International Experience

While students can be introduced to the dynamics of a globalizing world through the course offerings at Yale, experience abroad is an invaluable complement to academic training. Such experience may include course work at foreign universities, intensive language training, directed research, independent projects, internships, laboratory work, and volunteer service. Yale College provides a variety of international opportunities during term time, summers, and postgraduation, as well as a large and growing number of fellowships to support students abroad.

Students can visit the Center for International and Professional Experience to explore options for study abroad, search for international internships and careers, and seek funding for study, research, and work experiences off campus. Summer courses abroad are offered by Yale Summer Session and by eligible outside programs through Summer Abroad. Students on financial aid may be eligible for summer funding through the International Summer Award program.

Year or Term Abroad

In recognition of the special value of formal study abroad, Yale College allows juniors and second-term sophomores to earn a full year or term of credit toward the bachelor’s degree through the Year or Term Abroad program. Participation in the program provides students the opportunity to approach academic study through a different cultural perspective and, most significantly, to speak, write, and learn in a foreign language. Students apply to the Yale College Committee on the Year or Term Abroad for approval of a program of study abroad. The pertinent application procedures and regulations are listed under Special Arrangements in the Academic Regulations. Additional information is available from the Study Abroad office in the Center for International and Professional Experience.


The Yale-in-London program offers spring-term courses in British culture and society at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, located in central London. The program is open to undergraduates, carries full Yale course credit, and counts as a term of enrollment. Instruction is designed to take advantage of the cultural resources of London and its environs, with regular field trips (including overnight stays) to museums, historic houses, and other sites of interest. Accommodations are provided for students in shared apartments. Further information is available on the program’s Web site, or from the Yale-in-London office at the Yale Center for British Art, or by e-mail to

Yale-in-London Summer Program

Yale-in-London offers two overlapping summer sessions at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, each lasting six weeks. There are two courses in each session, with topics in history, history of art, architecture, literature, and drama. The courses are open to undergraduates and carry full Yale course credit, although enrollment in Yale-in-London summer session does not count as a term of enrollment in Yale College. Overnight field trips may be included. Accommodations are provided. Course descriptions and further information are available on the program’s Web site, or from the Yale-in-London office at the Yale Center for British Art, or by e-mail to

The MacMillan Center

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale is the University’s focal point for promoting teaching and research on all aspects of international affairs, societies, and cultures around the world. It brings together scholars from relevant schools and departments to provide comparative and problem-oriented teaching and research on regional, international, and global issues. The MacMillan Center oversees six undergraduate majors: African Studies, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Modern Middle East Studies, Russian and East European Studies, and South Asian Studies. Language training is integral to each of the majors.

The MacMillan Center invites visiting scholars to Yale each year from a range of disciplines and countries; awards financial support to Yale students studying languages or traveling abroad; and sponsors lectures, conferences, workshops, symposia, films, and art events. The Center also produces The MacMillan Report, an Internet show that features Yale faculty in international and area studies. Further information about the MacMillan Center is available on the Center’s Web site.

Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

The Jackson Institute’s mission is to inspire and prepare Yale students for global citizenship and leadership. The Institute administers the undergraduate major in Global Affairs, with tracks in international development and international security. In addition, the Institute offers a number of courses that are open to students in Yale College, including GLBL 101, Gateway to Global Affairs.

Each year the Jackson Institute hosts Senior Fellows, leading practitioners and experts in global affairs who teach courses, give public lectures, and are available to consult with students on their career plans. The Jackson Institute’s career services office serves as a resource for Yale College students contemplating careers in public service and other areas of global affairs. For further information, consult the Institute’s Web site.