You can apply to earn general Yale credit for classes taken at one or more of the 200+ designated (non-Yale) programs. You will also need to apply directly to these programs for admission. Before applying, be sure to check all eligibility requirements and deadlines.
In addition to meeting Yale's Year or Term Abroad and Summer Abroad eligibility requirements below, please ensure you meet any additional requirements identified by your designated (non-Yale) study abroad program.
To be eligible for the Year or Term Abroad program, you must meet the following requirements:
|French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Russian||You must complete at least the L4 level of host language prior to studying abroad and conduct all coursework abroad in the host language. Some study abroad programs require you to have completed L5 or higher - check directly with the program.|
|Chinese, Japanese or Korean||You must complete at least the L2 level of host language prior to studying abroad. Some study abroad programs require you to have completed L3 or higher - check directly with the program. You must take the host country language as one of your courses while abroad, or at least one content course taught in the host language.|
|All other countries||You must take the host country language as one of your courses (e.g. Danish in Denmark, Czech in the Czech Republic) and meet the language requirement set by the designated (non-Yale) program you hope to attend.|
To be eligible for Summer Abroad Credit for Designated (non-Yale) Programs, you must meet the following requirements:
Note: If you hope to use language courses abroad to fulfill your language distributional requirement, be sure to review the credit transfer policy in the Get Credit section.
Applying for admission and general Yale credit for designated (non-Yale) study abroad programs is a simultaneous process. It is your responsibility to ensure all application materials are submitted to the Study Abroad Office, and your desired program or university, by the relevant deadlines.
There is a different application process for two programs with affiliations to Yale. The Year or Term Abroad application does not need to be submitted for these programs. To access the applications and eligibility requirements for these programs, click on the relevant link below.
Many designated (non-Yale) study abroad program applications include an approval or nomination form. This form should be completed by the Yale Study Abroad Office. You can:
The Study Abroad Committee will consider petitions for a program not on Yale's designated list on a case-by-case basis. Students who wish to petition for a program must:
You must meet with an adviser as early as possible. For your petition request to be considered, 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, a Yale faculty member must submit a Faculty Support Form. We cannot accept forms from graduate students or teaching assistants. Be sure to schedule a meeting with the faculty member to discuss the program well in advance of the Year or Term Abroad Petition or Summer Abroad Petition deadline. Bring detailed information about the program to your meeting and be prepared to discuss your academic and personal goals. If the faculty member agrees to support your petition, you will send them an online form to complete as part of your petition process.
If you plan to take a language course on the program, the DUS of the relevant language department must review the course. After review, ask that they email your study abroad adviser a confirmation that the course is eligible for general credit transfer. If you are hoping to use a language course abroad to fulfill a distributional requirement, please review the information on Fulfilling Distributional Requirements Abroad.
The Study Abroad Committee will consider the following when reviewing a petition: