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 post-graduation, as well as a large and growing number of fellowships to support students abroad.
Students may seek advice about summer or term-time study abroad and fellowship funding from the Center for International and Professional Experience. Summer courses abroad are offered by Yale Summer Session and by eligible outside programs through Summer Abroad. Advice about internships abroad is available from Undergraduate Career Services. Students may search for all grants and fellowships at Yale that support international activities on the Yale Grants and Fellowships Web site. 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 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 email@example.com. See also British Studies under Subjects of Instruction.
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 in University of London dormitories. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. See also Yale-in-London Summer Program in the Academic Regulations.
Peking University–Yale University Joint Undergraduate Program
Established in 2006, the Peking University–Yale University Joint Undergraduate Program in Beijing provides Yale students the unique opportunity to study and live with Chinese students on the Peking University campus. The program is open to Yale College sophomores, juniors, and, in some cases, first-term seniors, and to Peking University Yuanpei College students. The program accepts students from all majors for the fall or spring term or for the academic year. A term at Peking University carries full Yale course credit and counts as a term of enrollment. No prior Chinese language knowledge is necessary for Yale participants, although each student is required to take a Chinese language course at the appropriate level while in the program. All other courses, in a variety of disciplines, are taught in English by Yale and Peking University faculty members. Students with advanced proficiency in Chinese may take courses offered in Chinese for Peking University students. Students from both universities live as roommates in a residence hall on the Peking University campus. Further information is available on the program's Web site. See also Peking University–Yale University Joint Undergraduate Program under Subjects of Instruction.
The MacMillan Center
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale is the University's focal point for encouraging and coordinating teaching and research on international affairs and on 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 provides seven undergraduate majors, including six focused on world regions: African Studies, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Modern Middle East Studies, Russian and East European Studies, and South Asian Studies. The seventh major, Global Affairs, concerns regions around the world. Language training is integral to each of the majors.
The MacMillan Center brings 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 showcases 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 institutionalize the teaching of global affairs throughout the University and to inspire and prepare Yale students for global citizenship and leadership. The Institute administers the undergraduate major in Global Affairs, a stand-alone major 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 a group of Senior Fellows, outstanding practitioners and experts in global affairs who teach courses and are available to consult with students on their career plans. The Jackson Institute's career services office specializes in helping students locate internships and career placement in areas of international affairs. For further information, consult the Jackson Institute Web site.