YYGS Connect

Experience Our Virtual Program

In an effort to remain globally diverse and accessible for all students, YYGS will host sessions online for summer 2021. Given that it is not possible to offer a globally represented campus experience, YYGS staff have worked hard to make our virtual program, YYGS Connect, a collaborative, engaging, and enriching experience. Last year’s virtual program was incredibly diverse and included participants from over 130 countries and all 50 U.S. states. We are dedicated to a curriculum that remains intensive and collaborative, while continuing to foster connections from across the globe.

Summer Schedule (Two-Week Sessions)

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Program Questions

What are the benefits of attending YYGS Connect? 

Participants will take part in a virtual program that is designed to be as rigorous and intellectually rewarding as our on-campus experience. During YYGS Connect, students will average 20 hours a week (with weekends off) and participate in Yale faculty lectures, small-scale seminars, simulations and more. All students who have successfully completed the program will receive an electronic completion certificate.

What software do I need to participate?

All participants must have a computer, web camera, and working WiFi. Students CANNOT attend the program using a mobile phone. Participants will be required to access Zoom, and you can check if this program will work on your computer here: Zoom Software Capability Link. Students will also be required to access Canvas, which requires a working email address.

What is the attendance policy, especially with time zone constraints?

We have created “Yale morning (AM)” and “Yale evening (PM)” tracks that work for most time zones. Students will have the opportunity to give preference for which track works best for them. 

YYGS Connect has a strict attendance policy, and students must attend ALL program components to earn their completion certificate. If you have a time zone constraint during the program, you must request an excused absence from YYGS. If approved, we will provide a recording for you that you must watch within 24 hours. Please know that some program elements require mandatory attendance and students will not be excused from these requirements.

What is the program cost? Are students eligible for financial aid?

The total cost for a two-week session of YYGS Connect 2021 is $3500 USD.

We 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. 

Note: YYGS tuition payments are non-refundable except in extreme circumstances, such as family medical emergency where documentation (e.g. a doctor’s note from a non-family member) is provided to YYGS.

YYGS YouTube

  • Kriszta V. from NY, USA, attended our Politics, Law & Economics session last summer. During her time as a participant, she joined the YYGS media team and created a video documenting her cohort’s experience as virtual YYGS students.