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Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad

Yale offers unique programming through Yale Summer Session (YSS) Programs Abroad to earn Yale College credit through intensive language study or courses in a variety of disciplines, taught in English. 

Yale College Students

Graduation Credit

You will receive Yale College credit for participating in YSS Programs Abroad. Upon completion of the program, your course(s) titles and grades will be entered automatically to your Yale transcript. If a program has more than one course, you are required to complete all program courses. Courses cannot be recorded without the grade. Grades earned on YSS Programs Abroad will be factored into your Yale cumulative GPA and will be included in the calculations of your eligibility for General Honors. 

Distributional and Major Credit

Courses successfully completed in YSS will fulfill the distributional requirements listed on the program page. They may, with permission from your major DUS, be counted toward the requirements of your major program. 

Yale Graduate Students

YSS does not grant graduate credit. Yale graduate students wishing to apply for graduate credit must make arrangements in writing - prior to the start of the course - with the instructor, the Dean of Yale Summer Session, and the dean of the student's graduate or professional school. YSS does not certify any of its courses for graduate credit, nor can individual instructor do so. 

Students from Other Campuses

Students who wish to transfer Yale credit to other colleges and universities are advised to consult with the appropriate academic authorities at their home institutions in advance. One Yale College course credit is the equivalent of four semester hours.  

Graduate students wishing to be granted graduate credit must make arrangements with their home institution. YSS does not certify any of its courses for graduate credit, nor can individual instructor do so.

For further detailed information or questions regarding a specific credit hour conversion, contact the Office of the Registrar at (203) 432-2330 or registrar@yale.edu.

Official transcripts may be ordered at the Office of the Registrar, Yale University, P.O. Box 208321, New Haven, CT 06520-8321. A transcript order must include the Yale Student ID Number and signature of the student requesting the transcript. The charge for each transcript is $7. For more information see the Office of the Registrar's website. Transcripts will not be issued to any student who is financially indebted to the University.

Year or Term Abroad & Non-Yale Summer Abroad Programs

Yale has designated hundreds of Year or Term Abroad (YTA) and Non-Yale Summer Abroad programs around the world for which students may apply to transfer general Yale graduation credit during the academic year or summer. With careful planning in advance, it is also possible to fulfill major and/or distributional requirements.

General Credit Transfer

To receive general graduation credit from a YTA or Non-Yale Summer Abroad program, you must:

  • Submit a credit application or petition by the relevant deadline
  • Earn the US equivalent of a C- or greater in your courses
  • Have an official transcript sent directly from your program to Yale Study Abroad after completion of your program

Credit cannot be granted for:

  • Courses abroad that duplicate the content of courses already completed at Yale and for which credit has already been awarded
  • Internships or service
  • Studio or performing arts courses without approval
    • Regardless of your major, the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the relevant department must review and approve your work for studio or performance courses before they can be transferred for general credit
  • Pre-professional courses, such as business, communications, education, and law courses or other courses in disciplines that are not offered at the undergraduate level at Yale
  • Any course in which the grade earned is lower than a C-
  • Any course taken pass/fail

Note:Late applications for study abroad credit cannot be accepted, and you cannot petition to earn credit for study abroad retroactively. 

Likewise, once transfer credit for study abroad has been added to the Yale College transcript, it cannot be removed.

Credit Transfer Amounts

Term Abroad Credit Amount
1 Semester 4 general Yale credits (a spring semester at Cambridge or Oxford is worth 5 general credits)
2 semesters on different programs 9 general Yale credits
Full Year 9 general Yale credits
Summer Total of 2 general Yale credits throughout all three summers (this 2 credit limit includes credit received for summer courses taken at another university in the U.S.).
1 Summer + 1 Semester 6 general Yale credits (7 if the semester is a spring term at Cambridge or Oxford)

**The maximum number of study abroad credits you are allowed to transfer to Yale is nine.

Course Load Abroad

Year or Term Abroad Students

You must take a full course load abroad. Most study abroad courses follow a credit system that is different from Yale's system. Your study abroad adviser will confirm the full course load for your program once your application for credit is approved, but please contact us if you have questions about your course load before applying.

Credit is not granted on a course-to-course basis during semester study abroad. Depending on your program, you may need to enroll in anywhere from 3 to 6 courses during a semester in order to earn 4 general Yale credits (or 9 for the full year). In general, you should expect to take 4 or 5 courses each semester you spend abroad. 

Non-Yale Summer Abroad Students

In general, if you enroll in 1 summer course abroad that meets Yale's credit transfer requirements, you will be eligible for 1 general Yale credit. If you enroll in 2 summer courses that meet Yale's credit transfer requirements, you will be eligible for 2 general Yale credits. Most summer abroad courses follow a credit system that is different from Yale's system. You should always confirm what is eligible for credit transfer, and for what amount, with your study abroad adviser.

Grades and GPA

Grades from YTA or Non-Yale Summer study abroad programs will not be factored into your Yale cumulative GPA. On your Yale transcript, the Registrar will list your program, course titles, and credits, but not your grades.

You will, however, receive an official transcript from your study abroad program with your grades listed. Future employers, fellowships, and graduate schools may ask to see your study abroad transcript. Also, some Yale departments may use grades earned abroad in their computations for Distinction in the Major. General Honors (cum laude, etc.) and Phi Beta Kappa only use grades earned in courses taught at Yale.

Language Requirement

For Year or Term Abroad programs, you must meet the Yale YTA 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 program you hope to attend.


For Non-Yale Summer Abroad programs, you must meet the language requirement set by your chosen program. Yale does not have a study abroad language requirement for summer.

Academic Accommodations

If you are in need of academic accommodations for study abroad, you can learn more on our Disability-Related Accommodations page.

Tip:Major and Distributional Requirements Abroad

It is possible, but not guaranteed, to fulfill major and/or distributional requirements abroad with proper approval. For detailed information about the appropriate process to follow, please review Fulfilling Requirements Abroad before you leave campus.