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Petition Process for a Non-Yale Summer Abroad

We encourage you to begin your program search by reviewing the programs on Yale's designated list. However, if you cannot find a program that is a good match for your goals and interests, you can petition for approval to attend a program not already designated by Yale. If your petition is approved, you will be eligible to earn full credit transfer and, if applicable, use your the International Study Award (ISA).

TOC: Petition Process

How do I know if a program is eligible for a petition?

Programs must meet these minimum eligibility requirements:

  • ​The program will issue an official transcript with 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 Travel Policy.
  • Each summer course teaching length is at least 4 weeks and has at least 32.5 contact hours.
  • Courses offered by the program meet Yale's credit transfer policies.
    • Yale does not award credit for internships. For this reason, you can only submit a petition for a summer program with an internship component if you will be enrolled in 2 credit-eligible courses. If you are seeking a full-time summer international internship instead, we suggest visiting the Office of Career Strategy website.

Globe: Be sure to email or schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser to discuss program eligibility.

How do I petition?

Note: You must apply for both admission into your program and Yale approval to study abroad. These are separate application processes that are completed simultaneously. 

Apply for admission to your intended Non-Yale program:

  • Apply directly to the university or program abroad you would like to attend via their website. 
  • It is your responsibility to ensure all application materials are submitted to your desired program by their deadline. Program application deadlines may be earlier or later than Yale’s application deadline.
  • You do not need to have already secured Yale's approval for study abroad when you apply for admission to your intended program. 

Apply for Yale's approval to study abroad and transfer credit:

  • If you haven't already, review the Non-Yale Summer Abroad eligibility requirements.
  • Meet with a study abroad adviser to discuss your intended program and receive confirmation that the program is eligible for a petition.
  • Submit a Non-Yale Summer Abroad Petition via the MyCIPE application portal. Note: You do not also need to submit the regular Non-Yale Summer Abroad application.
  • You may only petition for one new program per application cycle. As we cannot guarantee that your petition program will be approved, you can list up to 2 back-up programs from the designated list. All of the programs listed in your petition will be reviewed for approval.
  • Late applications cannot be accepted.
  • You do not need to have already been admitted to your intended program before submitting the petition.

What does the petition include?

The Non-Yale Summer Abroad Petition consists of:

  • Non-Yale Summer Abroad Petition for a Program not on Yale's Designated List: This form includes questions about your intended study abroad program(s) and tentative courses along with a brief personal statement (300-500 words). In addition to listing your first-choice program, you have the option to include up to 2 back-up programs from the designated list. 
  • Yale Academic Record: We will ask you to upload a copy of your Yale Degree Audit.
  • Credit & International Study Award Policy Documents: These documents include details about important Yale Study Abroad policies. You will be asked to read through the information and confirm your understanding of the policies. 

When is the Yale petition deadline?

Your Non-Yale Summer Abroad petition is due the spring semester before your summer abroad.

Summer Abroad Petition Opens Petition Deadline
2023 Non-Yale Summer Abroad Petition January 9, 2023 March 7, 2023 @ 1 p.m. Eastern

I'm ready to apply. Where do I access the petition?

Beginning January 9, 2023, you'll be able to access the Non-Yale Summer Abroad petition from this page.

Note: Don't forget to also apply to your intended program for admission into the program.

The International Study Award (ISA)

The International Study Award (ISA) provides a stipend for one summer experience abroad for all eligible undergraduates receiving Yale financial aid. In order to receive ISA funding, you must first receive Yale approval for your summer study abroad program.

Once approved to study abroad, you will have access to the (ISA) International Study Award request form as one of your required pre-departure forms in your MyCIPE account. 

Yale Study Abroad does not administer the International Study Award. For more information, please visit the ISA website or contact