Summer Study Abroad

Summer Language Scholarship

“The limits of my language,” writes Ludwig Wittgenstein, “mean the limits of my world.” In order to cultivate students capable of navigating diverse cultures in an interconnected world, Yale-NUS strives to be a place where the study of foreign languages is vigorously encouraged and supported.

While during the academic year students can take languages courses offered at Yale-NUS as well as the NUS Centre for Language Studies, summers offer an invaluable opportunity for intensive, immersive language training. Complementing our Chinese and Spanish language scholarships, CIPE offers the Summer Language Scholarship (SLS) to support the study of foreign languages over the summer.

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 must be at least five weeks in duration
  • 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
  • For students interested in studying modern languages: programmes that include homestays, language pledges, or cultural immersion opportunities will be looked upon favorably by the selection committee

Applications for Chinese or Spanish language study may still be considered, though they will not be privileged, due to the scholarships already available to Yale-NUS students through the Chinese Language Scholarship funded by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation and the Spanish Language Scholarship. Feel free to reach out your language instructor and relevant faculty as you research programmes in other languages.

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. Priority consideration will be given to students applying for programmes above the beginner level. Students who have not previously studied the language must enrol in a language class at Yale-NUS or NUS during Semester 2 and successfully complete it prior to starting their summer programme. Failure to enrol in or complete the course could result in withdrawal of the scholarship offer. Students applying to study languages not offered at Yale-NUS or NUS must demonstrate commitment to the language and plans to continue study in some other way.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following in a 200-300 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.

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 Language 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.

Summer Study Opportunities in Sanskrit

Learning Sanskrit can help students to pick up other languages which were derived from Sanskrit, such as Hindi and German. It also allows students to understand scriptures in the original language. Some reputable institutions that offer Sanskrit courses are as follows:

Summer Study Opportunities in Ancient Greek or Latin

For students interested in studying Ancient Greek or Latin, Associate Professor Mira Seo has compiled this resource about studying ancient languages. Check out the links for the programmes she recommends.

Why: Intensive courses in ancient languages are designed to help motivated undergraduates achieve up to two years’ worth of language training in 10 weeks. After completing an intensive summer course, students will be well-placed to begin reading and studying texts in the original languages with faculty at Yale-NUS: Homer, Euripides, Plato, or Aristotle in Greek, Epicurean poetry, Vergil’s Aeneid, or Augustine in Latin. Many students choose to take these courses to jump-start a Classics major by catching up quickly on languages.

Where: The best summer courses are offered at American research universities with strong graduate programmes in Classics. Language pedagogy is an essential part of training in Classics graduate programmes, so these programmes have excellent facilities and support for student language learning. Summer in a college town offers excellent student-centered social experiences and incomparable research facilities such as libraries and archaeological museums. Immersion in a research-intensive environment introduces students to a broad range of future academic pursuits.

Credit: Students of all of these programmes are regularly granted language credit by other Classics programmes.

  • University of California, Berkeley CA: famed for their intensive summer Greek Workshop. Their results are exceptional– they achieve the most progress in the shortest amount of time. Also offers Latin.
  • CUNY Latin and Greek Institute: One of the most intensive programmes that has all day classes to cover 4 semesters of language in 10 weeks. As a public institution, the tuition is fairly reasonable, although living costs in NYC can be expensive.
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville: One of the best Latin programmes in the US; has a specialised Latin institute.
  • Yale University offers 10 week courses in Greek and Latin covering 1 year of language. Please note that these courses are reserved for Yale students, but please let us know of your interest and we can inquire about the possibility with YSS or suggest alternate programmes.

Other Programmes in Greece

Please also note the following summer programmes in Greece with Yale faculty involvement, which are of interest to students of political science, history, the humanities and social policy.

Please contact Associate Professor Mira Seo ( if you have any questions about the programmes listed above or about the study of Greek.

Have Questions?
Leong Wai Yee
Programme Manager, International Programmes

Contact with questions about study abroad programmes.