Yale Summer Programs Abroad

Earn Yale College credit studying abroad with Yale faculty.

Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad are for students wishing to study outside the United States. Programs are open to Yale College students and non-Yale students 18 years of age and older; be aware that some courses may only be open to Yale students.

YSS programs abroad are scheduled anywhere from 4 to 10 weeks. Eight week language programs usually begin in New Haven and continue overseas while other courses occur entirely abroad. Click on the programs menu above to read summer 2015 program descriptions. 

The Summer 2015 application period is December 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

Studying abroad can be an exciting complement to your Yale education. Summer programs abroad are intense due to the condensed nature of the course material. The study abroad committee selects applicants who are mature and motivated to participate fully in all aspects of the program, both in the classroom as well as during scheduled trips or activities.

Click on the "Programs" tab above to learn more about the courses taught abroad in summer 2015. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with study abroad staff in January to discuss which program abroad might be the right option for them.

Important Dates

  • Monday, December 15, 2014 -Application for summer programs abroad opens
  • Sunday, February 15, 2015 - Application Deadline
  • Early to mid-March - Students will be notified of admission decisions no later than March 15

How to Apply

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have completed one year of college. Non-degree-seeking students who wish to apply must have a bachelor of arts or science.
  • Visit the "Programs" tab above to review program options.
  • Click on the "Apply for Yale Programs Abroad" button in the menu bar to the right of the course description pages.


Program LIST 2015 



 South America



Credit & Grade Information for Yale Summer Courses Abroad

Credit Information for Yale Students
Yale undergraduates receive Yale College credit for summer programs abroad sponsored by Yale Summer Session. There is no limit on the number of courses in Yale Summer Session that a Yale College student may offer toward the requirements for the bachelor’s degree, but attending Yale Summer Session does not constitute a term of enrollment in Yale College.

There is no “Credit/D/Fail” option in the summer.

Some summer programs abroad may include a transfer credit. Students must take both courses as part of the program. Be aware that while the transfer credit will appear on the official Yale transcript, the course grade will not. Please note, Yale College only permits students to transfer a total of 2 outside credits for summer study. Students should always inform their academic adviser of any plans to study abroad and how the program or course fits into an overall plan of study.

2015 Courses that include a transfer credit are:

Singapore - Southeast Asia in Context (ANTH S-230). 1 Yale credit and 1 general transfer credit.

Prague - Cinematic Storytelling in Prague (FILM S144). 1 Yale credit and 1 general transfer credit.

Credit Information for non-Yale Students

Yale University has a standard conversion of 1 course credit equaling 4 credit hours. Students who wish to transfer Yale Summer Session credit to other colleges and universities are advised to consult with the appropriate academic authorities at their home institutions in advance. For further detailed information or questions regarding a specific credit hours conversion, contact the Office of the Registrar at 203-432-2330.

Transcripts & Grades

Grades will be available online within one month of the end of each session on the Yale University Student Systems Web site. Grades will not be given over the telephone or by e-mail under any circumstances. Official transcripts are issued by the Registrar’s Office for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, upon request of the student. No transcripts will be issued to students who are financially indebted to the University.

Yale College students only:

Courses completed in Yale Summer Session will be entered automatically on the Yale College transcript unless the student instructs the Registrar of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in writing to the contrary by September 30. A Yale College student may elect to have a Summer Session course not appear on the Yale College transcript by completing a form at the Registrar’s Office prior to this deadline. After September 30 a course may be entered on or removed from a Yale College transcript only upon payment of a $35 per-course processing fee. Once a student requests that a course be entered, it may not be subsequently removed. When a course in Yale Summer Session is entered on a student’s Yale College transcript, both the course and the grade are recorded; the course may not be recorded without the grade. If a course in Yale Summer Session is entered on the Yale College transcript, it will be included in the calculations of the student’s eligibility for General Honors.

Program Cost

Each Yale summer program abroad provides a detailed budget for students. To find cost information, click on the "Program Budget" link on the webpage of the program which interests you.


International Summer Awards (ISAs)
ISAs provide a stipend to help support a summer experience abroad for undergraduates receiving Yale financial aid. View the ISA website to learn more and see if you are eligible.

Yale Summer Session Scholarship
Yale students who are on financial aid may apply for a YSS tuition scholarship. Based on your current financial aid you may qualify to receive up to half off of tuition for 2 credits only. This award cannot be used concurrently with an ISA.

Merit-based fellowships are available to help fund substantial and well-planned research, study, volunteer, and internship activities in the U.S. and abroad. View the Fellowships website to see what's involved in the application process and if you might qualify to apply for an award. Please note that very few students receive fellowship funding for Yale summer programs abroad.

Other Sources of Funding

In addition to the ISA and potential Fellowship awards, Yale students should read about other potential sources of funding for summer programs.


Be aware that a $200 non-refundable Program Deposit will be charged to your student account immediately upon your admission into a Yale summer program abroad. Final payment of all remaining fees is due no later than two weeks before the program begins. 

Yale students receiving an International Summer Award (ISA) will have the funds directly deposited into their student account. If there is a balance due, you can pay the difference after the ISA is dispersed. Students should not wait to receive the ISA to buy an airline ticket. Purchase it soon after you are admitted to get the best possible price.

Applications and Being Admitted

Expenses and Funding



Travel Arrangements

Applications and Being Admitted

When should I apply?  Apply anytime between December 15, 2014 and February 15, 2015. 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 February 15 and students will receive a decision early to mid-March. Contact studyabroad@yale.edu with questions.

I have been in contact with the program instructor, and he/she assures me that I am well suited to the program. Does this mean I am "in"?  No; students can only be assured of admittance to a program when they have received an official notification in their My CIPE account.

I am still waiting to hear whether I've been admitted to the program, but in the meantime I'd like to find program updates. Where can I do this?  Check your My CIPE acount for program or information updates. Information about pre-departure orientation will be made available once students are admitted into a program.

I have been admitted to the program but am unable to participate. How can I drop the course?  Yale Summer Session must receive notice in writing (from the student who is withdrawing) that you are dropping the program. A notice written to the instructor is not sufficient. E-mail studyabroad@yale.edu to withdraw from a program. If you withdraw from the program after being admitted, you will still be responsible for the $200 non-refundable Program Deposit.

Expenses and Funding

What is the Program Deposit?  The Program Deposit is a $200 non-refundable fee charged to your student account to hold your place in the program upon admission. If you withdraw your application prior to receiving an admission notification, you will not be charged the Program Deposit. Students who withdraw after being admitted, will be responsible for this non-refundable fee.

How do I apply for an ISA if it is to be applied to a Yale summer program abroad?  Go to the ISA website to apply for an ISA after you have been accepted to a Yale summer program abroad.

When will the International Summer Award (ISA) appear on my account? Student Financial Services administers and disperses the ISA. They make every effort to disperse the money as soon as possible. For Yale summer programs abroad, the funds will be posted to your student account. You may have to buy your plane ticket before you receive your ISA to get the best price. Questions regarding processing should be directed to Student Financial Services.

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 program. 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 programs 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 Student Financial Services. This cost will be added to the student's ISA budget. Keep in mind the ISA has a $10,500 cap.

Are other Yale scholarships available in the summer?  The Center for International and Professional Experience website has a tab called "Funding" related to other summer funding options. 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.


Can I find my own international housing while on the program? Undergraduate students enrolled in Yale Summer Session programs abroad must use the international housing option provided. Graduate students are allowed to refuse the international housing option (except in Tanzania).

I'm in an language course that begins at Yale. How do I arrange housing in New Haven?  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.


When are payments due to Yale Summer Session?  A $200 non-refundable Program Deposit is charged upon admittance into the program. 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 program. All payments are made to Student Financial Services.

What charges will appear on the bill I receive from Student Financial Services?  Student Financial Services will bill all students for the $200 non-refundable program deposit, relevant 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.

Where do I make payments?  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.

Who should I contact if I have questions about billing or payments? Please contact Yale Summer Session at (203) 432-2430.

Travel Arrangements

Can I arrive early or stay later at the host site, or do I have to travel with the group?  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 brochure page to find out the official dates.

Will I be picked up from the airport when I arrive abroad?  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 meeting. You should be able to carry all of your luggage yourself. For those students in programs with a homestay, do not expect your homestay family to carry your luggage.

Will I have opportunities to travel on my own? Any time outside of class and required program activities is your own time. You will receive a schedule of class and group activities from the instructor shortly before the program begins. Unless otherwise stated, program activities are mandatory.