Summer Study Abroad

Summer Academic Scholarship


Summers provide an invaluable opportunity for learning beyond campus. To both complement and supplement courses offered at Yale-NUS, CIPE is pleased to offer the Summer Academic Scholarship (SAS) to support attendance at credit-bearing academic programmes abroad in any academic area. Scholarships are up to SGD 5,000.

Criteria for Programme Selection

We encourage students to select programmes with the following criteria in mind:

  • Programmes must be academically rigorous
  • Programmes should be at least five weeks in duration. (Shorter programmes will be considered, but priority will be given to programmes that allow greater in-depth engagement)
  • Programme must end in time to allow students to return to Yale-NUS by the start of classes
  • Student must be able to meet the programme application deadline
  • Students may not enrol in online courses
  • Programmes that include homestays or cultural immersion opportunities will be looked upon favourably by the selection committee

Applications for partial language study (for instance as part of a summer school course load) will be considered. However, they will not be privileged due to the scholarships already available to Yale-NUS students through the Chinese Language Scholarship funded by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, the Santander International Experience Scholarship for Spanish language study and the Summer Language Scholarship (SLS).

To learn about some well-established summer programmes that you could attend, this list provided by the NUS International Relations Office (IRO) serves as useful reference (note, however, that you are by no means required to select a programme from this list).
You will need to apply directly to these programmes yourself, and not through NUS IRO or CIPE. As CIPE continues working on developing its own database of programme listings in the upcoming months, feel free to refer in the meantime to websites of study abroad offices at other liberal arts colleges in the U.S. Feel free also to reach out to relevant faculty or Wai Yee ( as you research programmes.

Click Summer academic programmes of past scholarship recipients to see a list of programmes that scholarship recipients have attended in the past.

For information on whether and how summer courses can count toward a major or minor, see “Do I get academic credit for the classes I take over the summer?” under the Summer Study Abroad section at the CIPE Summer Opportunities FAQs.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Full-time enrolled Yale-NUS students in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following in a 300-400 word essay:

  • How and why study in the chosen programme fits into their academic, professional or personal development
  • Clear rationale for why they must pursue the course abroad instead of at Yale-NUS
  • Plan to carry learning forward through further study or application of skills/knowledge gained
  • Ability to serve as a good ambassador for Yale-NUS College; adaptability, flexibility
  • Intent to bring learning back to Yale-NUS College and share with the community
  • Essays must be clear, well-written, and grammatically correct

*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.

Timeline and Process

  • Oct 2018: Applications available from CIPE
  • 21 Nov 2018: Application deadline (5pm)
  • Late Nov – Early Dec: Committee meets to select recipients; finalists may be interviewed
  • Mid Dec: Applicants notified of decisions; recipients have a week to confirm acceptance of the Scholarship.
  • Mid Jan – Late Mar, 2019: Individual programme deadlines and admissions decisions made; Scholarship recipients to notify CIPE once they decide which programme to attend
  • Mar – May: Individual programme deposits and tuition payments due
  • Late Apr: Scholarship recipients to attend all mandatory CIPE Summer Orientation sessions
  • May – Aug: Summer programmes in session
  • 12 Aug 2019: First day of classes for Year 2-4


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Acceptance into this scholarship is conditional upon your participation in a 2-day Pre-Departure Orientation in end April and submission of reflections post-summer.

Have Questions?
Leong Wai Yee
Programme Manager, International Programmes

Contact with questions about study abroad programmes.