Academic Information

YYGS is an intensive educational experience that combines lectures from top Yale faculty, elective seminars, a collaborative project and presentation, and other unique academic and recreational activities. YYGS gives talented high school leaders from all over the world a chance to challenge themselves, meet other extraordinary students, and get a taste of college life. Program activities run regularly from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day, and students are expected to be full participants in all program classes and events.

Session Schedules

A detailed session schedule will be released at least one month prior to the start of the session.


Participants will participate in several different seminars taught by undergraduate and graduate students throughout their session. All seminars are uniquely designed and developed for the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) program.

By mid-May, participants will be emailed a digital “blue book” of available seminars for their session, and asked to indicate their top seminar preferences by the end of the month (once it is available, this will be done via a form on your checklist in the Applicant Status portal). Students pulled from the waitlist will also have the ability to indicate seminar preferences.  Seminars will then be assigned, and then detailed session schedules will be released at least one month prior to the start of the session. Please note that seminars are subject to capacity and availability limits, and preferences are strongly considered but not guaranteed.

Capstone Research Group

Participants will also be placed into evening capstone groups centered on a particular topic or theme. Each capstone group will complete a substantial collaborative project that includes both a written and presentation component. Participants will receive information in the Academic Interest Form about registering their topic/theme preferences.


Most session lectures and seminars will have required preparation materials (such as readings or videos) that will be available electronically. Readings should be completed before the session begins, as participants will have very limited time to review the materials during the program. There will be no pre-program preparation for capstone.


All lecture and seminar preparation materials as well as capstone and seminar assignments will be sent to participants at least one month prior to the start of the session.

Related Policies


Classroom attendance is mandatory, and instructional staff will take attendance before each lecture, seminar, breakout session, capstone, and YYGS family time. You will not be excused from any class except for health reasons or for a pre-authorized scheduling conflict. Classroom attendance will not be excused without express permission from a YYGS staff member.

Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

Please refer to ACADEMIC HONESTY AND PERSONAL INTEGRITY in our Rules and Regulations.

Classroom Space

Classes will be conducted in Yale University buildings that are also being used by Yale University students, faculty, and staff, as well as participants in other summer programs. You must be respectful of others in the classroom building, be quiet, and limit noise when moving throughout the buildings. Please do not yell or run in any Yale building, or leave trash or personal items in classrooms.

Electronic Library Access

Certain work assignments may require access to Yale’s extensive digital online library.  You will receive instructions during orientation on how to access this system through

Technology Use and Recording Policy

Please refer to TECHNOLOGY USE AND RECORDING POLICY in our Rules and Regulations.

Student Information and Privacy Rights

In accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment), Yale Young Global Scholars will refuse to disclose to any third party whatsoever personally identifiable information from the education record of a student without the student’s prior written consent, except for the following directory information: the name of a student who is or has been in attendance; dates of attendance; the local address and telephone number; the permanent address; name and address of parent, guardian, or other person designated by the student to be notified in case of emergency; the place and date of birth; and the name of the most recent previous educational institution attended.

Yale Young Global Scholars is not a credit-granting program, and does not assign or record grades or marks for any student, nor does it create or issue any academic reports. YYGS will issue a certificate of completion to those who successfully finish our program 14 days after the session has ended.