Application Process & Deadlines
Applying for admission and credit for non-Yale Programs is a simultaneous two-step process:
- Application for Admission into Program/University: You must apply directly to the university or program abroad you would like to attend. You can access the programs' applications directly from their websites. It is your responsibility to ensure all application materials are submitted to your desired program by the relevant deadline.
Program Approval Forms: Many non-Yale study abroad program applications include a Program Approval Form. This form should be completed by the Yale study abroad office. You can:
- Email your study abroad adviser the online form (if available)
- Drop the paper form off at our office and we will email you when it is ready to be picked up
- Schedule an appointment to meet with an adviser and we will complete the form during our meeting
Please note that there is a different application process for Yale programs or special affiliations. The Year or Term Abroad application does not need to be submitted for these programs. To access the applications for these programs, please click on the relevant link below:
Yale in London
Yale University-Balliol College, Oxford English Program
The Study Abroad Office will consider petitions for non-designated program approval on a case-by-case basis. Students who wish to petition for non-designated program approval must:
- Schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Adviser.
- You must meet with an adviser as early as possible. We strongly recommend that you schedule an appointment at least 3-4 weeks in advance of the application deadline.
- During this appointment, be prepared to discuss the program in detail, your academic and personal goals related to the program, and why you feel that this program is better suited academically than other programs in that region, or that have a similar focus. Please bring detailed program materials with you to this meeting.
Please do not complete the steps below until you have met with a Study Abroad Adviser and have received this confirmation.
As part of the petition process, you must provide a Letter of Support from a relevant Yale faculty member. We cannot accept letters of support from non-faculty.
- Schedule a meeting with a relevant faculty member to discuss the program. Be sure to schedule this meeting well in advance of the Year or Term Abroad Petition or Summer Abroad Petition deadline.
- The faculty member must be someone who is willing to review the curriculum and to make a recommendation as to whether or not this program should be eligible for Yale credit. It is recommended that this faculty member have previous experience or familiarity with the program.
- Bring detailed information about the program to your meeting. The faculty member should review the academic content of the program in light of your stated goals for your study abroad experience.
The Study Abroad Committee will consider the following when reviewing a petition:
- Relevance of the program to the student's academic plan at Yale and to her/his study abroad goals;
- Program location: see the Yale College Student Travel Policy for information about countries to which study abroad is currently restricted;
- Program length: summer programs must be a minimum of 4 weeks;
- Quality of the program's academics and student support services;
- Whether or not the program meets Yale’s Foreign Language Requirement (YTA, Summer);
- Whether or not the student has Yale faculty support to attend the program.
Special note about Cambridge and Oxford:
Students interested in these programs for the academic year are advised to apply early! We recommend you submit your program applications in January for both the following Year and Spring Term abroad. YTA Applications are due by the dates listed above.