Country Eligibility Examples

NOTE: YYGS is open to students from ALL countries. The list below contains examples and is not representative of the entire applicant pool.

General Eligibility

The YYGS program is open to students, typically between the ages of 15 and 17, who have one or two years of high school to complete after they attend the program. Applicants must be in US Grade 10 or US Grade 11 (or the international equivalent) at the time of application. YYGS accepts applicants from ALL countries.

For 2017 YYGS, eligible applicants will graduate high school in May /June 2018 or May /June 2019.

Since students in the Southern Hemisphere (e.g. Latin America or Australia) operate on a January-December school calendar schedule, they may apply during their senior year of high school. Eligible applicants from these areas will graduate secondary school in December 2017 or December 2018.

This list does not include every country from which we receive applications. It has been posted to provide examples of eligibility. If your country does not appear, you may still apply. If you have any eligibility questions not addressed here or elsewhere on our website, please email global.scholars@yale.edu.

The IB Program
The IB curriculum is set by the International Baccalaureate Organization and is standardized throughout the world. The IB diploma program lasts for two years and runs through US grades 11 and 12 (or international equivalents), although students are often receiving IB and IB-preparatory courses in the years prior to their formal entry into the diploma program. YYGS is open to students currently enrolled in the first year of their IB diploma program.


United States
Students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible to apply. Typically this means that the students will be between 15 to 17 years of age, although some students may be 14 and up to 18 years old in rare occasions.

Afghanistan
Students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible to apply to YYGS. There are a number of international schools in Afghanistan which follow the education system of their model country, and often offer an IB diploma (see The IB Program).

Australia
YYGS is open to Australian students who will be actively enrolled in grades 10-12 during the program

Brazil
YYGS is open to Brazilian students in all years of secondary school who will be actively attending school during the program.

Canada
YYGS is open to students in Grades 10 and 11 or Sec IV and V for Quebec.

China
YYGS is open to students in High School 1 and 2, which directly correspond to US grades 10 and 11.

Greece
YYGS is open to students in their first or second year of Lyceum.

Hong Kong S.A.R.
Students in Year 11 and 12 (equivalent to US Grades 10 and 11) are eligible to apply to YYGS.

India
Students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible to apply to YYGS.

Kenya
YYGS is open to students applying during their Form 1 or Form 2 year, as they will participate in the program during their Form 2 or Form 3 years.

Mexico
Students in 4o or 5o of Secundaria are eligible to apply to YYGS. Alternatively, students in 1o and 2o of Preparatoria may also apply to YYGS.

Myanmar
YYGS will accept applications from Standard 9 and Standard 10 students attending public school in Myanmar. Students applying to YYGS from private schools in Myanmar which are on a 12-year schedule are eligible to apply to YYGS during their 10th and 11th years.

Pakistan
YYGS is open to students in their second year of Secondary or in their first year of Higher Secondary. There are a number of international schools in Pakistan which follow the education system of their model country, and often offer an IB diploma (see The IB Program).

Russia
YYGS is open to students applying during their 9th, 10th, or 11th year of study, provided that the applicant will have at least one year of secondary school to complete following the summer program. There are a number of international schools in Russia, which follow the British or American systems. See those countries’ entries for eligibility information.

Rwanda
YYGS is open to students applying during their Form 1 or Form 2 year, as they will participate in the program during their Form 2 or Form 3 years.

Singapore
YYGS is open to students applying during their last year of Secondary or their first year in Junior College (or their second year if on a three-year track).

South Africa
South African students in the first two years of either the GET or FET course of study are eligible to apply to YYGS.

South Korea
YYGS is open to students in the 10th and 11th grade of High School (고등학교).

Turkey
Students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible to apply to YYGS. There are a number of international schools in Turkey which follow the education system of their model country, and often offer an IB diploma (see The IB Program).

United Arab Emirates
YYGS is open to students who will be rising 11th or 12th graders during the program.

United Kingdom
YYGS is open to British students in Years 11 and 12.

If your country is not listed here and/or you still have eligibility questions, please email global.scholars@yale.edu.

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