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International Experiences

Your Education Goes Global

Yale wants you to go away. Far away. In fact, Yale is committed to having you study, research, or work abroad as part of your college experience. To quote President Richard Levin (1993-2013) when he announced this goal in 2003: "We believe that being an educational leader in this century requires our students to experience other countries as well as study them."

Study Abroad

If you are interested in spending a summer, a semester, or a year at a university overseas, we can help you discover the perfect program. The Center for International and Professional Experience offers an exciting array of study-abroad opportunities. You can study British history or literature with Yale-in-London, or immerse yourself in a new culture and language, accompanied by Yale faculty (Yale Summer Session Study Abroad.) If you would like to learn Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, consider applying for one of Yale’s Light Fellowships.

You can also study abroad with a non-Yale program for a summer, semester, or academic year while earning full Yale credit and transferring your financial aid. Check out a complete list of options at Study Abroad and Yale Year or Term Abroad programs.

Want to hear what Yale students who participated in Yale Summer Session Study Abroad have to say about their experiences? Surf the Yale Summer Session Alumni Ambassador Program website for candid comments.

Want to see the world through their eyes? Here are some of the breathtaking photos taken by Yale students during their travels.

Announcing Yale-NUS College in Singapore

A collaboration between Yale and the National University of Singapore (NUS) will create the first liberal arts college in Singapore. The aim of Yale-NUS College is to educate future leaders and engaged citizens through a new model of undergraduate education that draws on American liberal arts traditions but re-situates and re-imagines the curriculum and collegiate experience in an Asian context. The first class of students enrolled in the fall of 2013. Applicants to Yale may also simultaneously apply to Yale-NUS by checking a box on their application to Yale.

Summer Internships Abroad

The International Bulldogs internship program provides students with the rich, rewarding experience of working and living for eight or nine weeks of the summer in London, Beijing, Athens, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Kampala, Istanbul, and other cities around the world. Yale’s Undergraduate Career Services office coordinates the program and has helped secure internships in a variety of professional areas, including the arts, politics, health, technology, community advocacy, think tanks, finance, journalism, and law. Learn more

Research Abroad

The international research opportunities for Yale undergraduates are extensive. Many Yale students spend the summer between their junior and senior years overseas doing independent study, directed research, or lab work for a senior essay or thesis. You can learn more about the generous research funding that is available by checking out Yale’s Student Grants and Fellowships Database, the Office of Fellowship Programs, and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

Community Service Abroad

If these interesting choices don't tempt you to leave campus, consider our international service-oriented offerings. Take a look at Reach Out, Yale Engineers Without Borders, and Yale AIESEC.

Funding to Help You See the World

Worried about how you will be able to afford an international experience? The International Summer Award (ISA) provides funding for one summer abroad for every undergraduate who receives financial aid from Yale. ISA funding can help you with a variety of summer experiences, including Yale Summer Session Study Abroad, International Bulldogs Internships, and non-Yale summer study abroad programs.

The World Comes to Yale

Over 3900 international students and scholars from more than 110 countries call Yale University their home-away-from-home. If you are an international student, the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is here to assist you with any problems and questions you may have.

Yale and the World

View a 6.5 minute video about Yale in any of eight languages or read a description of Yale in twelve different tongues. Watch. Learn more

66%

study abroad during the semester or during spring and/or summer break

76%

participate in international study, research, and/or internships

Yalies Abroad
2011–2012

Africa
80
Asia
337
Australasia
10
Europe
692
Latin America
151
Middle East
36
Multiple regions
23
North America
6
Total
1335

$6,000,000

funding for international activities in the most recent academic year

 

Center for International Experiences Photo Contest Winners Grid

Each year, the Yale Center for International Experience hosts a photo contest. Students enter photos that they took while traveling abroad. The photographs above are previous contest winners and honorable mentions. For more pictures, captions, and photo credits, visit the CIE Photo Contest Winners page.