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Petition for a Program not on Yale's Designated List: Year or Term Abroad

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Petition Process for Year or Term Abroad

The Study Abroad Committee will consider petitions for a program not on Yale's designated list on a case-by-case basis. To petition for a study abroad program not on the Designated List, you must follow these steps in order. Be sure to check the petition application deadline and plan your time accordingly.

Step 1: Review Program Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for petition, programs must meet certain Yale eligibility requirements. Research your intended program to ensure that it meets these criteria. 

Study Abroad Program Minimum Criteria:
  • ‚ÄčProgram will issue an official program transcript with a course title(s), grade(s), and credit(s) from an accredited university
  • The location of the study abroad program is not restricted by the Yale University International Travel Policy
  • The subject(s) you would like to study is offered as a discipline taught at Yale College
  • The language of instruction complies with the study abroad language policy
  • The semester program is at least 12 teaching weeks in length, or at least half the length of an academic year in the host country. Academic year programs must be at least 24 teaching weeks in length, or comply with academic year standards in the host country.

Step 2: Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser

At least 3 weeks in advance of the petition deadline, make an appointment with the study abroad adviser responsible for the area of the world where your intended program is located. You cannot submit a petition before meeting with a study abroad adviser. Because advisers will need time to review program information prior to your meeting, petitions will not be reviewed during walk-in hours. If you have trouble finding an available appointment time that works with your schedule, email the relevant adviser directly.

In your appointment request, include the following program information:

  1. Link to program website
  2. Dates of program

During your appointment, the adviser will discuss the program with you and confirm whether it is eligible to be considered for a petition.

Pin: In your advising appointment, be prepared to discuss:

  • Details of your program
  • Your academic and personal goals related to the program
  • Why you believe this program is better suited to you academically and personally compared with other programs in that region and/or other programs with similar focus

Step 3: Request Support from Your Residential College Dean & DUS

Please do not complete the steps below until you have met with a study abroad adviser and have received confirmation that your intended study abroad program is eligible for petition.

2-3 weeks in advance of the petition application deadline, meet with your Residential College Dean and your Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for your major. For your petition to be approved, you must be able to show that you have support for your intended program from your Dean and DUS. If you have more than one major, you will need to have the support of each DUS.

During your meetings with your Dean and DUS, bring detailed information about the program and be prepared to discuss your academic and personal goals.

If your Dean and DUS agree to support your petition, you will send each of them an online form to complete as part of your petition process. You can access these forms through the online petition application.

Step 4: Submit Your Petition Application

Complete and submit the online petition application by the appropriate deadline: March 5 for fall and full year programs; October 15 for spring programs. As we cannot guarantee that your program petition will be granted, we strongly recommend that you also include in your petition application an alternate program that appears on the designated list.

The Study Abroad Committee will consider the following when reviewing a petition:
  1. Relevance of the program to your academic plan at Yale and to your study abroad goals
  2. Quality of the program's academics and student support services
  3. Support of your Residential College Dean and major DUS

Pin:Don't forget to apply to your program for admission by the relevant deadline.