International Experience

Experience abroad is an invaluable complement to the on-campus experience. Such experience may include course work at foreign universities, intensive language study, directed research, independent projects, internships, laboratory work, and volunteer service. To augment students' education in a globalizing world, Yale College provides a variety of international opportunities during term time, summers, and post-graduation, as well as a large and growing number of fellowships to financially support students abroad. Students can visit the Yale Study Abroad, Office of Career Strategy, and Yale Fellowships and Funding websites to explore options for study abroad, search for international internships and careers, and seek funding for study, research, and work experiences off campus.

Summer Abroad

Summer courses abroad are offered through Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad and Yale in London. Students may also apply through Yale Study Abroad to earn credit from eligible outside summer study abroad programs. Students receiving financial aid are eligible for summer funding (one summer) through the International Study Award (ISA) 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. Students apply to Yale Study Abroad for approval of a program of study abroad. The pertinent application procedures and regulations are listed in the Academic Regulations, section K, Special Academic Programs. Additional information is available from the Yale Study Abroad office.

Yale in London

The Yale in London program offers spring-term courses that explore the arts, politics, and culture in Britain through its diasporic and global histories. Based at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, located in central London, the program offers an opportunity to engage closely with London and the United Kingdom’s museums, collections, and spaces. The program is open to all undergraduates, including seniors. Courses in the program are considered Yale course credits, so students who have already studied abroad and have exhausted their transfer credits can still participate in Yale in London. Further information is available on the program website, from the Yale in London office at the Yale Center for British Art, or by email to

Yale in London Summer Program

Yale in London offers two overlapping summer sessions at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in central London, each lasting six weeks. There are two courses in each session, which explore the arts, politics, and culture in Britain and its diasporic and global histories. The courses are open to all undergraduates, including seniors, and carry full Yale course credit, although enrollment in a Yale in London summer session does not count as a term of enrollment in Yale College. Course descriptions and further information are available on the program website, from the Yale in London office at the Yale Center for British Art, or by email 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. Further information about the MacMillan Center is available on the Yale MacMillan Center website.