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We are hopeful about the possibility of resuming Yale Summer Session (YSS) Programs Abroad in 2022; however, due to the continued uncertainties of the pandemic, we cannot make any guarantees about international travel at this time. All programs have been reviewed in consideration of their health and safety operations, and contingency plans have been made in the event that travel is restricted. Please review carefully the information below before you decide to apply.

FAQ: Which YSS Programs Abroad are included in the summer 2022 program roster?

The roster for YSS Programs Abroad in 2022 is included below. A program’s inclusion in the roster means that it will appear in the application; it does not guarantee that the program will ultimately run abroad this summer.

This 2022 YSS Programs Abroad roster is also available as part of the study abroad searchable database.

Some courses that are typically offered as part of a YSS Program Abroad will be offered instead in New Haven or Online. Visit the Yale Summer Session website to view New Haven and Online course offerings.

FAQ: When will the application open for YSS Programs Abroad?

The application opens on January 14, 2022. You may only select one program in the application.

FAQ: What is the application deadline and review process?

February 15, 2022: Application deadline. The application will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. No exceptions will be made to the deadline.
February 16 - March 16, 2022: Applications are reviewed, and admissions decisions are sent to students.
April 5, 2022: All program locations are reviewed based on the Yale Travel Policy.

Any program that is in an eligible country on April 5th will move forward with plans to operate abroad. Yale reserves the right to enforce the Yale Travel Policy up until the date of departure. If the program location becomes restricted under the Yale Travel Policy between April 5 and the expected start date, admitted students will be contacted with detailed guidance about relevant academic and financial changes.

Any program that is in a restricted country on April 5th will be converted to a remote format, and students who have been admitted to these programs can choose to remain enrolled for credit or withdraw. 

FAQ: Is the admissions process competitive for YSS Programs Abroad?

YSS Programs Abroad are not designed to be competitive; however, the number of seats per program is limited, so admission cannot be guaranteed for all eligible students if the number of students who apply exceeds the number of seats available. For this reason, all applicants are encouraged to have a backup plan.

Applications are reviewed to ensure that students meet the eligibility requirements and pre-requisites of the chosen program. Academic records and application essays are also considered during the review process. Applicants from both within and outside the Yale University community are welcome to apply; however, preference is given to Yale College students. The Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad Committee makes the final applicant selection decisions.

FAQ: I was previously admitted into a program that was unable to run due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Do I need to reapply? Am I guaranteed admission again?

All students who are interested in participating in a YSS Program Abroad in 2022 must submit an application by the deadline. Admissions decisions from prior application cycles do not carry over to summer 2022 automatically. Students who were admitted previously are encouraged to apply again, but admission cannot be guaranteed.

FAQ: How should I plan for summer 2022 if I'm interested in studying abroad?

  • Check your eligibility.
  • Be sure to mark study abroad deadlines on your calendar.
  • Review the Yale Travel Policy.
  • Refer to your intended destination country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or Embassy website for detailed entry requirements. In some cases, even if the Yale Travel Policy allows for travel to a particular location, the destination country itself may limit entry based on the traveler’s citizenship and where the traveler has been, including transit countries.
  • Review the CDC travel recommendations for your intended country and local news sources.
  • Learn about how the country has responded to COVID-19 (e.g., testing availability, social distancing, mandatory face masks, quarantines, the availability to purchase PPE, lockdowns, positivity rate, the treatment facilities, and the capacity to respond to an increased outbreak).
  • Meet with a study abroad adviser if you wish to discuss your plans and receive support for choosing a program that matches your goals and interests.
  • Discuss your plans with your family.
  • Take note of passport processing times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, routine passport processing times have greatly increased. At the time of this web update, routine processing for U.S. passports can take up to 18 weeks. If you currently have a passport, make sure it is valid for 6 months after the date of your return.
  • Do not make any non-recoverable payments, such as purchasing plane tickets, until you have received further guidance from Yale Study Abroad. 

FAQ: What do I need to know about COVID-19 vaccination for YSS Programs Abroad?

All students, including visiting students from other institutions, who wish to participate in a YSS Program Abroad must be fully vaccinated. Yale University’s travel regulations currently state: “The university will allow university-sponsored travel for fully vaccinated faculty, staff and students subject to obtaining approvals required under existing university policies and processes. Faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated may not participate in university sponsored travel.”

Some countries have set an expiration date for vaccination after a specific time period (often 9-12 months). For this reason, students who intend to study abroad should receive a vaccine booster shot as soon as they are eligible.

Students who ultimately travel abroad should expect to demonstrate proof of vaccination (which may include downloading a government-sponsored app) for admittance into classrooms, businesses, museums, theaters, restaurants, or other buildings in their host country.

Please note that proof of vaccination does not override the Yale Travel Policy.

FAQ: Should I be researching alternative summer options? If so, where do I start?

Yes. As admission to a YSS Program Abroad is not guaranteed, we recommend that you identify back-up options for your summer. Be sure to check the application deadlines for alternative summer options because they vary and may take place before or after the Yale Study Abroad deadline.

Examples for Yale College students include:

Program Costs & Yale College Funding for YSS Programs Abroad

Note:The program budgets and refund policy will be updated by mid-January. More information will be added here when available.

FAQ: Will the International Study Award (ISA) be available?

Yes. The International Study Award (ISA) will be available for eligible Yale College students who are admitted to a YSS Program Abroad.

If admitted to a YSS Program Abroad, you will have access to the ISA Request Form as one of your required pre-departure forms in your MyCIPE account. This form is due by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 1.

FAQ: Will YSS Financial Assistance be available?

Yes. YSS Financial Assistance provides 50% off tuition for up to two courses each summer to Yale College students who receive financial aid during the regular academic year. Students may receive financial assistance for a maximum of two courses each summer. Students who plan to participate in a YSS Program Abroad can only receive YSS Financial Assistance if they have already used their ISA in a previous summer. YSS Financial Assistance and the ISA cannot be combined for the same YSS Program Abroad. 

FAQ: Are any other funding options available?

Yale College students may wish to explore Yale Fellowships, although fellowship options are limited for study abroad. Students participating in a language program may consider the MacMillan Center Summer Fellowships for Language Study.

More detailed information about the YSS COVID-19 Courses is included below.

YSS COVID-19 Courses & Housing Subsidy for Yale College Students

FAQ: What are the YSS COVID-19 Courses, how do they apply to YSS Programs Abroad, and who is eligible?

First-year students and sophomores who enrolled for both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, with at least one term taken remotely, have earned two courses to be used in Yale Summer Session (YSS) New Haven, Online, or Abroad in any summer before their senior year.

Students who were in the equivalent of their second or fourth term in Fall 2020, and who enroll for both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms with at least one of those terms taken remotely without access to campus (LM4, LM5, LM6), are also eligible for this special YSS arrangement.

If admitted to a YSS Program Abroad, eligible students may use the YSS COVID-19 Courses, however, both YSS COVID-19 Courses must be used together and not to exceed the tuition for a 2-credit program (for summer 2022 that amount is $9,100), even for programs that award more than 2 credits. These credits cannot be split across programs or summers.

Note - Cinematic Storytelling in Prague is the only YSS Program Abroad that does not meet the YSS COVID-19 Courses eligibility requirements for an abroad option as the tuition cost for the program is only for one Yale credit. The second credit is transferred in from FAMU.

FAQ: Is admission guaranteed to a YSS Program Abroad if I am eligible for the YSS COVID-19 Courses?

No, admission cannot be guaranteed, and enrollment is limited. For more details on how the YSS Programs Abroad admissions process works, please visit our Apply page.

FAQ: How do the YSS COVID-19 Courses apply to YSS Programs Abroad that earn 3 or 4 credits?

The YSS COVID-19 Courses covers the tuition cost for 2 credits and will not exceed the tuition for a 2-credit program (for summer 2022 that amount is $9,100). Students admitted to either a 3-credit or a 4-credit program will be responsible for the remaining tuition balance. Every YSS Program Abroad is designed as a complete program rather than individual courses; therefore, students cannot choose to enroll in fewer courses than the program offers and must use both of the YSS COVID-19 Courses credits for a single program.

Visit the individual program page for more information on the number of credits earned through the program and associated costs beyond tuition.

FAQ: Do the YSS COVID-19 Courses cover any other costs associated with YSS Programs Abroad?

The YSS COVID-19 Courses only apply to tuition costs for 2 credits, not to exceed the tuition for a 2-credit program (for summer 2022 that amount is $9,100) and does not cover any additional expenses associated with YSS Programs Abroad, such as airfare, international housing, or program fees.

FAQ: How does the YSS Housing Subsidy apply to YSS Programs Abroad that begin in New Haven?

First-year students (class of 2024) and sophomores (class of 2023), as well as students who were in the equivalent of their second or fourth term in Fall 2020, who are eligible for the YSS COVID-19 Courses and receive financial aid through Yale College are eligible for additional financial support to subsidize on-campus room and board (YSS Housing Subsidy) for YSS Programs Abroad that first start on Yale’s campus in New Haven.

For eligible students, the YSS Housing Subsidy will cover the full cost of room and board on the Yale campus for the length of time that the program is in New Haven (between 2 to 4 weeks depending on the program).

The YSS Housing Subsidy cannot be applied toward the cost of International Housing.

Students who meet the eligibility for the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy but have been admitted into a YSS Program Abroad that meets completely abroad may not save their YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy for a subsequent summer.

FAQ: What happens to my YSS COVID-19 Courses and, if applicable, YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy if I withdraw from a YSS Program Abroad?

Students enrolled in a YSS Program Abroad and using the YSS COVID-19 Courses benefit must withdraw no later than 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the Friday of the first week of the program in order to retain the YSS COVID-19 Courses for a future experience with a YSS Program Abroad or YSS courses taught in New Haven or Online.

Students enrolled in a YSS Program Abroad and using the YSS COVID-19 Courses forfeit both YSS COVID-19 Courses if withdrawing after 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the Friday of the first week of the program. .

Students who withdraw from a YSS Program Abroad that starts on Yale’s campus in New Haven must also withdraw immediately, if applicable, from on-campus housing.

Students using the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy to cover the cost of on-campus housing who withdraw no later than 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the Friday of the first week of the program may not transfer the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy to a future program or session with YSS courses taught in New Haven or Online unless they reimburse YSS for the per diem cost of the number of days they occupied on-campus housing.

Students using the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy to cover the cost of on-campus housing who withdraw after 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the Friday of the first week of the program forfietforfeit the YSS COVID-19 Housing Subsidy.

Students who withdraw anytime on or after the program start date will be responsible for the Administrative Fee, Program Deposit, Program Fee, and International Housing costs.

FAQ: May I combine YSS COVID-19 Courses with the International Study Award (ISA)?

Students on financial aid who have not previously used funding from an International Study Award (ISA) may combine their YSS COVID-19 Courses with the ISA.  YSS COVID-19 Courses will be used for tuition cost for 2 credits (for summer 2022 that amount is $9,100).  Both of the YSS COVID-19 Courses must be used together and cannot be split across programs or summers. The ISA is calculated based on a student’s aid in the preceding academic year to cover a percentage of the cost for credit-bearing study abroad programs and may be used to cover expenses associated with the YSS Program Abroad, including any remaining tuition balance after YSS COVID-19 Courses (for programs of more than 2 credits), international housing, travel, and program fees. If the combination of ISA and YSS COVID-19 Courses exceeds a student’s total program budget, ISA funds will be reduced so that the total funding received from all sources equals the total program budget.

For details regarding the ISA, visit the International Study Award website.