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Designated (non-Yale) Programs: Year or Term Abroad & Summer Abroad

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How to Apply

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Year or Term Abroad

To be eligible for the Year or Term Abroad program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a second semester sophomore or a first or second semester junior at time of enrollment abroad
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be in academic good standing
  • Not be on disciplinary probation at time of enrollment abroad; when reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration
  • Meet language requirement:
Language/Country Requirement
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.

Summer Abroad

To be eligible for Summer Abroad Credit for Designated (non-Yale) Programs, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in academic good standing
  • Not already transferred in the maximum of two outside credits for courses taken during the summer or on a leave of absence
  • Not be on disciplinary probation at time of enrollment abroad; when reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration
  • Meet language requirement set by the designated (non-Yale) program

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.

Application Process

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.

  • Submit an application directly to the Study Abroad Office to be eligible to receive general Yale credit for coursework completed abroad, by the appropriate deadline. Late applications for study abroad credit cannot be accepted. Applications are linked below. 
  • Apply directly to the program or university you hope to attend for admission. Program application deadlines may be earlier or later than Yale’s application deadline. Access the programs' applications directly from their websites.
  • You do not need to have already been admitted to your program when you apply for Yale credit.

Yale Applications for Credit

Applying to Balliol College or Universita Bocconi

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.

Designated (non-Yale) Program Approval Forms

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:

  • Email your study abroad adviser the online form (if available), with your portion completely filled out. We will email you when it is ready to pick up.
  • Drop the paper form off at our office, with your portion completely filled out. We will email you when it is ready to pick up.
  • Schedule an appointment to meet with an adviser and we will complete the form during our meeting.

Petitions for Programs Not on Yale's Designated List

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:

1.  Schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser

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.

2.  Receive confirmation that the program is eligible for petition review

Please do not complete the steps below until you have met with a study abroad adviser and have received this confirmation.

3.  Request support from a Yale faculty member

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.

4.  Request review of any language courses from the relevant department

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.

5.  Submit the petition by the appropriate deadline

The Study Abroad Committee will consider the following when reviewing a petition:

  • Relevance of the program to the your academic plan at Yale and to your study abroad goals
  • Program location: see the Yale University International Travel Policy for Yale College Students​ 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
  • Yale’s Foreign Language Requirement
  • Whether or not you have Yale faculty support

You must submit all application materials by the relevant deadline.