The Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program was founded in 2001 as a small pre-collegiate summer program under the name Ivy Scholars. The 2012-13 name change from Ivy Scholars to Young Global Scholars reflects the program’s continuing mission to educate increasing numbers of international students and to expose students from the United States and abroad to global issues, international affairs, American government in comparative perspective, and policy leadership.

YYGS Historical Timeline:

  • In 2013, YYGS admitted 310 students to the Politics, Law, & Economics session and Studies in Grand Strategy session.
  • In Summer 2014, the Science, Policy, & Innovation session was added to the mix and the program expanded to accommodate 600 participants.
  • 2015 remained the same as 2014 with three sessions in New Haven serving 600 students. Studies in Grand Strategy was renamed to International Affairs & Security.
  • Summer 2016, due to overwhelming interest in STEM subjects and entrepreneurship, ran six distinct sessions, two were the flagship sessions and four were science and entrepreneurship focused: Applied Science & Engineering; Biological & Biomedical Science; Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship; and Sustainability, Energy, and Environment.
  • The inaugural YYGS-Beijing program ran in January 2016. This program is administered by Yale Center Beijing and takes place in Beijing, China.
  • Building off the success of 2016, YYGS offered six sessions to accomodate 1200 students with two new focuses in 2017: Frontiers of Math & Science and Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship.
  • The second YYGS-Beijing program ran in February 2017.
  • 2017 and 2018 remained the same as 2016 with six sessions in New Haven serving 1200 students. For Summer 2018, Frontiers of Math & Science was renamed to Frontiers of Science & Technology.
  • YYGS-Beijing was held in the summer of 2018.
  • For Summer 2019, due to student interest in the humanities, YYGS will run nine sessions in New Haven to accomodate more than 2,000 students with two new focuses in literature and the arts: Creative Arts & Media and Philosophy, Literature, & Culture. Politics, Law, & Economics will run twice throughout the summer.