Summer Study Abroad

Summer Academic Scholarship

CIPE offers the Summer Academic Scholarship to support students’ participation in credit-bearing academic programmes abroad. Scholarships up to the amount of SGD 5,500 each are available to Yale-NUS students.

Successful candidates will receive the scholarship directly from the College and are fully responsible for application and payment to the summer programme provider as well as all other associated procedures. They will not be eligible to receive other sources of funding from CIPE for their summer programme approved for this scholarship or to use the scholarship for another CIPE summer opportunity.

For an overview of the scholarship application process and the procedures that follow, refer to the CIPE Summer Scholarships Infographic.

Info sessions for CIPE Summer Scholarships for 2020 will be held at these dates and times. Each session will include a short briefing (slides available here) and time for questions:

  • 30 Oct, Wed, 3-4pm at Classroom 15
  • 31 Oct, Thu, 10-11am at Classroom 15
  • 5 Nov, Tue, 10-11am at Classroom 15
  • 8 Nov, Fri, 3-4pm at Classroom 15

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 but will not be privileged as language scholarships are already available to Yale-NUS students through the Chinese Language Scholarship funded by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, Spanish Language Scholarship and the Summer Language Scholarship (SLS).

You can start exploring summer academic programmes by referring to this list (see Summer Partner Universities) provided by the NUS Global Relations Office (GRO) or websites of study abroad offices at other liberal arts colleges in the U.S. Note that you are not restricted to selecting from the GRO list. You will need to apply directly to these programmes yourself, and not through NUS GRO or CIPE.  Feel free to reach out to relevant faculty as you research programmes.

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

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

  • 25 Oct 2019: Applications available from CIPE
  • 22 Nov 2019: 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, 2020: 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
  • Aug 2020: All scholarship recipients (Years 2-4) must be back by the first day of the semester to attend classes.


Click Here to Apply Now

To log in using your NUSNET ID and password (preferred), please select the option “I have a username and password” when prompted.

If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the online application, please email Lindsay Allen ( with the subject line Online Application – Summer Academic Scholarship.

Acceptance into this scholarship is conditional upon your participation in a pre-departure orientation at the end of April and submission of reflections post-summer.

Have Questions?
Leong Wai Yee
Programme Manager, International Programmes

Contact with questions about study abroad programmes.