On-campus engagement is coupled by international experiences available to all students. In 2012 the Institute of International Education noted that more Yale undergraduates have an international experience than those at any other Ivy or AAU institution. Yale College’s Center for International & Professional Experience (CIPE) assists students so that all undergraduates have the opportunity to study, work, or conduct independent research abroad; more than 1,300 go abroad each year. The University supports and facilitates faculty research and collaborations with colleagues and institutions around the world, creating opportunities for multi-disciplinary, transatlantic research, and education. Photograph by Damian Weikum.
Yale is extensively involved in international studies, offering over fifty foreign languages and more than 600 courses related to international affairs. On campus, the academic study of and engagement with the international world is also facilitated through the numerous centers that make international affairs pervasive throughout the University’s curriculum. 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 global affairs, regions, and cultures around the world.
Yale University has had a longer and deeper relationship with China than any other university in the United States. Its ties to China date to 1835 when Yale graduate Peter Parker opened China’s first Western style hospital, the Ophthalmic Infirmary, in Guangzhou. In addition to his pioneering work as a physician, Parker was one of the first Yale graduates to chronicle daily life in China. His papers and medical illustrations, now housed in the Yale Medical Library, sparked the interest of Yale’s students and faculty in China. This unique relationship has grown dramatically over the years through joint educational and research projects, student and faculty exchange programs, and an ever increasing number of Chinese students and scholars at Yale.
President Peter Salovey announced the Yale Africa Initiative in his inaugural address in October 2013 and signaled that Yale’s engagement with Africa should be an important dimension of Yale’s missions of research, teaching, and service. The goals of the initiative are to expand scholarship on Africa at Yale, to increase the number of African students at Yale while securing support for financial aid for their studies, and to establish mutually beneficial partnerships between Yale and African institutions.
GHI is a multidisciplinary effort to bring together and integrate global health research and education throughout Yale to improve health globally. For students, GHI provides coordination among outstanding educational offerings in global health and supports field based programs and internships across the university. For faculty, GHI catalyzes interdisciplinary research and advances international partnerships and leadership in global health. This is accomplished largely through the Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI), which brings together faculty, policymakers, and practitioners across disciplines to advance research, policy, and practice in global health.
Yale offers significant financial assistance to international students to cover tuition costs as it does with students from the U.S. Each school at Yale has its own procedures for applying for financial assistance or fellowships. Please contact directly the school to which you are applying for their list of fellowships and financial aid opportunities. Learn more about applying to Yale.