Frequently Asked Questions


How many students participate in each session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program?

Each New Haven session can accomodate between 220-250 students. These sessions include Applied Science and Engineering (ASE), International Affairs and Security (IAS), Frontiers of Science and Technology (FST), Sustainable Development and Social Entrepreneurship (SDSE), Biological and Biomedical Science (BBS), Politics, Law, and Economics (PLE), Creative Arts & Media (CAM), and Literature, Policy, & Culture (LPC). 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 one of Yale’s historic residential colleges.

The Asia in the 21st Century (ATC)  session is limited to 90 students. This smaller program size ensures that program participants get to know each other on a more substantial level, and it promotes a strong sense of community amongst participants, instructors, and staff.

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

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program offers interdisciplinary, pre-collegiate sessions, not a course or courses. 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.

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 2018, YYGS accepted 24% of applicants for all six sessions. 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 February 6, 2019.

Do you have rolling admissions?

No. All applications will be reviewed at the same time after February 6, 2019.

How will applicants be notified of admissions decisions?

All applicants will receive an email with final admission decisions by early April.

Do you have early decision?

We no longer have an early application deadline for the program. Applications are due on February 6, 2019, and applicants will be notified of decisions by early April.

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.

Is there a wait list?

Yes, and if you are placed on the wait list, you will be notified of that fact when admissions decisions are released. Due to the very high percentage of admitted students who matriculate into the program, YYGS will admit the exact number of students as there are spaces available in each session. If and when any admitted students decide not to attend the program, we will admit applicants from the wait list; however, we cannot predict how many students may be offered admission from the wait list.

What do I do if I am on the wait list?

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 wait list, and you may remove yourself from our wait list at any time. Because students are occasionally unable to attend the program for emergency reasons, we may accept students off the wait list just days before a session begins.

How can I best prepare for my Yale Young Global Scholars Program 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. You can also purchase items from the YYGS online store in preparation for your visit!

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

Yes, if you are interested in participating in YYGS for Summer 2019, you will need to reapply to the program. We no longer offer deferred admission to the program. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.

Will attending the Yale Young Global Scholars Program help me get into Yale College as an undergraduate?

The admissions process for our Yale Young Global Scholars Program 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.



I am currently a senior in high school or will be finishing my final year of secondary school before summer 2019. Can I still apply?

No. 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 2019 YYGS, eligible applicants will graduate high school in May /June 2020 or May /June 2021.

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 2019 or December 2020.

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 students.

I’m currently an academically advanced freshman in high school (or younger), and I really want to attend the YYGS program in summer 2019. 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 Program experience in a single summer?

Due to high levels of interest in the program, we do not admit students to multiple YYGS sessions in one summer.

Can I participate in Yale Young Global Scholars Program in multiple summers?

Yes, as long as you are otherwise eligible, it is possible to participate in two different sessions of YYGS, one as a rising junior and another as a rising senior. Admission is not automatic for previous participants, however.

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

No, you may not repeat sessions of YYGS.

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

Yes, it is possible for students to apply to both programs using the same online application form. However, please be advised that students can only be offered admission to one program, not both.

If you decide to apply for both programs, please be sure you meet the eligibility requirements for both. The YYAS application requirements include one completed application form, an activities list, one 500-word essay and three short responses, one teacher recommendation letter, and a transcript or grade report for each year of secondary school. There is no cost to apply for, or to participate in YYAS. If you choose to apply for YYGS as well, you must submit an additional letter of recommendation, unofficial standardized test scores if available (these are optional and not required), and an application fee which may be waived if you complete the need-based financial aid portion of the application and are applying for financial assistance to attend YYGS.

The $60 YYGS application fee does NOT apply to individuals who are only applying to YYAS.

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

We certainly 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.



I can’t access the online application. Help!

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. Although standardized test scores are often very useful in gauging an applicant’s academic achievement and potential, we understand that some students will not have standardized test scores available yet. However, we expect applicants who have received standardized test scores to report those scores to us.

Where do I send standardized test score reports?

We do not require official score reports from College Board. Please report your unofficial scores directly in the online application.

Do you have a minimum GPA requirement?


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?

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?

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 a scholarship, do I need to pay the application fee?

 The application fee is $60. If paying the application fee would create a financial burden for your family, then you must complete a fee waiver form, which can be found here, and upload it with the scholarship portion of your application. Applicants must meet certain criteria, in addition to applying for scholarship money, to be eligible for a fee waiver. Please contact us with any questions.

Where can I find the application fee waiver form?

You may download the application fee waiver form here. This form MUST be submitted with the scholarship portion of your application. Those not applying for scholarship money are not eligible to receive an application fee waiver.

I just heard about the program, but it is now past the 2019 application deadline. Can I still apply?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications after the deadline has passed. If you remain eligible, we encourage you to apply for summer 2020.

How do I check if my application is complete?

Your homepage on will indicate your application status.

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?

We accept eChecks from checking accounts at U.S. banks, as well as credit card payments from Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover debit cards.

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.

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 and upload it with 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 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 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 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 February 6, 2019) 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?

Yes, standardized test scores are optional. You will not be penalized in any way for not submitting standardized test scores.

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

Yes, there is an option to upload a resume in the “Activities List” section of the application. Your resume must be limited to one page in order for it to be reviewed.

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 February 6, 2019. Will this affect my application?

Please give your recommenders and your school official sufficient time to complete and upload your recommendations and/or transcript. Due to extenuating circumstances, YYGS has extended the application materials submission deadline to February 8, 2019 at 12:00PM EST. Unfortunately, we cannot accept admissions materials past this extended deadline.

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

We will notify all applicants in early April. Notifications will be sent directly to students using the primary email address provided in your application.


How is need-based financial aid allocated?

YYGS provides need-based scholarships which are offered as a discount on tuition (up to $6,250 USD, 100% of tuition). In order to qualify for our need-based scholarships, 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, financial aid covers tuition only.

Does YYGS offer merit-based scholarships?


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 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 100 countries.

What countries have admitted students come from in the past?

YYGS has had student participants from all populated continents. Countries represented among YYGS alums include, but are not limited to:  Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Angola, Rwanda, Russia, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Greece, Germany, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Peru, and Brazil.

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 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?

If you hold a passport from a country in the Visa Waiver Program, you do not need a visa to attend YYGS, however you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. Visit the ESTA webpage on the CBP website for more information. For list of countries in the Visa Waiver Program visit:

For others, because of our two-week format, students typically come on a B-2 Business Visitor visa for educational travel (a student visa is not required because the program is not credit-granting). It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the necessary visas and meet the requirements for entry into the United States, which you can review here:

Our program provides students with a letter for visa purposes, confirming students’ program acceptance and dates. We will send these letters to students who require them. Please know that students must pay their tuition in full before we can provide them with visa letters.


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.

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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