Global Summer Program

For Yale and IARU-member students only. Summer study at the world's top universities. 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.

Study abroad or in New Haven with the GSP.

Students participating in the GSP 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.

You can study at the following Global Summer Program partner universities:

            ETH Zürich
            Peking University
            The University of Tokyo
            Australian National University
            University of California, Berkeley
            National University of Singapore
            University of Copenhagen
            University of Cambridge
            University of Oxford
            Yale University 



Studying abroad will be an exciting complement to your Yale education. Summer courses abroad are intense due to the condensed nature of the material. You should think carefully if this is the right option for you. The study abroad committee selects applicants who are mature and motivated to study outside of the United States.

The YSS staff can help you determine if this is the right option for you. Click here to learn about the 2015 Global Summer Program courses.

Important Dates

  • Friday, December 12, 2014 - Course & application for the 2015 Global Summer Program goes live.
  • Friday, March 6, 2015 - Application deadline
  • By Thursday, April 2, 2015 -  Students are notified of their admission decision
  • By Friday April 10, 2015 - Students must accept or decline the nomination

How to Apply

  • Open to current Yale students only.
  • Programs have limited enrollment.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have completed one year of college.
  • Click here to read the application instructions and to apply.

2015 Global Summer Program Opportunities

Click here for the list of summer 2015 courses.

For Yale Students

Click here for an advising guide of all Global Summer Program courses with information regarding ISA eligibility and credit eligibility. 

Global Internship Opportunity

1. Program Assistant, Peking University School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2. Internship with the International Core Research Center for NanoBio (C2CNB), The University of Tokyo

3. The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP)

4.  Summer Internship Program in Kashiwa (UTSIP Kashiwa), The University of Tokyo

5. UTokyo Amgen Scholars Program 2015, The University of Tokyo

Details about these internships can be found here.


Credit Information for Yale Students

GSP Course Taken at a Partner University: If you wish to transfer the credit in from a GSP course, the credit earned is considered transfer credit. Speak to your residential college dean and/or DUS before you attend the GSP course to discuss how and if the credit earned from a GSP course can be transferred as outside credit.

Some points to consider about transfer credit:

  • You will receive one general transfer credit for a GSP course.
  • The course must be at least 4 weeks long and must carry similar contact hours to that of courses at Yale.
  • A grade of “C” or above is required for transfer credit.
  • Yale College only allows you to bring in 2 outside credits (total) for summer study.
  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in the subject of a course taken must preapprove the award of credit if the credit is to be used towards a major.
  • You need an official transcript for the work completed at the foreign university. One may be sent by the university you attended to the GSP coordinator at Yale at the conclusion of the program. Check with the GSP coordinator of the university you attended. If you would like other copies of your official transcript, you should request one from the university before you depart from the program.

For the full list of details regarding transfer of credit, review the Yale College policy “Credit from Other Universities”.

GSP Course Taken at Yale University: If you attend the GSP course at Yale, you will earn Yale 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 their GSP Coordinator or other academic authorities at their home institutions in advance.

Transcripts & Grades

For Courses Taken at a Partner University: Contact the GSP Coordinator of the university you attended for information about how to obtain your grade for the course you attended.

For the GSP course at Yale: Grades will be available online within one month of the end of each session on the Yale University Student Systems Web site.



Expenses & Payment for Yale Students Studying Abroad at a Partner University

Consult the "costs" section of course description for the course you will be attending. For most courses, you will pay all fees directly to the university you will be attending. Summer Session will charge you for mandatory study abroad health insurance. If you are using an ISA for your program (certain restrictions apply), the money will be directly deposited into your student account, and you will be able to request a withdrawal of the funds to pay your bill. For questions regarding the disperment of the ISA, please contact Jennifer Farkas in Student Financial Services.

Expenses & Payment for the Global Summer Program at Yale

Please view the Yale Summer Session section of the website 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.


For Yale Students Studying Abroad at a Partner University: For students on financial aid ISA funding is available for GSP courses four or more weeks long. The GSP course at Yale University is not eligible for the ISA.

Click here for a 2015 advising guide of all GSP Programs. 

The Friends of UTokyo, Inc. has a scholarship for students interested in studying at the University of Tokyo. Click here for more information.

As part of their social responsibility program, Banco Sanatander is partnering with IARU to award scholarships to outstanding students attending the IARU Global Summer Program. All students may apply. There are nine US$2,000 and two US$1,000 scholarships available for successful Yale students. These scholarships will  be made available from 2015-2017. You may apply for these scholarships in your GSP application by answering the one question asking you if you'd like to be considered for the Banco Santander scholarship (this applies to Yale students applying to study at a partner university.

More information: IARU-Santander Global Summer Program Scholarship

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For Yale Students Participating the in GSP course at Yale

Two Yale students will be awarded a Banco Santander half tuition scholarship to attend the course in New Haven. These two students must live on campus and participate in all GSP activities. Students will be responsible for room, board and any other expenses.

 For Non-Yale Students Participating the in GSP course at Yale

Two Summer Session half tuition scholarships will be awarded to each IARU institution. Recipients will be chosen by the home institution. Those same two students will also be awarded a Banco Santander half room and board scholarship. Students will be responsible for all other expenses.


(scroll down for FAQs if you are a student who is coming to Yale)

Applications and Being Admitted

Expenses and Funding



Travel Arrangements

Applications and Being Admitted

When should I apply?  Apply anytime between December 12, 2014 and March 6, 2015. Apply earlier rather than later in case you have technical difficulties with the application. YSS staff are available to assist you with questions M-F between 9:00am-4:00pm.

I have been in contact with the GSP Coordinator of the university where I want to go, 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 e-mail from their host university GSP Coordinator.

I am still waiting to hear whether I've been admitted to the course, but in the meantime I'd like to find program updates. Where can I do this?  Check the IARU Global Summer Program website for program or information updates. Information about your pre-departure orientation will be coming soon.

I have been admitted to the program but am unable to participate. How can I drop the course?  Yale Summer Session and the GSP Coordinator of the host university must receive notice in writing (from the student who is withdrawing) that you are dropping the course.

Expenses and Funding

How do I apply for an ISA if it is to be applied to a Global Summer Program?  Go to the ISA website to apply for an ISA after you have been accepted to the Global Summer Program.

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 the Global Summer Program, the stipend is 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 Jennifer Farkas in Student Financial Services.

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?  If you are receiving an ISA and must obtain a visa to enter the country where the program takes place, you should find out the visa cost and inform both the Yale GSP Coordinator, Kathy Trputec and Jennifer Farkas of 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" for options for summer funding. Yale students can also check Yale's Student Grants  Database for fellowship opportunities.


Can I find my own international housing while on the program? Students must use the international housing option provided by the Global Summer Program unless otherwise noted by the GSP Coordinator of the university you will attend.


When and to whom is my payment due?  Generally speaking, all payments must be made two weeks prior to the start of the course. All payments will be made directly to the university you will attend unless it is a program that Yale will bill you for.

What charges will appear on the bill I receive from Student Financial Services?  All Yale students participating on a Global Summer Program that is abroad will be billed for HTH study abroad health insurance by Yale Summer Session.

Who should I contact if I have questions about billing or payments?  All questions regarding your bill should be address to the university you will attend. If you have a question regarding the study abroad health insurance charge, please contact Kathy Trputec in Yale Summer Session.

Travel Arrangements

Can I arrive early or stay later at the host site?  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. 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. You should be able to carry all of your luggage yourself. Contact you host GSP Coordinator for questions regarding your arrival at the location.

Will I have opportunities to travel on my own?  Any time outside of class and required program activities is your own time. Unless otherwise stated, program activities are mandatory.



Do I need a visa to be a part of the GSP?

What do I do if I need a visa?

Will this program help improve my ability to speak the English language?

When does the program officially begin and end?

What should I do while I am in New Haven?

When the program ends, when should I plan to return home?


Do I need a visa to be a part of the GSP? If you are not a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, then yes, you need a 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 and receive your I-20 (enclosed in the acceptance packet) by mail, make an appointment at the US embassy in your home country. You will need to get your visa before the program begins in New Haven. Do this is a timely manner. 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.


Will this program help improve my ability to speak the English language? This GSP course is not a course designed to improve your English skills. For students whose native language is not English, do not expect the course work to improve your English, but use this experience as a chance to practice your skills. Students should have an advanced level of English and be ready to read, write, and be part of a class discussion in English.

When does the program officially begin and end? Students can check into on-campus housing on Sunday July 5, 2015. The program begins on Monday July 6. The program officially ends on Friday August 7. Students must check out of the dorms by 6pm on Friday. Please plan your flights accordingly if you are not staying on for personal travel at the end of the program.

What should I do while I am in New Haven? Be ready to be a part of the class. You’ll be busy with reading and writing. You should also take time to have fun and explore New Haven while you are here! The Yale campus is beautiful and there is a lot to see. On the weekends, if you want to explore the surrounding areas, you can take the train to New York City or take a bus (or train) to Boston. The residential staff will also plan lots of evening events, trips and other fun activities.

When the program ends, when should I plan to return home? Yale courses and Yale housing in New Haven end on Friday. Students are expected to check out by 6pm. International Students should plan return flights accordingly. Many international students from previous years stayed in the US after the program ended for personal travel.