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Take Your Business English to the Next Level

The Business Seminar is designed to prepare you for professional life or graduate business study and help you build the necessary skills to compete in the world of business. Develop the communication skills you need to be competitive in global business. Make international connections, gain cross-cultural understanding, and experience business case study analysis.  

The Business Seminar offers participants the tools to think critically about international business environments. It is a serious program that introduces students to the workload and content of an American MBA program.

You will join students preparing for an MBA program at Yale or other universities, working business professionals and entrepreneurs, and those who are seeking promotion in their current position.

Date: Program dates: Session B, July 1 - August 2, 2019

Application opens: January 3, 2019

Application deadline: May 20, 2019

Business Seminar Daily Schedule*

Class Days Times
Business Seminar MTWTHF 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oral Communication Skills M/W 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Written Communication Skills T/TH 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Evening Elective  T/TH 7:00 - 8:30 pm

*Individual schedules may vary. This is for reference only.

Business Seminar Courses

Business Seminar 

The Business Seminar is the heart of the program. The Seminar is an interactive course in which everyone is expected to participate in focused discussions and debates.

  • Study concepts and terminology found in strategic planning, organization, investment analysis, and developing a business plan
  • Participate in lectures, discussions, case studies, readings, and small group work with presentations
  • Practice in the case method to explore business strategies and concepts
  • Engage in team building and international networking with peers
  • Build leadership skills with a ziplining field trip

Oral Communication Skills

  • Improve your spoken English -- vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, grammar and pronunciation -- within the business context
  • Focus on presentations in mock business meetings based on case studies
  • Participate in seminar style discussions and debate

Written Communication Skills 

  • Develop academic English language reading and writing skills that are essential to graduate studies and to business management in English-speaking environments
  • Focus on group and individual writing projects based on case studies
  • Practice resume writing, note taking, writing emails and letters, and business plans
  • One on one meetings to focus on your writing skills

Tuition and Fees

Item Amount
Tuition - Business Seminar $5,400
Application fee (nonrefundable) $75
Visa processing fee $100
Medical insurance fee for 5 weeks, estimated $75

For other fees and residential costs, please visit our Tuition and Fees page. All tuition and fees, including room and meal charges, must be paid in full three weeks before the program begins (by June 10, 2019).

Financial Assistance

Yale Summer Session only offers financial assistance to Yale College students. Financial assistance is not available for visiting students at this time. Visiting students should contact the financial aid office at their home institutions to discuss their options for financial assistance.

How to Apply

The application for the Business Seminar is now open.

When prompted to select a program in the application, select Yale Summer Session. Then, select 2019 Session B: July 1 - August 2. You will see Business Seminar for International Students (SUMR S014) listed on the course selection page.

To be considered for admission, you must submit the following materials before May 20, 2019:

  • Online application
  • Application fee and visa processing fee
  • Financial documents
  • Photocopy of passport

This is a full time program.  You may not take a second YSS course in addition to this program.

Point: Admis​​sions Notice

Students who plan to apply to the Business Seminar must have a solid background in the discipline. Undergraduates who apply should have completed their second year of undergraduate study in business to qualify for admission. Students are expected to have an intermediate to advanced English proficiency.

Summer 2019 application is now open.