More than 15,000 Yale graduates and affiliates live outside the United States in over 175 countries. Yale’s graduate or alumni network is made up of people who have received a degree from one of Yale’s schools or departments. Affiliates, those who have been visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows on campus, or participants in one of Yale’s distinguished programs like the Yale World Fellows program or the Senior Leadership Programs, remain part of the Yale community even after leaving campus.
Below are several ways for Yale graduates and affiliates to stay connected to the University and to the Yale network world wide:
The AYA provides a channel for communication between graduates and affiliates and the University. They create and help manage a number of programs and associations that cultivate Yale’s network world wide.
With 40 international Yale Clubs and Associations, these regional groups of Yale graduates, students, parents and friends are run by volunteers and reflect Yale’s core values of education, community, and service. Through the clubs, connect with friends old and new, continue lifelong learning, give back to your local community and explore professional opportunities. Make use of this valuable resource when you travel or move by contacting the local Yale Club President!
Every year, over 4,000 members of the Yale community volunteer for the Yale Day of Service to help make their neighborhoods a better place. Thousands of graduates and friends participate by serving food in soup kitchens, tutoring school children, cleaning up parks and beaches, building houses for the homeless, providing support to orphan children, and so much more.
Led by a volunteer board, Yale Alumni Service Corps (YASC) builds on the diverse talents and energies of volunteer graduates, affiliates, students, and friends of Yale to offer services to communities in need around the world. Projects vary from construction to medicine, education, athletics, small business consulting, and more. These programs provide opportunities to work alongside people in the local community, enjoy meaningful cross-cultural exchange, and form incredible bonds with fellow graduates who share a passion for service.
Yale Educational Travel (YET) provides outstanding travel experiences for Yale alumni, family and friends by combining fascinating itineraries, talented Yale faculty, interesting and congenial traveling companions, expert guides, and unusual opportunities and events. Each year YET offers 45-50 exciting itineraries designed to explore the marvels of the world and reconnect alumni to Yale and to each other. Recent trips led by Yale faculty from across the university have taken participants around the world to learn about Mayan artifacts with Dean Mary Miller, to explore Cuba with Professor Alan Plattus of the School of Architecture, and to discover lesser known sites of Rome with Professor Diana Kleiner.
The Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange (YaleGALE) is a strategic initiative of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) that seeks the advancement of higher education through graduate engagement and volunteer leadership. YaleGALE volunteers share best practices in graduate relations and foster rich cultural understanding with graduates from other world leading universities.
The Yale International Alliance (YIA) is an Alumni Shared Interest Group whose mission is to celebrate the international experience, and inspire alumni and students to be global citizens. The YIA website and social media form a network for the Yale family to connect with each other and share the exciting things that alumni, students and faculty are doing around the globe.