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Yale Eligibility Requirements for a Year or Term Abroad

If you are interested in studying abroad for a year or term, you must meet these minimum requirements to be approved to study abroad. If you don't meet a particular requirement, see below for additional information.

  • Be a second semester sophomore or a first or second semester junior at the time of enrollment abroad. 
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be in academic good standing.
  • Not be on disciplinary probation at the time of enrollment abroad.
  • Meet the Yale Year or Term Abroad language requirement, if applicable (see table below).
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.

Note: You can petition to attend a program with courses offered in English if the program’s theme and core courses align with your major.  If approved, you would be required to take the host language as one of your courses abroad.  To learn more, visit the petition process for a Year or Term Abroad.
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.

Note: You can petition to attend a program with courses offered in English if the program’s theme and core courses align with your major.  If approved, you would be required to take the host language as one of your courses abroad.  To learn more, visit the petition process for a Year or Term Abroad.
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.

Pin: In addition to Yale's eligibility requirements, you must meet the eligibility requirements and academic prerequisites of your intended study abroad program.

What if I don't meet the eligibility requirements listed above?

FAQ: Senior Standing

It is not possible to study abroad as a senior through the Year or Term Abroad program. However, students with senior standing can apply to attend the Yale in London program, which is administered by the Yale Center for British Art. 

FAQ: Grade Point Average (GPA)

If you have a cumulative GPA below 3.0 you can still apply for approval to study abroad. As part of the Year or Term Abroad application, you will be asked to submit an additional short essay that addresses your academic performance at Yale and outlines specific strategies for maintaining academic good standing abroad. Your transcript should demonstrate progress towards raising your GPA in the semesters before your intended year or term abroad. You should also ensure that you meet the GPA requirement of your intended study abroad program(s).

FAQ: Academic Standing

You should have enough credits, upon completion of the Year or Term Abroad, to remain in academic good standing. If you will be short one or two credits for promotion, you can be approved with the understanding that you will enroll in summer classes to make up the credit deficiency.  This approval can only be given with the support of your Residential College Dean. If you will be one requirement short of fulfilling a distributional requirement, you must speak with your Residential College Dean about petitioning the Committee on Honors and Academic Standing (CHAS) for permission to complete this requirement after returning from a Year or Term Abroad.

Additional Considerations based on your Student Enrollment Status

FAQ: Transfer Students

You are eligible for a Year or Term Abroad as long as you enroll in Yale College for at least 4 terms, earning by attendance at Yale a minimum of 18 course credits.

Be sure to discuss your study abroad plans with Dean Risa Sodi to review your specific academic plan and credits needed for graduation.

FAQ: Eli Whitney Students

You are eligible for a Year or Term Abroad as long as you enroll in Yale College for at least 4 terms, having earned by a minimum of 18 course credits at Yale, and meet the following conditions.

  • Before enrolling abroad: have already accumulated at least 12 course credits but no more than 22 course credits toward the 36-course-credit requirement
  • While abroad: enroll in full-time study at your intended program or university
  • Upon return: enroll in Yale College for at least 2 terms

Be sure to discuss your study abroad plans with Dean Risa Sodi to review your specific academic plan and credits needed for graduation.

FAQ: Students on a Leave of Absence

  • If you are currently taking a leave of absence and you wish to participate in a Year or Term Abroad following the leave, you are eligible to apply. All study abroad deadlines apply.
  • If you intend to take courses abroad during a leave of absence, please consult with your Residential College Dean.

FAQ: Withdrawn Students

If you are withdrawn from Yale College for any reason, you are ineligible to participate in any programs abroad for credit. If reinstated, the first semester back must be done on the Yale campus.