Our Program


Yale Young Global Scholars emphasizes an open, exploratory, and collaborative approach to learning. Our program is designed to allow students to experience learning in a variety of different university contexts, from large lectures to small seminars, and even the spontaneous learning that happens in dining halls and around campus.
  • With no grades or course credit, YYGS encourages students to approach all aspects of the program creatively with the understanding that they set their own limits. Students receive an electronic certificate of completion at the end of the session.
  • The diverse and inclusive community at YYGS enhances learning by inviting students to analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Living and learning alongside peers from around the world allows students to broaden their own world views by learning about countries and cultures they have never encountered before.
  • Living in Yale’s residential college gives students a taste of life at Yale University. Participants explore Yale’s campus and the surrounding area during their down time.

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum ties together all YYGS sessions and is the foundation of the academic program at YYGS. Students work with a different group of peers within different learning contexts, which allows for a wide range of peer-to-peer interaction within each session. These learning contexts include:

Lectures Hear from accomplished Yale faculty and leading practitioners about the most important and relevant topics in their fields.
Breakout Sessions Dig deeper into lecture content by sharing knowledge, posing questions, and brainstorming real-world implications with a small group of peers.
Seminars Pursue your passion or find a new one through the 1000+ unique and exciting seminars offered each summer.
Capstone Project Gain in-depth exposure to a particular area of interest through a session-long collaborative research project under the mentorship and guidance of YYGS instructional staff.
YYGS Family Time Develop strong bonds with fellow scholars from around the world while exploring Yale’s campus and taking advantage of Yale’s residential spaces, including fun on the courtyards, outings to local shops, and time for lawn games and boardgames!