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Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) is an academic enrichment program for outstanding high school students from around the world. Each summer, students from over 150 countries (including all 50 U.S. states) participate in one interdisciplinary, two-week session online or at Yale’s historic campus. Immerse yourself in a global learning community at Yale University.

Yale Young Global Scholars emphasizes an open, exploratory, and collaborative approach to learning. Our program is designed to allow students to experience learning in a variety of different university contexts, from large lectures to small seminars, and even the spontaneous learning that happens outside the classroom in conversations with one another.

  • With no grades or course credit, YYGS encourages students to approach all aspects of the program creatively with the understanding that they set their own limits. Students receive an electronic certificate of completion at the end of the session.

  • The diverse and inclusive community at YYGS enhances learning by inviting students to analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Living and learning alongside peers from around the world allows students to broaden their own world views by learning about countries and cultures they have never encountered before.

  • Exploring Yale: typically, participants live on campus, explore surrounding areas and take advantage of opportunities that the Yale community offers. In YYGS Online, students experience Opportunities Across Yale (OAY) virtual events designed to provide access to libraries, labratories, and more.

For YYGS Online students, program tuition for one, 2-week session is $3,500 USD.


  1. Be at least 16 years old by July 19, 2022 (first day of Session III).

  2. Be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English.

  3. Be a current high school sophomore or junior (or international equivalent).

  4. Be graduating in May/June 2023 or 2024 from the Northern Hemisphere, or in Nov./Dec. 2022 or 2023 from the Southern Hemisphere.

  5. Be a first-time participant in YYGS. If you have participated in a YYGS session during a previous summer** (2020 and prior), then you are not eligible to participate during YYGS 2022.


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 and $75 for Regular Decision - YYGS will waive the application fee if it constitutes a significant financial burden for the student’s family.)

  • You must click the Submit Application button on the “Review” page for your application to be considered.

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

  • OPTIONAL: Need-based financial aid****


We encourage students to check out our free YYGS 2022 Financial Aid Webinar(link is external) (after you register, the recording will be provided in your browser) for detailed information.

Thanks to generous donors, YYGS is able to offer a limited number of Scholarships, which are Need-Based Financial Aid packages that cover nearly full-tuition (with $50 USD contribution from family, if possible).

Please note that the majority of students who apply for need-based financial aid receive significant tuition discounts and then fundraise to cover any additional costs, as only a limited number of scholarships are available each year.

In order to be considered for one of these scholarships (below), you MUST have completed the entire online YYGS Application, including the Need-Based Financial Aid portion, by January 10, 2022. As part of reviewing your financial aid request, YYGS staff will automatically review whether or not you meet any of our 2022 scholarships’ eligibility requirements, and contact you when decisions are released by mid-March (learn more about Early Action deadlines).

2022 YYGS Scholarships includes:

Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Alumni Scholarship Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Alumni Scholarships will be awarded to selected students who completed the YYAS program in any summer prior to 2022. The scholarship covers full tuition costs for students to attend any of the YYGS sessions offered in 2022.

Young Leaders (YL) Scholarship YL Scholarships will be awarded to selected students in the U.S. and internationally who self-identify as at least ONE of the following:

  • Black or African American (including Africa and the Caribbean)

  • Hispanic and/or Latino/Latina/Latinx

  • Members of Indigenous peoples, nations, and/or communities

  • Refugees*

The scholarship covers full tuition costs for students to attend any of the YYGS sessions offered in 2022.

*A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.


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