Applying to Yale as an International Student

International students follow essentially the same procedure and have the same application requirements as all other students applying to Yale. For a list of these requirements and instructions visit Application Instructions & Components. Since some of these requirements may be unfamiliar to you, additional information is provided here. Click on an item in the list below to read more about that topic.

Yale will accept any one of these applications, without preference for one over another. Students should submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle. Click on the links below to learn more about each type of application.

All applicants for freshman admission must submit one of the following:

See the information below regarding the additional requirements for all freshman applicants.

Additional requirements for all freshman applicants:

Please note that if your application materials include any documents that are not in English, you must provide us with an official English translation in addition to the original documents.

$80 Application Fee or Fee Waiver

Applicants should pay the $80 application fee via the Common Application or Coalition Application website. The QuestBridge National College Match Application is free, but note that only students named QuestBridge Finalists may apply to Yale with the QuestBridge National College Match Application.

Applicants using the Common Application or Coalition Application may request that the application fee be waived. Qualifications for a fee waiver are as follows:

  • You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
  • You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
  • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in a federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or are homeless.
  • You are a ward of the state or an orphan.
  • You can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.

If you feel that your college application and financial aid application fees present a severe hardship for your family, but you are not sure if you meet the qualifications as outlined above, please consider the final bullet point carefully. If there is an adult in your community who could attest to your family’s economic situation, please do not hesitate to request a fee waiver. You will not need to submit supporting documentation unless specifically asked to do so. More information about the guidelines Yale uses to determine eligibility for fee waivers is on the Fee Waiver page. The fee waiver qualification scale is based on family size and income in US dollars, but is applicable to all international students as well as US residents.

Secondary School Report Including Transcript and Counselor Recommendation

All international applicants must submit a complete Secondary School Report. That form gives Yale vital information about your studies and academic performance over the past four years. The form should include all grades you have received as well as predicted grades if applicable. Part of the form must be filled out by your secondary school counselor. If you do not have a counselor, you may ask a tutor, house master, principal, academic advisor, or other comparable school official to complete the form and recommendation.

GPA and School Rank

The Common Application Secondary School Report form has designated spaces for your GPA (Grade Point Average) and class rank. If you do not have a GPA or a rank, leave that space blank. You may report your GPA on any scale (4.0, 5.0, 12.0, 18.0, 100, etc.)

Mid-Year Report

Yale only requires applicants to submit this form if they receive new grades in the middle of the school year (by February 1). If you have already finished high school, you do not need to submit this form. If you do not receive new grades by February 1, you do not need to submit this form. Many international students do not need to send this form.

Final Report

Yale only requires this form from students it admits. The form provides us with your final school grades and examination marks when you finish high school.

Teacher Evaluations

Your application must include recommendations from two of your teachers. Your recommendations should come from recent teachers in academic subjects. As with all documents, if the teacher evaluations are not written in English, you must provide us with an official English translation.

Standardized Testing Requirements: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE

All applicants for freshman admission should submit either the SAT or the ACT with Writing. For SATs taken in March 2016 or later, the additional essay is required. Applicants to the Yale Classes of 2021 and 2022 may submit either the old or the new SAT. More information on Yale’s test policies, including Score-Choice and recommended tests, is available on the Standardized Testing page. Standardized tests are just one component of a student’s application and are viewed within the context of the student’s entire file. There is no minimum score required for admission, nor is there a score that will guarantee admission. The middle 50% of test scores (the 25th to the 75th percentiles) for enrolled freshman are as follows:

  • SAT-Verbal: 720-800 (Old SAT)
  • SAT-Math: 710-800 (Old SAT)
  • SAT-Writing: 710-790 (Old SAT)
  • ACT Composite: 32-35

Only students whose home country of schooling (for example, mainland China) do not have an SAT or ACT testing center are exempt from these testing requirements, but must take either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE instead. No other substitutions are acceptable.

SAT Subject Tests are not required for admission, but are recommended.

For more information on how to take the tests and to find testing centers, you may find the following websites helpful:

  • College Board: For information on the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.
  • ACT: For information on the ACT test.

It is important for all students — and particularly important for international students — to register for tests with the same name and same format that you use on your application. Our system will not link your record to your test scores if the names do not match. When reporting scores to Yale, please use Yale’s CEEB code: 3987 for College Board tests (SAT Reasoning Test and SAT Subject Tests) or Yale’s ACT code: 0618 (for the ACT Plus Writing).    

Testing for Non-Native English Speakers:

Students at Yale must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken and written American English.  If you are not a native English speaker and you haven’t received at least two years of secondary education in an English-medium curriculum, Yale strongly recommends that you take any one of the following tests for non-native English speakers.


The following minimum scores are required:

  • 100 on the internet-based TOEFL
  • 600 on the paper-based TOEFL
  • 250 on the computer-based TOEFL

Please note that testing done in November (for Single-Choice Early Action) and January (for Regular Decision) may not arrive in time for the committee’s consideration. Be sure to include Yale’s CEEB code (No. 3987) on all test registrations.


​You may submit the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum acceptable score is 7.

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

You may submit the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum acceptable score is 70.


Alumni interviews are conducted by the Yale Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) wherever there is a local association.  Interviews are an optional part of the application process at Yale.

If you live in a country with an active ASC, you may be contacted by a member of the committee for an interview once Yale have received and processed your application. Although alumni interviews are offered when possible, ASC volunteers are unable to interview every applicant.  There are some countries without an active ASC and in a few countries the volume of applications is such that our active ASCs are unable to interview the majority of applicants.

If you do not receive an interview offer, do not worry. It will not hurt your chances for admission and you should not take it as a signal regarding the status of your application. If you are contacted for an interview, you are encouraged to accept the opportunity to meet. More

Supplementary Materials

Please do not feel any pressure to submit supplementary materials. In fact, you should think carefully before submitting supplementary materials with your Yale College application. Most successful applicants submit only the required application item. There are cases in which too many submissions, or submissions that do not reflect a high level of talent, can actually work against a candidate. Because the admissions committee gives greatest weight to the documents required of all applicants, please focus your energy on those elements of the application.

Supplementary submissions may make sense for students with substantial and well-developed talent that cannot adequately be conveyed in the rest of the application. Due to the large number of applications that Yale cannot evaluate all supplementary materials. Admissions officers and faculty members will be selective in choosing which submissions to review. The Admissions Committee has considered audio recordings, musical scores, art samples, writing samples, scientific research papers, and links to personal websites. Yale does not encourage additional letters of recommendation, resumes, or personal essays; these are less likely to shed a helpful light on your application. More

Special Note to International Students Intending to Study Medicine

It is extremely difficult for international applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States to gain admission to U.S. medical schools. State-supported medical schools rarely consider international applicants for admission, and those private schools that do accept applications generally require that international students place in escrow an amount ranging from one to four years’ tuition and fees (USD 40,000–200,000). There are very few scholarships available for medical schools in the U.S., and to qualify for U.S. government-sponsored loans, the applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident. International applicants who are considering a career as a medical doctor and hope to receive their education at an American medical school should think carefully before applying for admission to an undergraduate program in the United States.

Financial Aid for International Students

Yale’s financial aid policies for foreign citizens are similar to those for U.S. citizens: need-blind admissions and need-based aid. “Need-blind” means that Yale College admits students on the basis of academic and personal promise, without regard to their ability to pay. “Need-based” means that financial aid packages are based on individual needs assessments, not based on merit (academic, athletic or otherwise). International students are evaluated using a needs analysis that takes into account the relative differences between the US economy and the economy of students’ home countries.

You can find international financial aid forms on the Financial Aid website. If you have any questions or if your family has special circumstances or expenses, please contact Student Financial Services.

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