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Note: Our application will open on February 15, 2021. In 2021, the majority of our courses and programs will be offered online. Visiting students may take online courses, but they may not live on campus.

Application Requirements

Please refer to Dates & Costs for all of the relevant deadlines. All supporting documentation must be received on or before the application deadline. Below the requirement list, we provide further explanation about some of the requirements.

The following materials are required for visiting international student applications:

  1. Online Application
  2. University Transcript (in English): with Fall 2019 grades. If your fall grades are not available, then you must submit your high school transcript
  3. Proof of English Proficiency: required for students taking Yale courses. Not required for students taking part in the Certificate Programs for International Students
  4. If you are beyond college: you must provide a college transcript or a resume/CV

Additional Requirements for Pre-College Applicants

  1. High School Transcript (in English): must include at least 2 1/2 years of grades.  Pre-college applicants must be entering into their senior year of high school (summer after junior year) or freshman year of college (summer after senior year).
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation


Academic Information for Visiting International Students

  • You'll select your program of study or courses at the time of application in the online application.
  • Once admitted to a course, you will receive a grade unless you either drop the course or withdraw by filling out a form online.
  • Two courses per session is the maximum enrollment.

Academic Transcripts

An unofficial transcript or academic record in English is required as part of the application to Yale Summer Session.

  • College students should submit a transcript of colleges/universities attended.
  • Pre-College students should submit a high school transcript.
  • Students who are beyond college should submit a college transcript or resume/CV if out of college for more than 10 years.

The online application enables applicants to upload an unofficial copy of their academic transcript.

Tip: All academic transcripts must show the name of the institution, dates of enrollment, and the subjects or courses taken, together with the units of credit or time allotted to each subject and the final grade.

Applications are evaluated holistically, therefore, we do not have a GPA requirement.

Proof of English Proficiency

Students choosing to take Yale courses for credit during Yale Summer Session must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken and written English. For applicants who are not native English-speakers and who have not had at least two years of secondary education or university instruction where English is the medium of instruction, Yale Summer Session requires taking any one of the proficiency tests listed below. English proficiency scores are not required for students participating in a Certificate Program for International Students.

Duolingo English Test (DET)

Applicants may submit the Duolingo English Test (DET), which combines an English proficiency test with a brief video interview. Duolingo’s technology and format allows applicants to complete the test at any time or place with internet access. Yale’s most competitive applicants have DET scores of at least 120.


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), is offered in two formats and requires pre-registration for available testing dates. Yale Summer Session requires:

  • 100 on the internet-based TOEFL iBT
  • 75 on the paper-and-pencil TOEFL Paper-delivered Test

The results must reach Yale Summer Session by the application deadline date relevant to the program. Yale Summer Session will not accept TOEFL's "My Best Scores".


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) offer proficiency tests in locations around the world. Pre-registration is required. Yale Summer Session requires applicants to have an IELTS scores of 7 or higher.

Pearson Test of English

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) offer proficiency tests in locations around the world. Pre-registration is required. Yale Summer Session applicants must have a Pearson Test score of 70 or higher.

International Pr​e-College Students

Please visit our pre-college page for further information and requirements for international high school students.

Question: Please contact us if you have further questions about attending Yale Summer Session!

Tip: Summer 2020 application is now closed.

Point: Watch our Summer Experience Video