Frequently Asked Questions

General

How many students participate in each session of the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) program?

YYGS is a program that is big and small at the same time, offering students the best of both worlds. Each session (e.g., SGC I, BBS III) can accomodate between 100-250 students, and then our average student-to-teacher ratio is 13:1. This is true for all of our sessions, including all our Applied Science and Engineering (ASE), Biological and Biomedical Science (BBS), Politics, Law, and Economics (PLE), Solving Global Challenges (SGC), and Literature, Policy, & Culture (LPC) sessions. We believe in limiting the size of our sessions so that students and instructors can have more opportunities to work together, and so that all session participants can live together in Yale’s historic Old Campus.

I see that Yale also offers a “summer session” for high school students. How is this program different from that one?

Yale Summer Session offers approximately one-month courses during the summer for Yale students, qualified undergraduate students from other colleges and universities, students about to enter their last year in high school, and adult learners. If this one interests you, then we encourage you to apply. For further information, explore https://summer.yale.edu.

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) offers interdisciplinary, pre-collegiate sessions, not a course or courses.  Our niche is in being one of the most globally diverse programs in the world, with participants coming from over 125 countries on 6 continents and need-based financial aid available for both domestic and international applicants. Participants live and work together as a community in an environment and curriculum tailored especially for high achieving high school students, rather than participating in a particular course with a wide variety of high school and college students. Each YYGS session is two weeks long and brings together an array of Yale’s best faculty and outside speakers to provide an intense, hands-on experience that combines lectures, seminars, and small-group discussions designed to challenge and inspire. Students do not receive course credit, but they do receive intensive training in critical thinking, verbal expression, and writing.

I’m attending another program that overlaps with yours. Can I arrive late and/or leave early?

Due to the intensive nature of each session, we require that each participant commit to the entire duration of the session. Please review our “Rules and Regulations” in the “Student Life” section of this website for further information.

Do you provide transcripts or course credit for your program?

No. Our philosophy is to provide a unique opportunity for high achieving students to learn without the pressure of grades and quantitative evaluations; however, our instructors provide ample student feedback during the program. Some individual high schools provide acknowledgement or credit to students participating in the program, so we do provide students who successfully complete all parts of the YYGS session in which they enroll with a certification of completion.

Is admission competitive?

Admission to each session of the program is very selective; for summer 2019, nearly 6,500 students applied to participate in YYGS. While there is no competitive advantage to applying early, we encourage you to submit application materials as early as they are available to ensure that your application is complete by January 15, 2020.

Do you have rolling admissions?

Rolling admissions typically means that applications are reviewed AND decisions are made on a rolling basis up until all spots are filled, and then no further applications are accepted/reviewed. YYGS reviews applications on a rolling basis from the time we open the application, however, we do NOT make nor release decisions until we review all applications that were received by the deadline. This year YYGS has both an Early Action deadline (November 12, 2019) and a Regular Decision deadline (January 15, 2020). Please visit our “How to Apply” section of the website to learn more.

How will applicants be notified of admissions decisions?

Applicants apply to YYGS through an online portal hosted by Slate. All applicants who submitted completed applications by our deadline will receive an email prompting them to check their Applicant Statys portal for final admission decisions by mid-March. Please visit our “How to Apply” section of the website to learn more.

Do you have early decision?

Early Decision is typically defined as an application process whereby students commit to only apply to one program/school by an earlier deadline, find out their admissions decision early, and if accepted are already committed to attend. YYGS does NOT offer Early Decision.

However, YYGS does offer an Early Action. For YYGS, Early Action is non-binding, so students can apply to as many programs as they like. The advantage is that for those who apply by our Early Action deadline (November 12, 2019), they will pay a discounted application fee ($55 USD, as opposed to the Regular Decision application fee of $70 USD) and they will be notified with an admissions decision of “Admit” or “Deferred to Regular Decision”) by December 24, 2019. Those deferred into Regular Decision will automatically be further reviewed and notified of their Admit, Waitlist, or Deny decisions by mid-March.

Need-based financial aid will be available for students to apply to in both Early Action and Regular Decision. Please visit our “How to Apply” section of the website to learn more.

I am feeling pressure to finalize my summer plans. Can I be notified of my admissions status early?

Unfortunately, we cannot release admissions decisions early. Please visit our “How to Apply” section of the website to learn more about all of our deadline and notification dates.

Is there a Waitlist?

Yes, and if you are placed on the waitlist, you will be notified of that fact when admissions decisions are released in mid-March. YYGS typically has a very high yield rate (nearly 80%), which is the number of students who accept our offer of admission. If and when any admitted students decide not to attend the program for any reason, we will admit applicants from the waitlist; however, we cannot predict how many students may be offered admission from the waitlist nor which students will be selected. Our waitlist is unranked, and we cannot provide feedback on any individual student’s application/candidacy nor their likelihood of being pulled from the waitlist.

What do I do if I am on the Waitlist?

You do not need to do anything! We have all of the information from you that we need. However, we will ask you at regular intervals if you would still wish to remain on the waitlist, and you may remove yourself from our waitlist at any time. Because students are occasionally unable to attend the program for emergency reasons, we may accept students off the waitlist just days before a session begins.

How can I best prepare for my Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) experience?

First, each of our sessions will require that a pre-program packet of electronic readings be read prior to the start of the program. We strongly suggest that you do not “save” any readings for the weeks of the program, since participants will be busy with other assignments. Second, we recommend that all incoming students spend at least one week resting prior to the start of the session because the program is very rigorous.

I was accepted into the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) previously but could not attend. Do I need to reapply?

Yes, if you are interested in participating in YYGS for Summer 2020, you will need to reapply to the program. We do NOT offer deferred admission to the program for any reason. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.

Will attending Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) help me get into Yale College as an undergraduate?

The admissions process for Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is independent from the admissions process for Yale College. Some of the program’s alumni have gone on to apply to Yale and have been admitted. Our program is well-known among college admissions officers, and YYGS alumni are well represented at top private and public universities across the country. Because we understand YYGS is a unique opportunity for some students to visit the Yale campus, we do arrange talks from the Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office and many of our rising seniors schedule on-campus admissions interviews during the program.

I live in the New Haven area. Do you have a day student or commuter option?

Yes, you can participate in the program as a day student. Day (or commuter) students are eligible for a $1,000 USD discount on YYGS all-inclusive tuition, reflecting that they will not have rooms/beds on campus. Classes and activities will run from approximately 9am-10pm daily, and day students and their parents will need to arrange secure transportation to and from the Yale campus.

 
 

Eligibility

I am currently a senior in high school or will be finishing my final year of secondary school before summer 2020. Can I still apply?

No. The YYGS program is open to students, typically between the ages of 16 and 17, who have already completed at least one year of high school prior to applying for YYGS AND who will have at least one semester of high school left to complete after they return from YYGS prior to graduating high school. 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 2020 YYGS, eligible applicants will graduate high school in May /June 2021 or May /June 2022.

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 2020 or December 2021.

I am a college or university student. Do you have a similar program for someone like me?

The YYGS program is for high school students only, and we currently do not  run any programs for undergraduate nor post-graduate students.

I’m currently an academically advanced freshman in high school (or younger), and I really want to attend the YYGS program in summer 2020. Can I still apply?

No, students must wait until they are age/grade eligible to apply to the program.

I am currently a sophomore, but I skipped a grade, so I am a year younger than my classmates. Can I still apply to the program?

Please contact us with the details of your situation.

Can I be considered for another session if I am not accepted into my first choice?

Yes. If you wish for your application to be reviewed for more than one session, please indicate your second and third choices on the online application.

Can I participate in more than one Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) program experience in a single summer?

No. Due to high levels of interest in the program, we do not admit students to multiple YYGS sessions in one summer. Our goal is to increase access so that the greatest number of eligible students who make it through our competitve process can attend.

Can I participate in Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) program in multiple summers?

No. Due to high levels of interest in the program, students are not eligible to apply for YYGS again after they participate in YYGS in a previous summer. Our goal is to increase access so that the greatest number of eligible students who make it through our competitve process can attend.

I participated in YYGS last year. Can I do the same session again?

No. Due to high levels of interest in the program, students are not eligible to apply for YYGS again after they participate in YYGS in a previous summer. Our goal is to increase access so that the greatest number of eligible students who make it through our competitve process can attend.

I want to apply for both YYGS and YYAS. Is that possible?

I applied to YYGS in the past and was not admitted. Is it worth applying again?

Yes! We very much encourage students who have continued to grow as leaders, achieve academically, and develop further interests in areas related to topics covered in YYGS to reapply to the program. Every year, many students let us know how excited they are to attend after not being offered admission the previous year.

 
 

Applying

I can’t access the online application. Help!

We will open the 2020 application by the end of September. After that time, please try to access the application with a different internet browser and/or a different computer. Also be sure that cookies are turned on, and JavaScript is enabled. If you continue to have problems, contact us with a detailed description of the program, including your country location.

I am having problems with the online application. Who do I contact for assistance?

Contact us with a detailed description of the problem.

What is a “school report”? I’ve never seen that language before.

A school report is a school transcript, which should include a list of classes and grades. GPA and class rank are usually included on the transcript if those are calculated by the school. (Not all schools calculate GPA or rank.) You should input information for your school official responsible for distributing your transcript into the online application so that your school can directly upload the official version.

I don’t have standardized test scores, such as the ACT, SAT, or PSAT. Will that hurt my chances of being accepted?

No. YYGS no longer accepts standardized test scores of any kind from any applicants, and we encourage other summer programs, colleges, and universities to make the same decision as they evolve their holistic admissions processes to be more equitable. Learn more about research and documentaries about this issue.

YYGS does offer the option for students to send in English fluency test scores (i.e. TOEFL and/or DuoLingo).

Where do I send standardized test score reports?

YYGS no longer accepts standardized test scores of any kind from any applicants, and we encourage other summer programs, colleges, and universities to make the same decision as they evolve their holistic admissions processes to be more equitable. Learn more about research and documentaries about this issue.

YYGS does offer the option for students to send in English fluency test scores (i.e. TOEFL and/or DuoLingo), which students can provide as part of our online application.

Do you have a minimum GPA requirement?

No.

I have some lower grades on my transcript in non-academic classes, such as art, physical education, or music because I’m just not artistic/athletic/musical/etc. – but my school requires those classes. Will that hurt my chances of being accepted?

Generally, no. Our program is an academic and leadership development experience, and we look primarily at your performance in academic classes and understand that different students have different strengths and talents beyond the classroom.

Who should I ask for letters of recommendation?

Generally, you want your recommender to be an adult (though, not a relative nor a friend) who knows you well and can write about you easily. YYGS understands that not everyone has such adults in their lives, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions about this.

At least one of your letters of recommendation must be from a teacher in an academic subject. Your second letter of recommendation may be from another teacher, a guidance counselor, school principal or head, academic advisor, program leader, or mentor. If your first choice is a social science session, we strongly suggest that at least one of your recommendations comes from a teacher in history or the social sciences/studies. If your first choice session is one of the STEM-focused sessions, we strongly suggest that at least one of your recommendations comes from a science teacher, and so on for the humanities sessions.

Letters of recommendation from parents, siblings, family friends, or paid private tutors/counselors are not acceptable.

Can I submit more than two letters of recommendation?

No, please submit only two letters of recommendation.

Can I submit other additional materials to strengthen my application?

No. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot process additional application materials (e.g. essays, visual media, published materials, photographs, etc.).

What is the application fee? If I am applying for need-based financial aid, do I need to pay the application fee?

 The application fee is $55 USD for Early Action applicants who apply by November 12, 2019, and $70 USD for Regular Decision applicants who apply by January 15, 2020. If paying the application fee would create a financial burden for your family, then you are encouraged to complete a fee waiver form as part of the need-based financial aid portion of your application. Applicants must meet certain criteria to be eligible for a fee waiver. Please contact us with any questions.

Where can I find the application fee waiver form?

This form MUST be submitted with the need-based financial aid portion of your application. Those not applying for financial aid money are not eligible to receive an application fee waiver.

I just heard about the program, but it is now past the 2020 application deadline. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications after our Regular Decision deadline passes (as in, we will NOT accept any applications after 11:59pm ET on January 15, 2020). If you remain eligible, we encourage you to apply for summer 2021.

How do I check if my application is complete?

You will receive a confirmation email within 24-48 hours of submitting your application, and we encourage you to continue logging onto your Applicant Status portal.

Where do I pay the application fee?

You must pay your application fee before you are able to submit your application. As long as your “Review” page has no errors, you may click the “Finalize and Pay” button and you will be taken to the payment gateway.

What methods of payment do you accept?

Please visit our “Required Components” website to review all methods of payment.

I don’t have a U.S. checking account or a debit / credit card.

YYGS partners with FlyWire to accept the following forms of payment:

  • DOMESTIC: payment in USD, including eChecks from U.S. bank account, or Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit or debit cards
  • INTERNATIONAL: payment in foreign currency, including bank wire, foreign credit or debit cards, and other native options, like Alipay and UnionPay

If you are having issues submitting your payment, please contact us with the details of your circumstances.

I am getting an error message when I try to submit my credit card information.

If you attempt to pay by credit card and it does not work, ensure that the name of the cardholder, billing address, card number, CVV security code, and expiration date are all accurate and all match. Also be sure you select the correct card type: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. If you select the wrong card type, your payment will not go through. You should also contact your bank to ensure they allow payments to be made through our payment portal.

The payment gateway may not accept credit cards issued in certain countries. If you believe your country of residence might be preventing you from submitting the payment to us, please email us and we will figure out the best way for you to submit the application fee.

For all students paying in a foreign currency through FlyWire, please contact FlyWire directly with any payment questions at https://help.flywire.com/hc/en-us.

I am being asked to pay the application fee, but I believe that I qualify for a fee waiver. What should I do?

If you have applied for need-based financial aid from our program, you may qualify for a fee waiver. Complete the application fee waiver form part of the need-based financial aid portion of your application. The admissions team will review all waivers and contact you if there is a problem with your qualification.
 

 

Application Process

My recommenders and my school official are not receiving emails.

Please ask them to first check their spam folders and to mark global.scholars@yale.edu as a safe sender. If the emails are not found, you can log back into your application, navigate to the appropriate tabs, click “Edit” next to each recommender or school official’s name, and send a reminder from the pop up box.  Alternatively, you may email us and we will resend the links to your recommenders and school official.

My recommenders and/or my school official have received emails with instructions on uploading the documents, but the links are broken or they are getting error messages.

Please instruct your recommenders and/or your school official to EMAIL us the documents at global.scholars@yale.edu with your full name and reference number in the subject line.

My school does not provide electronic/scanned transcripts and cannot upload to the online application. What do I do?

If your school can EMAIL your transcript to us, please have your school official send the document to global.scholars@yale.edu with your full name and reference number in the subject line.

If your school cannot provide any electronic copy of a student transcript, please have your school official MAIL (postmark date should be no later than January 15, 2020) a copy of your official transcript to:

Yale Young Global Scholars Program
Office of International Affairs
393 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT, USA  06511

Who counts as a school official?

The person you enter as a “school official” on your application should be an individual who has the ability to upload your school report/transcript to the application. In some cases, this might be a counselor, a counseling assistant or secretary, an assistant administrator, or other office assistant. Please check with your school if you are in doubt about who can provide an official copy of your transcript.

Can I provide more than two letters of recommendation?

We only require two letters of recommendation, and do not accept additional letters.

My school doesn’t calculate GPA (grade point average), but the application asks for GPA.Simply select “My school does not calculate GPA” in the selection list.

I haven’t taken any standardized tests. Can I still apply to the program?

YYGS no longer accepts standardized test scores of any kind from any applicants, and we encourage other summer programs, colleges, and universities to make the same decision as they evolve their holistic admissions processes to be more equitable. Learn more about research and documentaries about this issue.

YYGS does offer the option for students to send in English fluency test scores (i.e. TOEFL and/or DuoLingo), which students can provide as part of our online application.

Can I upload or send in a resume/activity list?

No, YYGS no longer accepts resumes. All applicants must complete the “Activities List” portion of the application as instructed.

Can I apply to more than one YYGS session?

Yes; however, you must rank your session preferences. Each participant may attend ONE session per calendar year.

I’m worried that my recommenders and/or school official will not get my documents in by January 15, 2020. Will this affect my application?

Out of the nearly 6,500 applications that YYGS received last year, the average time that it took recommenders and/or school officials to respond to requests was about 2-3 weeks. Please factor this in and give your recommenders and your school official sufficient time to complete and upload your recommendations and/or transcript. It is your responsibility to plan around any holidays or other interruptions that could delay your school official and/or recommenders.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept admissions materials past this extended deadline.

When will decisions be made on applications? How will applicants be notified?

Please visit our “Deadlines” website to review all of this information. When decisions are released, all applicants will be emailed an alert prompting them to check their Applicant Status portal.
 

Scholarships

How is need-based financial aid allocated?

YYGS provides need-based scholarships which are offered as a discount on tuition (up to $6300 USD, 100% of tuition). In order to qualify for our need-based financial aid, applicants must submit detailed financial information in their online applications.

Please refer to the Tuition & Aid page for more information regarding the financial aid application, including required documentation and deadlines. 

Will the financial aid from Yale cover my travel costs and related expenses?

No, with some exceptions. Please review this information on our “Need-Based Financial Aid” website and learn more about fundraising opportunities.

Does YYGS offer merit-based scholarships?

No.

I’m worried about being able to afford the program, but do not think I will qualify for a need-based financial aid. What should I do?

First, we recommend that you apply for our need-based financial aid if you think you will require any amount of assistance to cover the program tuition.

Second, we strongly suggest that you familiarize yourself with other funding resources. In the past, admitted students have had success approaching school officials, community leaders, local organizations, outside sponsors, and other family members for information about other funds that may be available to help you offset the cost of the program. Please refer to our fundraising manual to assist your planning activities.

 
 

International Students

I am a student who lives and attends school outside the United States. Can I participate in your program?

Yes! In fact, last year nearly 50% of students came from outside the United States and represented over 125 countries.

What countries have admitted students come from in the past?

YYGS has had student participants from all populated continents, and over 160 countries. Countries represented among YYGS alums include, but are not limited to:  Zimbabwe, Zambia, Yemen, Vietnam, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uganda, Turkey, Tunisia, Trinidad and Tobago, Togo, The Gambia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Re, The Bahamas, Thailand, Tanzania, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Syria, Switzerland, Sweden, Swaziland, Suriname, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Spain, South Sudan, South Korea, South Africa, Somalia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, San Marino, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Rwanda, Russia, Romania, Qatar, Portugal, Poland, Philippines, Peru, Paraguay, Panama, Palestine, Pakistan, Oman, Norway, North Korea, Nigeria, Niger, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nepal, Namibia, Myanmar, Mozambique, Morocco, Montenegro, Mongolia, Moldova, Mexico, Mauritius, Malaysia, Malawi, Madagascar, Macau S.A.R., Luxembourg, Lithuania, Libya, Lebanon, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Kosovo, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Japan, Jamaica, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, India, Iceland, Hungary, Hong Kong S.A.R., Honduras, Haiti, Guinea, Guatemala, Grenada, Greece, Ghana, Germany, Georgia, France, Finland, Ethiopia, Estonia, Eritrea, El Salvador, Egypt, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Denmark, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Curacao, Cuba, Croatia, Cote D’Ivoire, Costa Rica, Congo (Kinshasa), Colombia, China, Chile, Cayman Islands, Cape Verde, Canada, Cameroon, Cambodia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, British Virgin Islands, Brazil, Botswana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Benin, Belgium, Belarus, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Austria, Australia, Armenia, Argentina, Algeria, Albania, Aland Islands, and Afghanistan.

Are international students eligible for need-based financial aid?

Yes, international students may apply for a YYGS need-based financial aid. Please submit a written statement that explains in detail your need for scholarship money. We will need additional documentation, so please refer to the Tuition & Aid page for more information regarding required documentation and deadlines. 

As an international student who receives high school instruction in a language other than English, exactly how strong does my English need to be?

You must be able to do difficult, sustained academic work in English, including reading, writing, and speaking with a high level of fluency. For example, you need to be able to easily read a long article from a magazine such as The Economist and be able to discuss it easily with native English speakers. In addition, you need to be capable of writing an essay about the article so that your thoughts are clear, even if your grammar and spelling still have some mistakes.

In order to get to the program from my country, I need to arrive in the United States a little earlier than it starts and leave a little bit later. Does Yale offer any housing or other type of travel assistance in that case?

You may arrive at our program one day early for a nominal additional fee, but unfortunately you cannot arrive earlier than that, nor can you leave later than the program’s last day. The Yale campus is very busy year-round, and we do not have additional housing. If you are accepted into the program, however, we encourage you to reach out to us directly so that we can guide you as you make hotel and transportation arrangements. Special circumstances (for religious reasons, etc.) may be granted.

I know I need health insurance during the program, but as an international student I am not sure how to arrange that. Can you please provide additional details?

Tuition includes health insurance coverage for all participants of the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) program.

Can you please explain exactly what sort of visa I will need to enter the United States for the program, and what I need to do to get one?

Please visit our “Visa and ESTA” webpage in our “Student Life” section of the website.

 
 

Living at Yale

Can I leave campus during the program?

You are expected to be present in the program for all scheduled activities and there is limited free time during each session. During free time, students may not leave campus on their own, and must be accompanied by an adult who is either an immediate family member, Yale faculty or staff member (such as a coach), or an individual who has permission from the student’s parents or legal guardians to escort the student off campus. Before leaving, the student and off-campus escort must sign-out with a member of the YYGS staff.

Please review the “4. Check In Protocols and Attendance” section of our “Rules & Regulations” webpage in the “Student Life” section of our website.

What resources are available for me to use at Yale during the program?

In addition to the residential college space, program classrooms, and the dining hall, YYGS students have access to the Yale library, Yale electronic resources, the art museums, and (for a small fee) the gymnasium. Participants also have access to Yale wireless internet, Yale security forces and police, and the Yale Health Center.

Is there a curfew? What other rules are there? Are students always supervised by adults?

YYGS takes student safety and security very seriously and we provide students with 24/7 adult supervision. Students do have a nightly curfew, and must be inside the residential college gates by a certain time. Floor checks after 11pm are routine, and staff, including the Director of Residential Life, are accessible to participants at all hours. In order to maintain the safety of students at all times, we also have a program boundary that students may not move beyond without permission or staff escort. The boundary allows students access to most parts of the central Yale campus, as well as a number of shops and restaurants, including the Yale bookstore.

I have personal dietary restrictions. Will I be able to eat in the university dining halls?

Yes. The university dining halls can cater to personal dietary needs due to allergy or religious observance, and also offer a variety of vegetarian/vegan meal offerings.

I have a physical disability. Is the program accessible?

Yes, we use accessible housing (including common areas), dining halls, and classrooms, and the Yale campus is generally accessible to individuals with physical disabilities.

I am American but do not have health insurance, what should I do?

Health insurance is included in the tuition fee so you will be covered for the duration of the program.

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