Summer Study Abroad

From learning Japanese in Nagoya to studying French cinema in Paris, summers are an ideal time to acquire fluency in a foreign language or take classes otherwise not offered at Yale-NUS. Click on the different links below to explore the enriching summer opportunities offered through CIPE International Programmes. Students are also free to apply for self-funded summer programmes independently. Please refer to our Summer Opportunities FAQ. Click here for details of insurance coverage for official trips under the “travel insurance” tab.

Yale-NUS Summer Institute in Global Strategy and Leadership
Yale Summer Session Abroad
Yale Summer Session in New Haven
Chinese Language Scholarship Funded by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation
Santander International Experience Scholarship Funded by Santander Universities
Summer Language Scholarship
Summer Academic Scholarship
Summer Arts Scholarship


*New* Writing Resource

Wondering what the review committee is looking for in an application? Check out our Summer scholarship application tips. It has the essence of what we share with students in advising sessions.

Overview of application to host institution

All students are responsible for applying directly to the programme and any relevant visa. Please check with the host institution on the visa they need you to apply for and if they have any condition, such as you doing a certain number of credits. If the host institution requires a transcript in their programme application, you have to obtain it yourself. Click here for the ways to get an unofficial and official transcript with the cost and processing time.

Approved Programmes

As a few batches of students have gone on summer programmes and petitioned for them, a number of programmes have been approved and subsequent students going for the same programme do not need to petition again. These programmes have been vetted by a committee comprising faculty and CIPE administrators, i.e. credit transfer has been approved. Click here for a list of approved programmes.

Petition Programmes

If a programme is not in the approved list and you want to know whether credit can be transferred, you need to submit a petition. The review committee has to approve a programme for credit transfer before CIPE administers the credit conversion. The committee requires information on syllabus, instruction hours and assessment mode etc to make a decision. Depending on when students can provide the required information to CIPE, students may participate in the summer programme before knowing the committee’s decision as the committee meets twice a year, usually in March and October. Click here for the online petition form, which you can use to apply for both summer and semester academic programs.

Overview of credit transfer procedure

Please note that credit transfer is not automatic. Students can choose not to transfer credit but those who want to transfer credit have to go through the following procedure, regardless of whether they have gone on a summer programme through CIPE’s scholarship or as an independent applicant and whether it is for an approved or petition programme.

Upon acceptance by host institution

If unsure, check with CIPE on the number of credits that can be transferred for your approved summer programme. CIPE has a formula for credit conversion which is approved by the petition review committee. Students can only transfer a maximum of 10 MCs per summer. The preferred basis for credit conversion is the number of credits issued by the host institution. Our policy for credit conversion is that a full semester load at the host institution is equal to a full semester load at Yale-NUS, i.e. 20 MCs.

An example will be a student taking a summer course awarded 10 credits by a host institution with a full semester load of 40 credits. According to the following breakdown, the student will transfer 5 MCs. To confirm the number of MCs that can be transferred, students have to email Graham with the number of credits awarded by the host institution. If the number of credits is not available, students should provide the number of instructional hours.

40 credits = 20 MCs
10 credits = 5 MCs

Upon return to Yale-NUS

Submit the host institution official transcript to CIPE as soon as you have it. Upon completion of the summer programme, students are responsible to liaise with the host institution and ensure that the transcript reaches CIPE. If the host institution’s transcript does not reach CIPE two months after the completion of the programme, it is recommended that students send a reminder to the host institution.

Credit can be transferred only if the transcript has a grade and preferably number of credits. 

Registry requires the credit transfer to be processed in a timely manner. Upon receiving the host institution’s transcript, CIPE makes a duplicate copy for processing with Registry and informs students to collect the original copy. Students can collect the original copy from Graham during office hours. The host institution’s transcript will be useful for applications to graduate school, internships or jobs in the future. It takes time for the credit transfer to be reflected on your Yale-NUS transcript so if you urgently need to prove your participation in study abroad, the host institution’s transcript usually suffices.

Credits to be counted towards major/minor/elective unrelated to major and minor

  • Students will obtain the summer credit transfer form in hard copy by attending one of the mandatory group credit transfer consultation sessions announced in CIPE newsletters, discuss it with the Head of Studies for their major/minor, and have it signed. Sometimes, for such mapping, he or she might need to refer to a copy of the course syllabus, which the student is responsible to check and provide.
  • Students who have yet to declare a major/minor but wish to count the summer courses towards the intended major/minor are recommended to approach the Head of Studies for that major/minor and fill in the summer credit transfer form for Registry to process as per the intended major/minor. If students subsequently require the course to be tagged differently, for e.g., from major to elective, students have to work with Registry to update their record.

Registry requires the credit transfer form to be complete, accurate and legitimate. This process can take several days to complete, as you are required to get signatures from faculty members who may need time to review your courses and determine equivalencies. Do not wait until the last minute to approach the faculty and please check that the faculty have filled in the form correctly. Ensure that your advisor’s input is in line with the requirements under Majors and Minors at Yale-NUS College in order to be accepted by Registry.

Students who want to retag credits that have already been transferred should approach Registry directly. For example, a student initially chooses to count credits towards electives unrelated to the major/minor and CIPE processes the credit transfer accordingly. The student subsequently declares/changes major and wants to count those credits toward the major instead. This is a case of retagging and the student has to work with Registry. The required post credit transfer module reclassification request form can be found here in the student portal.