Summer Study Abroad

Yale Summer Session

Yale Summer Session (YSS) offers courses in a wide range of subjects, from Economics to Global Health to History of Art. Courses are offered both in New Haven and abroad, and allow students to earn academic credit while exploring a subject of interest. Students who choose to take courses in New Haven live in residence halls and experience campus life at Yale. Courses abroad offer students the chance to immerse themselves in the subject matter of their course as well as the culture of their host country.

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

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 beginning of July 2018.

Courses Abroad

YSS includes a wide range of exciting courses around the world. The course listings for Summer 2018 will be released in December 2017. The list of courses below are from Summer 2017 and will be updated once the 2018 courses have been announced.

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 particularly difficult to get spots in the language programmes, as well as some other 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).

Courses Taught in English (Some courses have very limited enrollment. Be sure to list a second option on your application.)

Dubrovnik, Croatia – History & Culture of Southeastern Europe
Prague, Czech Republic – Cinematic Storytelling in Prague
Prague, Czech Republic – In Kafka’s Spirit: Film & Fiction
Auvillar, France – Travel Writing
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
Siena, Italy – The Florentine Renaissance

Language Programmes (Limited enrollment. In the past it has been very difficult to get spots in language programmes. Pre-requisite training required in all programmes except Elementary French and Elementary Italian.)

Paris, France – Elementary and Intermediate French I & II
Paris, France – Intermediate and Advanced French I & II
Paris, France – Advanced Language Practice
Paris, France – Advanced Culture and Conversation
Berlin, Germany – Intermediate German I & II
Siena, Italy – Elementary Italian I & II + Culture
Siena, Italy – Intermediate Italian I & II + Culture
St. Petersburg, Russia – Second-Year Russian I & II + Culture
St. Petersburg, Russia – Third-Year Russian I & II + Culture
St. Petersburg, Russia – Fourth-Year Russian I + Culture
Bilbao, Spain – Intermediate Spanish I & II + Culture
Valencia, Spain – Language, Culture, and Society of Spain
Paraty & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Elementary Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers I & II + Culture
Rabat, Morocco – Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I & II
Arusha, Tanzania – Intermediate Kiswahili I & II
Arusha, Tanzania – Advanced Kiswahili

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Full-time enrolled Yale-NUS students in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to apply for YSS through Yale-NUS CIPE. 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


CIPE will cover:

  • YSS tuition
  • 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

Need-based financial assistance will be available.

*Cost of room and board at YSS New Haven can be found here.  Cost of room and board for YSS Abroad varies by programme.  The pricing for Summer 2018 will be available in late January 2018, 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. E.g. upon successful completion of FILM S191/JAPN S275: Japanese Cinema and Culture, which awards 2 Yale credits, Yale-NUS students will receive 10 MCs on their Yale-NUS record. 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/Late Dec 2017: Applications available from CIPE
      • Feb 1: Application deadline (5:00 pm)
      • Early – mid Feb: Committee meets to select recipients; finalists may be interviewed
      • 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 beginning of July
      • Aug 13, 2018: First day of classes at Yale-NUS


The application will be available in mid/late December 2017.

If you have questions unanswered above, feel free to email Beth Uding at

Have Questions?
Beth Uding
Programme Manager, International Programmes

Contact with questions about study abroad programmes.