Apply anytime between December 14, 2012 and March 1, 2013. You are encouraged to apply earlier rather than later in case you have technical difficulties with the application. We are available to assist you with questions M-F between 8:30am-4:30pm. Applications will be reviewed after March 1st and students will recieve a decision on or after March 1st.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applications and Acceptance
Expenses and Funding
Travel Arrangements and Documentation
Applications and Acceptance
I have been in contact with the course instructor, and he/she assures me that I am well suited to the course. Does this mean I am in?
No. Students can only be assured of admittance to a program when they have received an official acceptance letter in their "My CIPE" profile.
I am still waiting to hear whether I've been accepted to the course, but in the meantime I'd like to find program updates. Where can I do this?
Check your "My CIPE" profile for program or information updates. Information about your pre-departure orientation can be found on the study abroad calendar.
Yale Summer Session must receive notice in writing (from the student who is withdrawing) that you are dropping the course. A notice written to the course instructor is not sufficient. E-mail Megan Carney to withdraw from a program or log into your "My CIPE" profile and click "withdraw". If you withdraw from the program after being admitted you will still be responsible for the $200 Program Deposit.
Expenses and Funding
The Center for International and Professional Experience website has a tab called "funding" for options for summer funding. Yale students can also check the Student Grants and Fellowships Database for fellowship opportunities. A student who received an ISA in a previous summer and is participating in a YSS program abroad is eligible to apply for a YSS tuition scholarship.
Go to the ISA website to apply for an ISA after you have been accepted to a YSS study abroad program.
I am participating in a language course that begins at Yale. Does the ISA cover my housing cost in New Haven?
The ISA covers only expenses related to the overseas portion of the course. Housing in New Haven is not part of the stipend.
I need a visa to enter the country where the program will take place, but the program budget for my course does not include this cost. Am I responsible for this?
The budget estimate found on the program brochure page includes only the visa cost for courses in which U.S. students are required to obtain a visa to enter the country where the program is located. A non-U.S. Yale student who is receiving an ISA and must obtain a visa to enter the same country should find out the visa cost and inform both the Summer Session Study Abroad staff and Jennifer Farkas of Student Financial Services. This cost will be added to the student's ISA budget.
The Program Deposit is a $200 charge to your student account after you have been admitted into one of the programs. If you withdraw your application prior to decisions going out (starting March 1) you will not be charged the Program Deposit. If you withdraw after being admitted into one of the programs you will still be responsible for the $200 deposit.
Student Financial Services administers and disperses the ISA. They make every effort to disperse the money as soon as possible. For YSS faculty led programs abroad, the stipend is posted to your student account. You may have to buy your plane fare before you receive your ISA, and then reimburse yourself once your stipend is posted. Questions regarding processing should be directed to Jennifer Farkas in Student Financial Services.
Undergraduate students enrolled in a language course must use the international housing option provided by Yale Summer Session. Undergraduates in non-language courses are encouraged to use the housing option provided by Summer Session, and the program instructor may make this a requirement of the course. Graduate students are allowed to refuse any housing option. Students who choose not to use the housing provided must inform Yale Summer Session (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 1 in order not to incur a housing penalty. Students cannot be guaranteed program housing once they have refused it. If you withdraw from the international housing option after April 1, you will be charged 25% of the international housing fee.
The study abroad application asks you if you wish to have on-campus housing. If you choose this option, you will be placed in Yale housing and billed full room and board charges for the number of weeks on campus. Housing is charged by the week. A student who leaves housing before the end of a week will be assessed a full week's room and board. All meals in New Haven are covered with this option. Any student may refuse New Haven on-campus housing and choose to live off-campus. If you choose this option, you are responsible for finding your own housing.
A Program Deposit of $200 is charged to the student's account after the student is admitted into the program. The international housing fee will be charged to the account of any student who has not indicated in writing to Yale Summer Session before April 1 that he or she is refusing the Summer Session housing option abroad. This option is only for students participating in a non-language program. 25% of the international housing charge will remain on the account of any student who cancels their international housing after April 1. All other program charges (tuition, program fee and if applicable, on-campus housing) are to be paid in full no later than two weeks before the start date of the course. All payments are made to Student Financial Services.
Student Financial Services will bill all students for the non-refundable program deposit, program fee, tuition, and the international housing charge. The bill will reflect any scholarships or awards received by the student. If a particular program charges additional fees directly to the student, that charge will also appear on the student's bill. Students in a language course with a New Haven component should be aware that the international housing charge and the on-campus room/board charge may appear in different billing statements.
For payments made by check, the check should be made out to Yale University and sent to the Student Financial Services office (P.O. Box 208232, New Haven, CT 06520-8232). Yale students may also make payments online through ePay.
Please contact Yale Summer Session at (203)432-2430.
Travel Arrangements and Documentation
Students are expected to arrive no later than the start date of the program listed, and are required to make their own transportation arrangements to and from the host site. Students who choose to arrive early or stay later must find and pay for their own lodging for any time spent in the program's location outside the official program dates. Students should not ask host families to arrive early or stay late. Check the particular program's website to find out the official dates.
You should plan to find your own transportation from the airport to your local housing. If the instructor or program leader arranges a group pickup from the airport, he/she will inform you of this in a pre-departure orientation. You should be able to carry all of your luggage yourself. (For those in a homestay, do not expect your homestay family to carry your luggage).
Yes! To travel outside of the United States you will need a valid passport. Your passport should be valid for at least three months after the date for which you plan to leave the country where your program is taking place. If you don't already have a passport, you should be in the process of obtaining one. Certain programs may require your passport information as part of the application process.
It is your responsibility to check the requirements of the country you will be visiting. Some countries require that a traveler's passport be valid several months (or up to 6 months) past the expected date of departure.
A visa is a document showing that a person is authorized to enter the territory for which it was issued, subject to permission of an immigration official at the time of actual entry. It is your responsibility to find out whether you need a student or tourist visa to enter the host country and to find out what is necessary to obtain a visa. Visit the consulate website of the country you will be entering to find out this information. Upon a student's request, Yale Summer Session will provide a letter of support to be presented to the consulate. YSS needs one week processing time. The student assumes all costs associated with obtaining the visa. For courses that meet in New Haven, you must obtain your visa BEFORE the program begins. Check the location of the nearest consulate before you go home for the spring semester (there are many consulates in New York City; at home, it may be a plane ride away).
I need a visa to enter the country where the program will take place. How soon should I get it before departure?
Do not leave obtaining the visa until the last moment. If you do, and if you present the application incorrectly or the consulate requires further information from you, there may not be enough time to put things in order before your expected date of departure. Also, if you are partcipating in a course which meets in New Haven, you must obtain your visa before the New Haven portion of the course begins. You may not miss class to go to a consulate.