and the "Hub of the Universe." It is the American city that blazed the trail toward independence for the United States with many "firsts" such as, the first public library, the first public schools, and the first subway system.
Consider these possibilities: On a given day, you could walk Boston’s historic Freedom Trail; walk the Black Heritage Trail; tour Boston’s harbor islands by boat; hear a chamber music concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum tapestry room; hear a world class symphony orchestra at Symphony Hall; see the street performers at Faneuil Hall; shop the boutiques on Newbury Street; rollerblade on Boston’s Esplanade; take in a concert at the Hatch Shell; stroll the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts; or walk among free-flying butterflies at the Museum of Science. You’ll have just as many choices in the evening. Try one of the many fabulous restaurants, a few examples include: Afgan, Asian, barbecue, bistro, Brazilian, Cajun, Cambodian, Caribbean, Cuban, Chinese, Dominican, eclectic/new American, Ethiopian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Neapolitan, Russian, seafood, Spanish, steak, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, or Vietnamese. Take in a flick at the Harvard Film Archive, see the Boston Ballet, or track Boston’s alternative music scene at the Middle East.
Getting Away from It All:
Still looking for more? Within a three-hour drive of the city, you can find yourself:
Boston Publications Online:
City and State Government:
- Maps & Directions
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155 U.S.
Phone: +1 (617) 627-3700
From the southwest, west, and northwest via routes 2, 3, 9, Interstate 95, or the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90), exit onto the Boston circumferential, Route 128 (Interstate 95), and proceed north to its intersection with Route 2 (Exit 29A). Proceed east on Route 2 to the junction of routes 2 and 16. Turn left onto Route 16 east (Alewife Brook Parkway). Follow Route 16 through two full traffic lights. Take the next right, a sharp turn, onto Powderhouse Boulevard. Proceed to Packard Avenue, the third left, which leads to the campus and to the visitors' parking lot.
From Boston, the south, and the south shore, follow the Southeast Expressway (Route 3 north) to Interstate 93 north to Exit 31 (Mystic Valley Parkway/Arlington). Follow the exit ramp to Medford Square. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Main Street. Follow Main Street (bear to the right at the fork) for approximately 3/10 of a mile. Turn right onto George Street. Proceed to the end of George Street and turn left onto Winthrop Street. Follow Winthrop Street through its intersection with Boston Avenue (just over the railroad bridge). Stay on Winthrop Street and go up and over the hill and turn left onto Professors Row. Take your first left (at the stop sign) onto Packard Avenue. The visitors' parking lot will be on your right near the top of the hill (you will pass The Fletcher School on your left).
From the north via routes 1, 3, 95, 28, or 93, the recommended approach is via Route 128 (Interstate 95), to its intersection with Interstate 93. Go south on Interstate 93 to Exit 32, Medford Square. Proceed to the center of the square, turn left onto Main Street, and refer to the directions in the preceding paragraph.
From Logan Airport, follow signs for Boston and Interstate 93 via the Sumner Tunnel as you leave the airport. Once through the tunnel, follow signs for Interstate 93 north. Depending on the time of day you are traveling (and general traffic conditions), the trip from Logan to Fletcher can take as little as 20 minutes or as long as 45 minutes. Follow the directions in the second paragraph.
Click for most current routes and fares or visit the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) website for further information.
From Logan Airport, board the Silver Line bus at your terminal and take it to the South Station stop. At South Station, transfer to the Red Line. Take an inbound train (towards Alewife) eight stops to Davis Square. Allow one hour to get to Fletcher from the airport by subway. See below for directions to campus from Davis Square.
From the bus terminals and the Amtrak terminal located at Boston's South Station, follow signs to the MBTA Red Line South Station subway trains. Board an inbound train (towards Alewife) and take it eight stops to Davis Square. Give yourself 35-45 minutes to get from South Station to campus. See below for directions to campus from Davis Square.
From Davis Square you have several options to get to campus. You can board MBTA bus #96 (Medford Square) or #94 (West Medford) to Tufts, take the Tufts Shuttle bus, or walk 15-20 minutes along College Avenue to the campus. The MBTA bus will let you off at the Tufts Memorial Steps. Walk up the steps and cross the Tufts quadrangle. You will see Fletcher's Cabot Intercultural Center on your left as you cross Packard Avenue at the far end of the quadrangle. The bus schedules are posted on the street level inside the waiting area of the subway station (at the College Ave. exit) or can be found on the MBTA link above.
The Tufts Shuttle Bus is free and picks up riders across from the Holland St. exit of the Davis Square subway stop approximately every 20 minutes starting at 7:00am. The shuttle makes 5-6 stops, one of which is in front of the Olin Center, next to The Fletcher School's Cabot Intercultural Center. Please note that the shuttle runs only during fall and spring semesters when classes are in session.
The walk, well...it's free and exhilarating (with a slight uphill grade). When you exit the Davis Square station, follow the exit signs for College Avenue. Turn right out of the station and follow College Avenue to the Tufts Memorial Steps (about 15-20 minutes). Walk up the steps and cross the Tufts quadrangle. You will see Fletcher's Cabot Intercultural Center on your left as you cross Packard Avenue at the far end of the quadrangle.