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Strengthen Your Graduate-Level English

The Postgraduate Seminar is an intensive English program for international students who are attending or planning to attend graduate school in the U.S., or for mature or professional students who want to study English in a serious academic setting. The program is designed to prepare you for the rigors of graduate school and polish your academic writing and speaking skills. You will improve your overall abilities in both spoken and written English, as well as your understanding of U.S. academic culture.

Date: Program dates: Session B, June 29 - July 31, 2020

Application opens: January 15, 2020

Application deadline: May 15, 2020

Postgraduate Seminar Daily Schedule*

Class Days Times
American Identities: A Critical Reading Class T/TH 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Academic Speaking & Presentation Skills MWF 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writing for Postgraduate Students M/W 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Living Language: American Interactions F 2:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Evening Elective  T/TH 7:00 - 8:30 pm

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

Postgraduate Seminar Courses

Writing for Postgraduate Students

  • Practice academic research papers, drawing upon your own area of research and interest
  • Learn the conventions of academic writing (citing sources, intellectual property rights, making use of the Internet, scholarly publications)
  • Discuss assigned readings that model processes and strategies used in academic writing

Academic Speaking and Presentation Skills

  • Develop active listening skills using conversation, interviews, media broadcasts, lectures, and films
  • Learn the conventions of presentations, roundtable or panel discussions and small-group conversation
  • Increase your academic, professional and everyday vocabulary

American Identities: A Critical Readin​g Class

Students will gain an understanding of the major themes and concepts that structure life in the cultures of the pluralistic American community. Building on experiences, students will investigate the interaction of people, ideas, science and technology, political, economic and social movements. Class material will be drawn from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including media, ethics, letters and literature, fine arts, religion, economics, business, science, and technology.

Living Language: American Interactions

Research has shown that language skills improve dramatically when learners are not focused on the specifics of structure and correctness of speech. Instead, when one is “distracted” by imagination and “play”, language improves rapidly and dramatically. This class takes you “outside the box” of traditional presentation skills or group discussions, and allows you to explore your creative and imaginative spirit while unconsciously improving vocabulary, pronunciation and critical thinking skills. We will discuss art, photography, literature and personal interests as catalysts for enriching language and making meaning.

Optional Elective Courses

Postgraduate Seminar students may chose to participate in an elective course. Example elective courses include:

  • Business Games 
  • Professional Presentation Skills 
  • American Film Classics: Touchstones in American Pop Culture 
  • Video Production Workshop 
  • Pronunciation 
  • American Idioms and English Proverbs 
  • American Etiquette

Link: Click here for the 2018 elective class descriptions. Summer 2020 electives will be available soon.

Tuition and Fees

Item Amount
Tuition - Postgraduate Seminar $4,700
Application fee (nonrefundable) $75
Visa processing fee $100
Medical insurance fee for 5 weeks, estimated $80

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 5, 2020).

Application Information

To apply, review the application requirements for international students, and fill out the Yale Summer Session application.  The Certificate programs are offered under Yale Summer Session B course listings.  Proof of English proficiency is not required for this program.

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.