COVID Updates

COVID-19 Updates for YYGS Students and Families

Updated as of August 26, 2021

Is YYGS going to run residential or online programming for 2022?

YYGS hopes to host both residential and online sessions for June & July 2022, and we are working closely with our colleagues across Yale to evaluate options. We will provide timely updates regarding 2022 session offerings on our website.

What safety protocols are in place for students participating in the residential program?

The safety and wellbeing of our participants remains the top priority for YYGS.  First and foremost, we will be continuing to monitor the COVID pandemic and its impact on health, education, and travel considerations. Second, we will also be exploring what vaccination and/or COVID testing protocols will need to be in place, and communicating those plans to participants as quickly as possible. Third, we will maintain the health and safety protocols YYGS has always had in place for students to coordinate with us regarding health insurance, medications, chronic conditions, and more. This includes having a Health Office run by trained medical professionals throughout the program, as well as our longstanding relationship with Yale Health and Yale New Haven Hospital. Lastly, if YYGS determines that we could not run residential programming, then we will communicate this decision to all students immediately (this would be no later than March 10, 2022), and students would have the option to switch to online programming or to be refunded.

If I am offered and accept a spot in the residential program, but I am unable to attend due to a visa denial or family medical emergency, will I be refunded?

Yes. Our refund policy states that YYGS students who were denied a visa or have a family medical emergency are eligible for a full, 100% refund of any/all tuition paid (back to the original method of payment) once they submit documentation (e.g. of good faith attempts to obtain a visa, doctor’s note from a non-relative) to YYGS. Please note that YYGS application fees are non-refundable, as those are used entirely to process and read applications.

If I’m offered a spot in the online program, but I only want to attend the residential program, can I request to change sessions?

If you are offered admission for YYGS 2022 for the online program, then you will need to Accept or Decline that offer.  If you choose to Accept, then your spot will be secure, but you will not have the option to shift to the Residential program. If you choose to Decline, then you will have the option to indicate “Prefer Waitlist” for another session and indicate your preferences, but there is no guarantee that you will be pulled from the Waitlist (that is dependent on if any spots open up within your preferences). Please note that YYGS application fees are non-refundable, as those are used entirely to process and read applications.

Is it going to negatively impact my YYGS application if my transcript(s), recommendation letters, activities list, optional English fluency test scores, etc. are impacted by the pandemic?

No, your application will not be negatively impacted by these concerns. We recognize the challenges to teach and learn during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please know that YYGS evaluates applicants holistically and will take the significant disruptions of COVID-19 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials relating to the years 2020-2021. In particular, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of credit/fail and other grading options during this unprecedented period, whether they are made by institutions or by individual students.

We also understand that many tests and activities were not able to be offered from 2020-2021, and that many materials may be difficult to secure from school officials from 2020-2021.

What if I have trouble submitting transcripts? 

YYGS understands that this will be a difficult year for many students to coordinate with their school officials or teachers to submit materials, including (but not limited to) materials like transcripts.

We prefer to receive Official Transcripts, which are submitted directly to YYGS by the school official. To do this, students complete Education Part I in their YYGS application, and then YYGS sends an online link where their school official can submit the student’s transcript(s).

However, YYGS offers all students the option to upload an Unofficial Transcript, which are submitted to YYGS by the student. To do this, students complete Education Part II in their YYGS application. This step typically involves students getting the transcript from their school and taking a picture of it, or logging into an online portal and taking a screenshot, and then uploading that transcript(s) image onto their application.

What if I have trouble submitting a recommendation form?

YYGS understands that this will be a difficult year for many students to coordinate with their school officials or teachers to submit materials, including (but not limited to) materials like recommendations.

YYGS requests two recommendations. We accept completed online YYGS Recommendation Forms ONLY, and we do NOT accept written letters of recommendation. The form helps compare applicants from vastly different places around the world, and we hope it helps recommenders save time since it is a simple, user-friendly form.

We encourage students to connect with teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, adult club leaders (e.g., youth group leader, choir director, math club supervisor), employers, and/or school officials to provide their recommendations. Recommenders can come from your current school and/or previous schools you attended too.

The longer the recommender has known you, the better their recommendation will be.

Recommendations from parents/guardians, siblings, relatives, family friends, and/or paid private tutors/counselors will NOT be accepted.

To submit, students complete the “Recommendations” page in their YYGS application, and then YYGS sends an online link where their recommender(s) can submit the online YYGS Recommendation Form.

Please note that you can submit your portion of the YYGS application prior to your Recommender completing their form, and all of those materials will still be read together when your application is reviewed.

What if I have trouble getting my application fee waiver request approved?

YYGS understands that this will be a difficult year for many students to coordinate with their school officials or teachers to submit materials, including (but not limited to) materials like an application fee waiver request.

First, it is important to note that YYGS cannot refund application fees, so if you are waiting for a fee waiver approval to come through and if it would be a financial hardship for you to pay, then you should NOT pay; instead, please contact us and our YYGS staff can help.

Second, application fee waivers are only available to those who apply for need-based financial aid in their YYGS application. If you did this and are still waiting for your fee waiver approval to come through, we recommend waiting two weeks (14 days) and then please contact us to see if we can help.