Eli Whitney Students Program - Information for International Students

International students generally must have F-1 student status to enter the Eli Whitney Students Program, and must register as full-time students during their entire tenure at Yale. To count as a full-time student you must take a minimum of three courses each semester. You will not be able to enroll with only tourist status (B1/B2 or visa waiver).

All international students who gain admission to Yale must consult with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). You can reach OISS by telephone at 203.432.2305 or by email at oiss@yale.edu. OISS issues the I-20 form that international students need to obtain an F-1 visa. 

International candidates for the Eli Whitney Students Program must have the proper examining agencies send official copies of any external examination results (such as GCSEs or O-level equivalents, A-levels, and IBs) directly to the Yale College admissions office. We will also accept copies of test results that your secondary school sends.

Please be sure that official translations accompany any documents that are not written in English.

Testing for Non-Native English Speakers

Students at Yale must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English and to express themselves easily in both spoken and written English. As part of the assessment of a candidate’s competence in English, Yale strongly recommends the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for any applicant whose first language is not English and who has not received at least two years of his or her secondary education in an English-medium curriculum.