Application 2015

Please read all of the important information on this page before you apply.

Before You Apply

A word of caution about choosing your course of study: although summer days are long, the academic sessions are short. Instructors cover the same amount of material in five weeks as they do in a thirteen-week term during the academic year, and most of our foreign language courses cover an entire year's material in just eight or ten weeks. You should be prepared for an intensive classroom experience and choose your courses with care. Missing even one class can have a serious impact on your ability to complete the course successfully, and additional part-time work during your time here may seriously detract from your ability to devote the necessary time to your studies. Arriving late for the start of a given session or leaving early at the end are not acceptable and will not be allowed under any circumstances. To receive course credit, attendance throughout the entire session is required.

Application information specific for the following types of students:

  • Pre-college
  • Yale College
  • Visiting college
  • International

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If you plan to attend a Yale summer program abroad and also wish to submit an application for a summer course on the New Haven campus, please contact before submitting either application form.


How to Apply

Application Checklist

Students must complete the general application and the application for housing and meals online. This process requires students to pay the application fee with a credit card. All other required documentation (recommendations, transcripts, writing samples, test scores, etc.) must be submitted separately. Applications will not be considered complete and will not be processed until all supporting materials are received. Printed versions of the application form will not be accepted.

Please see the calendar for application deadlines. Supporting materials must be postmarked or uploaded by the due date. Only applications that have all supporting materials uploaded or postmarked by the application deadline will be reviewed for admission.  Missing materials for incomplete applications cannot be accepted after the due date, and those applications will not be considered for admission, even if completed after the deadline.

Students are notified when their applications are complete. Applications for most programs are reviewed on a rolling basis, and students are notified in writing as soon as a decision has been made, usually within two to three weeks after the application is complete or by the published notification date. The application process is competitive; students are admitted based on academic qualifications. Admission is contingent on the absence of pending disciplinary matters. Decisions will not be given over the telephone.

International students should note that their application deadlines are earlier than those of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. This is to allow adequate time for the processing of student visas and the receipt of payments. Please be aware that the amount of time required for the processing of a visa varies from country to country and usually takes a minimum of three weeks. Yale Summer Session has no control over these processes.