The following individuals may audit Yale College undergraduate courses (numbered 100-499) free of charge with permission of the instructor.

  • Students enrolled full time in Yale College or in one of the graduate or professional schools of the University. Full-time students should contact the instructor directly for permission; with approval of the instructor, no form or additional permission is needed.
  • Current members of the Yale faculty and emeritus faculty: the permission of the instructor is the only requirement; no form or additional permission is needed.
  • Spouses of full-time Yale faculty members, or of emeritus faculty, or of students enrolled full time in the University must obtain permission of the instructor and complete an auditing form (details below).
  • Employees of the University and their spouses, in accordance with applicable personnel policies must obtain the permission of both their instructor and the employee’s supervisor and complete an auditing form (details below). 
  • Spouses of postdoctoral associates and fellows must obtain permission of the instructor and complete an auditing form (details below). 

Auditors (other than full-time students or current and emeritus faculty) must submit a Yale College Auditing Course form with the appropriate signatures to claire.schlegel@yale.edu and j.silverman@yale.edu.

Yale university alumni and their spouses may audit Yale College courses for a fee. Please visit the Yale Alumni Auditing Program web page for additional information and procedures.

The auditing of Yale undergraduate courses is restricted to the categories listed above. Students on a leave of absence, or who are not fully enrolled, are not eligible to audit Yale College courses.

  • Note: For Fall 2020, only remote auditing is available.

FAQs

Which courses may I audit?

Yale College (undergraduate) courses (i.e., courses numbered between 100-499 only). First-year and Residential College Seminars are not open to auditors.

May I audit a graduate school or professional school course?

The Yale Affiliate Auditing Program offers access to undergraduate courses only. To audit graduate or professional school courses (i.e., courses numbered 500-999), contact that graduate or professional school directly.

Is permission of the instructor required?

Yes. Your course instructor must sign your auditing form before you may begin auditing. [In lieu of a written signature, you may instead forward the instructor’s email approval when you submit the form.] Once you obtain the instructor’s approval, email the completed form to clare.schlegel@yale.edu and j.silverman@yale.edu. Please note that instructors may set their own auditing policies, and that some accept auditors, while others do not.

Where do I find Yale undergraduate course information?

The Yale College Programs of Study contains a detailed description of the courses offered in Yale College. Online listings are available through Yale Course Search.

When is my auditing form due?

Yale Undergraduate Auditing forms are due on the last day that undergraduate course schedules are due each term; please review the Yale College Calendar of Pertinent Deadlines.

Will I receive course credit for the courses I audit?

Auditors do not earn course credits. If you wish to take classes for credit, please consider applying to the Non-Degree Students Program.

Are there any restrictions or limitations for auditors?

Persons auditing courses with limited laboratory or computer facilities must secure the explicit permission of the instructor to do so, and should understand that regularly enrolled students must at all times have priority in using such facilities. Computer or language laboratory facilities should be employed by auditors only during times when they are not in heavy demand, and in certain courses charges for computer use may be necessary. General access to the campus computing network may not be available to auditors.

It is the usual expectation that an auditor does not take tests or examinations or write papers for a course for evaluation by the instructor. Occasionally, however, an auditor may wish to do such work and may request the instructor to evaluate it. If the instructor wishes to cooperate with the auditor in this way, the instructor does so on a voluntary basis and not as an obligation.

The University Registrar’s Office does not keep a record of courses audited. It is not possible, therefore, for a student’s transcript to show that a course has been audited, or for a transcript to be issued that records the auditing of a course.