Global Summer Program

Welcome to the Global Summer Program at Yale! For Yale and IARU-member students only. The Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience for undergraduate students at ten of the world's leading research universities, providing intensive, residential summer courses to students from member institutions.

Students participating in the GSP at Yale will:

  • Address critical issues from a global perspective.
  • Work with outstanding peers from around the world.
  • Learn intensively at a foreign university.
  • Learn from top researchers.



The GSP at Yale will be an exciting summer experience. Summer courses are intense due to the condensed nature of the material.

Important Dates

  • Friday, December 11, 2015 - Course & application for the 2016 Global Summer Program goes live.
  • Monday, March 7, 2016 - Application deadline
  • By Monday, April 11, 2016 -  Students are notified of their admission decision
  • By Wednesday April 20, 2016 - Students must accept or decline the nomination

How to Apply

  • Open to current Yale students and students from IARU partner universities.
  • Courses have limited enrollment.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have completed one year of college.
  • Yale students wishing to apply to a GSP course at Yale should fill out a Yale Summer Session application after January 11, 2016, and not the IARU GSP application.
  • For all other IARU partner students, click here to read the application instructions and to apply.

Credit Information

If you attend the GSP course at Yale, you will earn Yale credit.

Yale University has a standard conversion of 1 course credit equaling 4 credit hours. Students who wish to transfer Yale Summer Session credit to their college or university are advised to consult with their GSP Coordinator or other academic authorities at their home institutions in advance.

Grades & Transcripts

Yale Summer Session grades will be available online within one month of the end of each session on the Yale University Student Systems Web site. Official transcripts may be ordered from the Registrar's Office.



Please view the "tuition, dates, and deadlines" section regarding the tuition and other costs. We will waive the application fee for all IARU students. Two students from each partner university will receive a YSS half tuition scholarship and a Banco Santander half room and board scholarship. Payment is due 2 weeks before the program begins.

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Do I need a visa to be a part of the GSP? Any person who has citizenship other than U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident needs an F-1 student visa to study at Yale during the summer. You may not study at Yale with a tourist visa. 

What do I do if I need a visa? Once you are accepted into the GSP at Yale you will receive by mail a Form I-20. With this form you'll be able to start the process to obtain your F-1 students visa. Click here for more information on how to obtain a student visa.

When will I receive my Form I-20? The Form I-20 is processed by the Office of International Students and Scholars. They make every effort to process it quickly. From the time of admittance, it could take up to three weeks to receive your Form I-20. We mail the I-20 to you by trackable postal mail. Once you receive it, you should immediately begin the process of getting your visa. You will not be allowed to arrive late to the program. We’ve had students not be able to participate because they started the process of getting a visa too late.

Can I arrive late or leave early from the program? No.

When can I check into housing? Registration will be held the Sunday before the program begins. After you officially register for your course, you can check-in with the housing staff. Housing assignments are made upon arrival.

What should I do while I am in New Haven? Aside from being engaged with your course, classmates, and all the reading and writing that will be done, you should take time to have fun and explore the historic Yale campus, local New Haven landmarks, and some famous restaurants. The residential staff will plan lots of evening events, trips and other fun activities. On the weekends, if you have time, you could explore the surrounding areas, by taking a train or bus to New York City or Boston.

When the program ends, when should I plan to return home? Yale courses end on Friday and Yale housing closes Saturday morning. International students should plan return flights accordingly. Many students from previous years stayed on in the U.S. after the program ended for personal travel.