Summer Study Abroad

Yale-NUS Summer Institute in Global Strategy and Leadership

About the Programme

The Yale-NUS Summer Institute in Global Strategy and Leadership is an intensive introduction to major global issues impacting our world today. Modeled on the famous Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University, which has been described as “thinking in big ways about global politics and social change and using the tools of history and the humanities to do that,” the course will use the Grand Strategy framework as it conducts a deep dive into several of the world’s most pressing problems: the environment, public health, global trade, demographic shifts and migration. In addition to these content areas, each module will also focus on the development of a different skill set: writing, negotiation, game theory and decision making, etc.

Guest lecturers from across the various schools at Yale University and beyond will bring their insights and perspectives to these issues. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from and network with leaders in various fields through formal dinners and other events. In addition to ongoing assignments, students will deploy what they have learned by preparing and participating in a two-day simulation at the end of the course.

Students will experience Yale campus life in New Haven—living in residential colleges, eating in the dining halls, and building connections with faculty from the various schools at Yale University.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The Summer Institute is open to students from all academic disciplines and majors. Priority will be given to first and second year students, however, third year students (and fourth year DDP students) are also welcome to apply. Applicants should be in good academic and disciplinary standing. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following in a 300-word essay:

  • How and why study in the chosen programme fits into their academic, professional or personal development
  • 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

There are 40 spots available in the Summer Institute for 2019.

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CIPE will cover:

  • course-related fees
  • mandatory health insurance

The student will be expected to cover:

  • room and board*
  • airfare
  • $160 (USD) visa application fee + $200 (USD) SEVIS fee (if required) and any other personal expenses

*Cost of room and board at Yale will be the same as Yale Summer Session in New Haven Session A (five weeks). Yale’s Residential Program Fee of $3,435 (USD) includes room, meals and student activities (rates subject to change).


Students will receive 10 MCs for the five-week course. Credit for this programme will be issued by Yale-NUS College. This means that students will not have to transfer credit back, and that the grade earned will count toward students’ CAPs.

Timeline and Process

      • Mid Jan: Online application will open on this web page
      • 1 Feb: Application deadline (5pm)
      • Early – mid Feb: Committee meets to select recipients
      • Mid – late Feb: Applicants notified of decisions; recipients have a week to confirm decision to participate
      • Apr: Students selected are to attend all mandatory CIPE Summer Orientation sessions
      • Late May – end June: Summer Institute held in New Haven (five weeks in duration)
      • 12 Aug 2019: First day of classes at Yale-NUS College


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Graham Link
Executive, International Programmes

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