Applying to Yale as an International Student

International students follow essentially the same procedure and have the same application requirements as all other students.

For a list of these requirements and instructions visit Application Instructions & Components. Since some of these requirements may be unfamiliar to international students, additional information is provided here.

There are three ways to apply to Yale for freshman admission. Select the option that is right for you. 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 an official English translation in addition to the original documents.

Additional Information

$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.

Two Teacher Recommendations

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.

Recommendations should be submitted electronically through the Common Application or Coalition Application website. For QuestBridge Finalists, recommendations and transcripts are automatically forwarded to Yale with the QuestBridge National College Match Application. If necessary, teachers may also submit their recommendations via mail or fax. Recommendations may be sent before or after you submit your application; materials that arrive before your application will be kept on file. The admissions office understands that it may not be possible in some cases for teachers and counselors to meet the application deadlines. We will make reasonable allowances for late school documents.

Counselor Recommendation and School Report (including transcript)

Your application must include a letter of recommendation from a counselor and a complete School Report with transcript. The School Report should include all grades you have received and predicted grades if applicable. 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 recommendation and School Report. If you do not have a GPA or class rank, leave that space blank.

A counselor recommendation and complete secondary school transcript should be submitted electronically through the Common Application or Coalition Application website. For QuestBridge Finalists, recommendations and transcripts are automatically forwarded with the QuestBridge National College Match Application. If necessary, counselors and/or other school officials may submit recommendations and transcripts via mail or fax. Recommendations and transcripts may be sent before or after you submit your application; materials that arrive before your application will be kept on file. The admissions office understands that it may not be possible in some cases for teachers and counselors to meet the application deadlines. We will make reasonable allowances for late school documents.

Standardized Testing Requirements: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo English Test 

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.

It is important to register for tests with the same name and same format that you use on your application. The Admissions Office will not link your record to your test scores if the names do not match. 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. When reporting scores to Yale, please use Yale’s CEEB code: 3987 for College Board tests (SAT and SAT Subject Tests) or Yale’s ACT code: 0618.    

For more information on taking the tests and finding testing centers, please consult the appropriate websites for the College Board (SAT) and ACT

Testing for Non-Native English Speakers:

Students at Yale must be able to express themselves fluently in spoken and written English.  If you are not a native English-speaker and you have not taken at least two years of secondary education where English is the medium of instruction, Yale strongly recommends that you take any one of the proficiency tests listed below.

TOEFL

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), is offered in several formats and requires pre-registration for available testing dates. Yale’s most competitive applicants will have TOEFL scores of at least the following:

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

Please note that results from the November test (for Single-Choice Early Action) or the January test (for Regular Decision) may not arrive in time for the committee’s consideration. Be sure to include Yale’s CEEB code (3987) on all test registrations.

IELTS and Pearson Test of English

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) offer proficiency tests in locations around the world. Pre-registration is required. Yale’s most competitive applicants will have IELTS scores of 7 or higher and Pearson Test scores of 70 or higher.

Duolingo English Test

Applicants may also submit the Duolingo English Test, which combines an English proficiency test with a brief video interview. Duolingo’s technology and format allows applicants to complete the test at any time or place, as long as they have Web access. The interview portion of this test is not scored, but Yale’s most competitive applicants will have scores above 75 in the multiple-choice answer portion of the test.

Mid-Year Report

Yale only requires applicants to submit the Mid-Year Report if they receive new grades in the middle of the school year (by February 1).  If you do not receive new grades by February 1, or if you have completed secondary school by February 1, you do not need to submit the Mid-Year Report. Many international students do not need to send this form.

Final Report

Only admitted students are required to submit the Final Report, which provides final secondary school grades and examination marks. Admitted students submit the Final Report in the summer before fall matriculation.

Application Acknowledgment, Yale Admissions Status Portal, Checklist, and Admissions Decisions

  • Beginning in mid-October, a student who has submitted an application will receive a confirmation email that includes a PIN and instructions for activating a Yale Admissions Status Portal account. If you do not receive a confirmation email within two weeks after submitting your application, please check your junk mail folder in case the email has been filtered by mistake. To prevent this add donotreply@yale.edu to your address book or contact list.
  • Applicants should use the Yale Admissions Status Portal throughout the admissions cycle to check for the receipt of required application materials.
  • Applicants will use the Yale Admissions Status Portal to view an admissions decision online when it becomes available.
  • Applicants should use one email address throughout the application cycle. If your email address changes, use the Yale Admissions Status Portal to notify the Admissions Office of changes. 

Interviews

Yale encourages applicants to have a conversation with a Yale interviewer if possible, but an interview is not a required part of the application process. Interviews are conducted by volunteer members of the Yale Alumni Schools Committees (ASC), which are based in many locations throughout the world.

Where possible, applicants will be contacted by a volunteer after submitting an application. The Alumni Schools Committee member will ordinarily arrange to meet the applicant at a mutually convenient location, such as your school, a library, or a coffee shop. In some instances, where meeting in person is not convenient, an applicant may be invited to have an online “virtual” interview.

There are some regions without available alumni volunteers or have fewer volunteers than can accommodate all of the applicants. If it is not possible to arrange an interview there will be no negative effect on your chances of admission. In such cases, you may wish to take advantage of technologies that provide opportunities for you to “speak” to the admissions committee through Web-based programs, such as InitialView.

InitialView provides live, unscripted video interviews that applicants may submit to colleges for consideration along with other application materials. Interview times must be reserved in advance. InitialView interviews are not scored. The Duolingo English Test(detailed in the Standardized Testing section above), includes a brief spoken component, but is designed to gauge English language proficiency.

You may read more about interviews, including information about on-campus conversations with Yale undergraduate students, at Interviews for Freshman Applicants.

Financial Aid for International Students

Yale offers need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid to all applicants, international and domestic. Yale admits undergraduate students without regard to their ability to pay, and provides need-based financial aid awards to all admitted students on the basis of individual needs assessments. Financial aid awards for international students are created using a needs analysis that takes into account the relative differences between the US economy and the economy of students’ home countries.

Additional information and financial aid application instructions are available via Yale Student Financial Services.

Mailing and Fax Instructions

Applicants should submit all admissions documents online. If you must mail or fax a document, please write “Early Action” or “Regular Decision” on the envelope or cover sheet to speed the filing process.

For materials sent via the U.S. Postal Service, use this address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Yale University
P.O. Box 208234
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8234

For materials sent via FedEX, UPS, TNT, DHL, or other private delivery services, please use this street address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Yale University
38 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

The fax number for application materials is (203) 436-9775.

Please use your full legal name on all admissions documents, including teacher recommendations, the school report, standardized test results, supplementary materials, etc.

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.

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