Yale University

The International Room at Sterling Library.

The International Room at Sterling Library, Yale University

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Yale College offers undergraduate students a growing array of courses that address regional or global issues. The Yale College Center for International Experience ensures that every undergraduate has the opportunity and financial support to work, study, or conduct research abroad.

Study Abroad

Yale College students may study abroad during the academic year through the Peking University-Yale University Joint Undergraduate Program, the Yale in London Program, and through other programs, such as a program on development and social change in Cameroon (shown above). The program at Peking University allows Yale College students and an equal number of honor students from Peking University’s Yuanpei Honors College to live and study together in Beijing.


Summer Courses

Students can attend Yale summer courses in locations around the world. Recent offerings have included “Arts and Public Health in Action: Study of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland and South Africa,” “South East Asia in Context,” which includes field trips to historic temples, and “Introduction to Observational Astrophysics,” which is taught in Chile using the Cerro Tololo Observatory.


Bulldogs Internships

Work internships are a key component of the Yale College overseas experience. The Bulldogs International Internship Program offers opportunities organized with alumni help in sixteen countries. Students work for eight to ten weeks during the summer in government offces, businesses, NGOs (pictured here), and cultural institutions. Students also participate in a set of extracurricular activities such as Yale Club receptions, special tours, and lectures.


Research and Independent Projects

Approximately 300 students pursue field and laboratory research and independent projects abroad each year. For these projects, students prepare detailed proposals that are evaluated by the faculty review committees that make funding decisions. Funding opportunities are listed in the Student Grants Database.

Courses at Yale

Yale College students may select from a diverse array of over 750 courses with international content that are offered by faculty in nearly every department.

A sampling of recent courses is listed here.

  • African Poverty and Western Aid
  • Ancient Civilizations of the Andes
  • Archeology of Buddhism
  • Bejing and China, 900-2006
  • Culture, Power, Oil
  • Debating Globalization
  • Egyptian Religion Through the Ages
  • The Emergence and Divergence of Britain
  • French and Francophone Cultural History
  • Globalization in the Middle East
  • Grand Strategy and the Origins of the Second World War
  • International Human Rights
  • International Trade Theory and Policy
  • Language and Ethnicity in South Africa
  • Law and Politics of Globalization
  • Material Life in Contemporary China
  • Milan Kundera: The Czech Novelist
  • Modern Arab thought
  • Nigeria and Its Diaspora
  • Paris and Modernity
  • People and Cultures of Latin America
  • Polish Communist and Post-communism in Film
  • Political Islam and North Africa
  • Popular Religion in India
  • Postcolonial South Asia, 1947 to the Present
  • Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory
  • Shugendo and Japanese Sacred Space
  • War, Literature, and Politics in the Italian Renaissance
  • Wealth and Poverty in Modern China
  • Welfare Economics, Social Choice, and Political Philosophy
  • Women's Health: Global Issues
  • Youth and Social Change in South Africa

Language Study

Every undergraduate at Yale is required to study a foreign language during his or her career at Yale regardless of his or her level of proficiency upon admission. The Center for Language Study is the locus of coordination and resources for the fifty different languages (some of which are listed here) that are taught regularly at Yale.

Since the inception of the Directed Independent Language Study program in 2001, the Center, in partnership with the MacMillan Center, has also offered non-credit study in an additional forty-five less-frequently studied languages such as Dinka, Haitian Creole, Tagalog, and Uighur.

  • Afrikaans
  • Akkadian
  • Amharic
  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Aramaic
  • Chinese
  • Coptic
  • Czech
  • Egyptian
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Hittite
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kikuyu
  • Kiswahili
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Modern Greek
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Nahuatl
  • Old English
  • Old Norse
  • Pali
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Sanskrit
  • Serbian/Croatian
  • Sesotho
  • Shona
  • Spanish
  • Sumerian
  • Syriac
  • Tamil
  • Tigrinya
  • Turkish
  • Twi
  • Ugaritic
  • Vietnamese
  • Yiddish
  • Yoruba
  • Zulu
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