YYGS Announces Virtual Program for Summer 2021

October 28, 2020

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is announcing its decision to host all 2021 sessions virtually. At YYGS, our top priority is protecting the health and safety of students, instructors, and staff in our community. Additionally, we recognize that our program’s mission includes a commitment to prioritizing global diversity and program accessibility for this upcoming summer session.

Our online program, YYGS Connect, will closely mirror and build upon last year’s online model. Summer 2020 was incredibly diverse and included participants from over 130 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Students were able to deeply engage with one another during live academic program components, within private official YYGS Facebook groups, and as members of the YYGS social media team. We are dedicated to continuing to find creative ways to foster global connections in a virtual setting, and we are excited to work together with our incredible scholars and instructors in these efforts.

Participants will take part in a curriculum that is designed to be as rigorous and intellectually rewarding as our on-campus experience. This programming includes access to Yale campus resources through our Opportunities Across Yale (OAY) virtual events, which connect students to libraries, campus departments, faculty, and more. During YYGS Connect, students will average 20 hours a week (with weekends off) and participate in live Yale faculty lectures, small-scale seminars, simulations and more. All students who successfully complete the program will receive an electronic completion certificate.

“Even though our daughter couldn’t have the in-person experience because of the pandemic, she left each online class feeling like she had been pushed to think critically and brainstorm ideas to solve many different global challenges. We got to learn something new every night at dinner as she enthusiastically brought up the discussions she had in class. Additionally, YYGS made sure that the transition to an online platform was as seamless as possible. The program managers were extremely organised and supportive throughout the session. YYGS was definitely the best and most enriching summer experience she’s ever had.” -Nelson S., YYGS Connect (2020), Parent

Similar to last year, students will participate in a morning or afternoon track that best suits their time zone. YYGS Connect has a strict attendance policy, and students must attend all program components to earn their completion certificate. Interested students can view tentative schedules on the YYGS Connect webpage.

“Despite [YYGS] going virtual due to the pandemic, I was able to meet a diverse group of people from all over the world, who had their own unique sets of beliefs. To this day, I am still talking to the people that I have met from the two week program, and I continue to meet more alums through the alumni network.” -Eric L., YYGS Connect (2020), Student

Program tuition is significantly adjusted to account for the virtual offering. The total cost for a two-week session of YYGS Connect 2021 is $3,500 USD. YYGS still plans to award financial aid (in partial or full tuition discounts) to students with demonstrated need. To be considered for financial aid, students must complete the financial aid section of the YYGS admissions application.

YYGS staff will host a live webinar next week to discuss our virtual program in more detail. Guest speakers will include a YYGS lecturer, instructor, and alumnus who attended YYGS Connect last year. Sign-up for the webinar here.

The deadline to apply is November 10, 2020 (Early Action) and January 12, 2021 (Regular Decision).

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