Summer Study Abroad

Yale Summer Session in New Haven

About the Programme

Yale Summer Session (YSS) in New Haven offers courses in a wide range of subjects (see link to course listings below). Students earn academic credit while exploring a subject of interest that they may not be able to study at Yale-NUS or NUS (or on the Yale-NUS Summer Institute in Global Strategy and Leadership). During the program, students live in residence halls and experience campus life at Yale.

Yale-NUS students are not eligible to enrol in online courses.

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

Courses in New Haven

Courses are available in a range of subjects. Yale-NUS students may only take courses during Session A, which runs from end of May through end of June 2020. Students will select two modules to take in Session A.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Yale Summer Session in New Haven 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

Important: Priority will be given to applicants expressing interest in courses that are in disciplines different from the Yale-NUS Summer Institute in Global Strategy and Leadership.

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CIPE will cover:

  • YSS tuition
  • mandatory health insurance

The student will be expected to cover:

  • room and board*
  • airfare
  • $160 (USD) visa application fee + $350 (USD) SEVIS fee (if required) and any other personal expenses

Need-based financial assistance will be available.

*Cost of room and board at YSS New Haven can be found here.


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 August: 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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