Postgraduate Seminar | Yale Summer Session
Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session MyYSS

Postgraduate Seminar

You are here

Photo by Mara Lavitt

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, July 1 - August 2, 2019

Application opens: January 3, 2019

Application deadline: May 20, 2019

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 2019 electives will be available soon.

Tuition and Fees

Item Amount
Tuition - Postgraduate Seminar $4,600
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 Postgraduate 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 Postgraduate Seminar (SUMR S012) 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.

Summer 2019 application is now open.