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APPLY NOW for the 2021 Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) program!

Application Deadline

11:59 PM ET on November 10, 2020

Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is an academic enrichment program for outstanding high school students from around the world. Each summer, students from over 130 countries (including all 50 U.S. states) participate in one interdisciplinary, two-week session at Yale’s historic campus. Immerse yourself in a global learning community at Yale University.

Yale Young Global Scholars empowers the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding and inspire creative action across all borders.


Age: Be at least 16 years old by July 19, 2021 (first day of Session III).* English Fluency Be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English. Grade Level: Be a current high school sophomore or junior (or international equivalent). Graduation Date: Be graduating in May/June 2022 or 2023 from the Northern Hemisphere, or in Nov./Dec. 2021 or 2022 from the Southern Hemisphere. YYGS Participation: Be a first-time participant in YYGS. If you have participated in any YYGS session during a previous summer (e.g., 2020, 2019), then you are not eligible to participate during YYGS 2021.

Please note: If you previously applied to YYGS but were not offered admission or were unable attend AND you meet the eligibility criteria noted above, then you are encouraged to re-apply for YYGS 2021.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition Breakdown: Program tuition for one, 2-week session is  $6,500 USD, which includes instruction, housing on one of Yale’s historic residential colleges in New Haven, three meals per day, and optional health insurance. Travel costs are not included in program tuition.

Payment Deadlines: A non-refundable deposit of $3,500 USD is due on January 7, 2021 for Early Action admits, and March 15, 2021, for Regular Decision admits. The remaining tuition balance of $3,000 USD is due on April 8, 2021, for both Early Action and Regular Decision students.


Thanks to generous donors, YYGS is able to offer a limited number of Scholarships, which are Need-Based Financial Aid packages that cover full-tuition ($6,500 USD) and travel costs. Please note that the majority of students who apply for need-based financial aid receive significant tuition discounts and then fundraise to cover travel expenses, as only a limited number of scholarships are available each year. Learn more by viewing our free Financial Aid webinar(link is external) online.

Required Application Components:

YYGS reviews all applications holistically. Our staff understands that students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and with different educational and extracurricular opportunities. As a result, the essays and letters of recommendation are the most important parts of the application.

All students must submit the following application components:

  • Activities list

  • One 400-word essay and one 200-word response

  • Two “fast take” responses (280 characters each)

  • Official school transcript

  • Two Recommenders (who will complete YYGS Recommendation Forms* ONLY)

  • Application fee** ($60 for Early Action, $75 for Regular Decision)

  • You must click the Finalize & Pay button on the “Review” page for your application to be considered.

  • OPTIONAL: English fluency test scores (TOEFL or DuoLingo)***

  • OPTIONAL: Need-based financial aid***


Click APPLY NOW to start your YYGS application

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