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International Freshman Applicants

“As Yale enters its fourth century, our goal is to become a truly global university — educating leaders and advancing the frontiers of knowledge not simply for the United States, but for the entire world.”

Richard C. Levin, Yale University, President 1993-2013

Yale is proud of the rich diversity of its student body and seeks to attract the best high school scholars from around the world.

  • International enrollment has doubled during the tenure of Yale President Richard C. Levin
  • International students comprise 10 percent of Yale College enrollment
  • Yale College students come from 86 countries around the world

International students follow essentially the same procedure and use the same application forms as all other students applying to Yale. We understand that some of the forms may be unfamiliar to international applicants. If you find that you need additional explanations about any of the forms, please review the following pages, including, Applying to Yale as a Freshman International Applicant. You may also find the information you need on the Application Instructions & Required Application Component page 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.

Yale is proud of its strong commitment to equality of opportunity. We extend our need-blind admissions policy to international students so the College will be accessible to all candidates from any part of the world who show great academic and personal promise, regardless of their financial situation. Yale’s financial aid policies for foreign citizens are exactly the same as those for U.S. citizens. Your application for financial aid will not affect the admissions committee's decisions and, if you are admitted, Yale will meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need with a combination of tuition grants and term-time employment. All students’ families are expected to contribute funds to the extent they can. You must make sure that these funds can be withdrawn from your family’s country. International financial aid forms are available on the Financial Aid website.

For testimonials of current International Students at Yale, view the video "Yale’s Community of Individuals:"

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Residential College Friends

While the residential college system provides a sense of community that, as one student noted, "made it easy for me to leave my family," the system places no limits on members. Students enjoy friendships and join activities both in and outside of their colleges.

Photograph by Michael Marsland/Yale University