Yale University

The International Room at Sterling Library.

The International Room at Sterling Library, Yale University

Yale University Professional Schools

School of Architecture

Yale’s School of Architecture emphasizes a global perspective and encourages students to gain direct experience with contemporary and historical architecture.


Students in their final year have the opportunity to participate in an international trip as part of their Advanced Design Studio where they study a local design challenge and create solutions that are presented to and critiqued by leading practitioners. In a visit that illustrates this international exposure, Frank Gehry gives students a personal tour of his DZ Bank in Berlin.


The School of Architecture has a tradition of educating some of the world’s greatest architects. The works of graduates and faculty are found around the globe, including those shown above (from left to right):

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by Cesar Pelli (faculty 1977—84, dean 1982—84); Reichstag dome in Berlin, Germany, by Lord Norman Foster (M.Arch. 1962, D.F.A. 2003); and the Lippo Center in Hong Kong, China, by Paul Rudolph (faculty 1958—65).

School of Art

Students in the School of Art immerse themselves in the art traditions of diverse cultures and can hone their knowledge and techniques in classrooms, studios, and museums across the globe, while visiting artists from overseas come to Yale to offer exhibitions and master classes.


Opened in the fall of 2008, the School’s 32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery is a venue for showcasing contemporary art from around the world. The opening exhibit featured works reflecting life in modern India, including Mehndi Party, Devigarh (2004) by Ram Rahman (M.F.A. 1979).


Yale School of Art Dean Robert Storr served as director of the Venice Biennale in 2007. He was the first American invited to be curator of one of the world’s premier international art exhibitions. Here Dean Storr consults with Ellsworth Kelly (left) and Chéri Samba (center).


Education in the School of Art is focused in the studio where young artists discover their talents with the guidance and critique of experienced artists.

School of Drama

By its very nature, drama is a means of communicating that transcends international boundaries, and, accordingly, the Yale School of Drama emphasizes this global perspective. Its students routinely study and intern abroad, its professors teach overseas, and the school regularly presents international theatre and dance performances on campus.


Yale School of Drama professors teach in cultural centers throughout the world, from Italy to New Zealand and from Canada to Poland. Illustrated here is a workshop in southern France, “UnEarthing Archetypes in Shakespeare’s Text: An Intensive Investigation of Voice, Movement, and the Musicality of Text.”


No Boundaries, a series of global theatre and dance performances presented by the Yale Repertory Theatre and the World Performance Project at Yale, brings international performing artists to New Haven. Artists have come from the Czech Republic, Colombia, Kenya, Israel, the Netherlands, and Peru.


Yale’s acclaimed Theater magazine focuses on modern and contemporary theatre with an emphasis on what is new and experimental in theatres around the world. It has published articles on numerous international themes and trends, including an edition on the freedom that the fall of Communism brought to the theatres in Georgia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine.

School of Music

Yale’s most international school, with forty percent of its students coming from abroad, the Yale School of Music has reached across geographic boundaries to create international exchanges and collaborative programs around the world.


Collaborative projects have teamed Yale composition students with counterparts at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Yale Opera has been performing in the summer with the Orchestra Verdi in Milan, as seen above.


The School of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing co-presented “Musicathlon: The Conservatory Music Festival,” a two-week event preceding the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Eleven conservatories from around the world participated, offering concerts and recitals as well as lectures, workshops, and master classes. Simultaneously, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre. In a side-by-side collaboration, the Yale School of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” in Beijing’s new National Center for the Performing Arts.

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the oldest such school in the Western hemisphere, has evolved to perhaps the world’s finest training ground for tomorrow’s environmental leaders.


Yale professors conduct long-term research on forests and other natural resources, tackling critical environmental challenges, including climate change, tropical deforestation, green business practices, and alternative energy.


The School offers a range of training programs for national, state/provincial/municipal government offcials, as well as for business and nonprofit leaders on topics from forest preservation and water quality to urban growth and industrial ecology.


School of Forestry & Environmental Studies faculty joined other Yale colleagues to form the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, which focuses on interdisciplinary research to address issues of climate change and energy use, including work on biofuels, carbon finance, environment and business, and sustainable forestry.

Divinity School

Yale University was founded in 1701 to educate leaders for service in church and civil society. The Divinity School, which became a distinct school within the University in 1822, engages in theological discourse both as an educational institution and as a convener of leaders from faith communities from all over the world.


The Yale Center for Faith and Culture promotes the practice of faith in all spheres of life through theological research and leadership development. The Center brings to campus such leaders as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.


Divinity School activity in Africa includes student travel seminars to the continent, a library archives project, collaboration with African centers of theological studies, and a project (shown above) aimed at strengthening the ability of African churches to help shape values and influence institutions.


The Yale Institute of Sacred Music integrates the study and practice of religion with that of music and the arts. The Institute houses six concert and liturgical choirs: Yale Camerata, Schola Cantorum (shown in concert in Sarajevo), Recital Chorus, Repertory Chorus, Marquand Choir, and Marquand Gospel Choir.

Law School

A focus on internationalization is found at the Law School in individual courses, as well as in centers and projects that are concerned with international topics. These include the China Law Center, Middle East Legal Studies Seminar, SELA (Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política), and the Linkage Program in South America. The Law School’s graduate program continues to be a training ground for professors and deans at law schools around the world, and its graduates hold appointments in more than thirty countries.


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (center) and Yale’s China Law Center Director Paul Gewirtz (left) meet with Chinese Minister Yang Jingyu in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing following a workshop conducted by the Center.


The Paskus-Danziger Rare Book Room contains many notable and rare legal volumes, exemplified by the Code Civil des Français (1804), also known as the Code Napoléon, which contains France’s civil code of laws.


The annual Global Constitutionalism Seminar convenes Supreme Court and Constitutional Court judges at Yale Law School. It has been heralded as one of the few opportunities for leading jurists and leading academic lawyers to discuss confidentially and freely the most important legal issues of the day. Aharon Barak, former President of the Supreme Court of Israel, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy were recent attendees.

School of Management

The Yale School of Management’s innovative curriculum teaches management in an integrated way—the way most managers must function every day to achieve success—rather than the traditional approach that focuses on separate, single-subject courses like finance or marketing.


A course on global social entrepreneurship provides insights and leadership training for students who want to run nonprofit organizations or for students who plan careers with corporations whose missions have strong social components. The course—shown visiting a market in India—touches all corners of the globe.


First-year MBA students travel abroad for an International Experience trip, which is a mandatory component of the Yale curriculum. Each of the trips is led by SOM faculty members, and students prepare for the trips by researching enterprises in their destination countries and hearing from experts on the region.


School of Management faculty members pursue a range of international research activities on topics in finance, accounting, investing, strategy, game theory, operations research, organizational behavior, marketing, leadership, and public management. The 1922 Chinese government bond shown above is from “Origins of Value: A Virtual Museum of Money and Finance,” a Web site developed by SOM faculty in collaboration with the Yale Library.

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Yale’s School of Engineering & Applied Science provides its students with a global perspective and an understanding of societal needs—the greatest drivers of technological innovation across the globe.


Student members of Engineers Without Borders volunteer their time and expertise in engineering projects that improve the environment, health, and communities in the developing world. In 2006, they completed their first international project by building a water collection system in El Rosario, Honduras. Other projects have followed, including one in Kikoo, Cameroon.


Yale Engineering professors are involved in collaborative research with their counterparts in universities and corporate research departments from Brazil to Germany and from Japan to France. Yale faculty and students collaborate with colleagues through such efforts as the Yale-Beida Joint Center for Microelectronics and Nanotechnology.

School of Medicine

The Yale School of Medicine is world renowned for biomedical research, education, and advanced health care. It prepares students to become physicians and medical researchers with international perspectives.


The School of Medicine has created international partnerships like the one with Makarere University and Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, where Yale physicians and their Ugandan counterparts work together to improve clinical care and educate each other. A mammography van was donated for use in Uganda through the efforts of a Yale oncologist.


A multidisciplinary partnership formed with University College London in 2009 takes aim at a number of the most pressing health challenges of the twenty- first century, combining the resources of two global universities. In cardiology, physician-scientists on both sides of the Atlantic rely on advanced imaging in their joint research.


The Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program sends residents and attending physicians to gain experience in overseas hospitals in Eritrea, Liberia, South Africa, Uganda, Honduras, and Indonesia. The Downs Fellowship supports student research and clinical rotations in low-resource nations on three continents.

School of Nursing

A global health perspective is an essential part of the Yale School of Nursing curriculum. A network of collaborative programs with schools and hospitals across the globe offers nursing students opportunities to study and work overseas, enabling them to gain international experience in their specialties and to work alongside their counterparts in settings that are often very different than what they experience in the United States.


Nursing faculty regularly travel overseas to help train nurses in areas such as HIV/AIDS education and the prevention of transmission of blood-borne pathogens. One such initiative is the train-the-trainers program in China, India, Russia, and Vietnam, which focuses on preventing blood-borne diseases.


The Center for International Nursing Scholarship and Education is the focal point of the School’s international activities. Collaborative programs offer students the chance to study nursing, participate in clinical research, and provide care at sites in South Africa, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.


In collaboration with the William J. Clinton Foundation, the Government of India, and the Indian Nursing Council, Yale Nursing faculty are developing a curriculum for the new, state-of-the-art Indian Institute for Advanced Nursing in Chennai, which will be the national hub for nursing training, research, and education on HIV/AIDS.

School of Public Health

The Yale School of Public Health sponsors a variety of collaborative partnerships to train policy makers, managers, clinicians, and other health care providers. Students working toward a master’s in public health can enroll in the Global Health Concentration to focus on conditions and diseases that afflict developing countries.


School of Public Health students routinely go abroad to conduct field research. Slogging through muddy, leech-infested waters in Assam, India, to reach health survey respondents exemplifies the nature of such work.


The School conducts a number of global executive training programs to strengthen high-level public health expertise in China, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (third from the left) stands with collaborators from Yale and the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative.


Studying vector-borne diseases in tropical countries is one of the areas where School of Public Health students can collaborate with faculty. In Dominica, they collect mosquito samples in a collaborative research project with that country’s health ministry.

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