Summer Study Abroad

Yale Summer Session Abroad

About the Programme

Yale Summer Session Abroad includes a wide range of exciting courses around the world. The programme offerings for Summer 2020 are listed below.

Important: Please understand that Yale students have priority for YSS Abroad courses and that some courses will fill up. In the past, it has been difficult to get into some of the more popular programmes abroad. Students interested in YSS Abroad will need to be flexible and prepared for the possibility that their top choices are not available. If a student is selected for YSS and their top choices are both full, Yale-NUS CIPE can discuss other options with the student (e.g. other YSS Abroad courses which still have openings or YSS New Haven).

Important: Note that YSS language courses/programmes are not eligible for Yale-NUS CIPE funding.

There are up to 15 spots total for YSS New Haven/Abroad in Summer 2020.

Summer 2020 Programme Offerings
Some courses have very limited enrollment. Be sure to list a second option on your application.

Changsha, China – Global Health in Comparative Context
Dubrovnik, Croatia – History & Culture of Southeastern Europe
Prague, Czech Republic – In Kafka’s Spirit: Film & Fiction
Prague, Czech Republic – Cinematic Storytelling in Prague
Auvillar, France – Writing About Place
Paris, France – Age of Cathedrals
Paris, France – Belle Époque France
Paris, France – Private Law and Contract Enforcement in the United States and France
Rome, Italy – Rome
Ifrane & Rabat, Morocco – Society and Politics of North Africa
Tokyo, Japan – Humanities in Tokyo
Johannesburg & Mbabane, Swaziland – Visual Approaches to Global Health

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Yale Summer Session Abroad 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
  • 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

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CIPE will cover:

  • YSS tuition
  • mandatory health insurance

The student will be expected to cover:

  • room and board*
  • airfare
  • visa-related fees

Need-based financial assistance will be available.

*Cost of room and board for YSS Abroad varies by programme.  The pricing for Summer 2020 will be available in late January 2020, but to help you estimate the cost of room and board in the meantime, a link to last summer’s budget is included on each individual programme page.


One Yale credit = 5 MCs. The maximum number of MCs that can be earned through summer studies, though, is capped at 10 MCs per summer. For information on whether and how YSS 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.

Timeline and Process

    • Mid January 2020: CIPE to open online application (link will appear on this 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 attend YSS
    • Apr: Students selected for YSS are to attend all mandatory CIPE Summer Orientation sessions
    • Late May – early Aug: Summer programmes in session; Session A runs from late May to end of June
    • 10 Aug 2020: First day of classes at Yale-NUS College


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