||Yale Summer Academy
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Project Description

Yale Summer Academy


An Ivy League campus, culture and instruction are yours over two-weeks at Yale University. Tap into thought leaders and learn to enact change at one of America’s most prestigious universities.

Sponsored by Yale University, the Yale Summer Academy is an immersive, innovative academic experience for high school students, designed to develop the next generation’s top thinkers and change-makers. During this sought-after program, you’ll spend two weeks applying interdisciplinary knowledge and reasoning to mission-minded planning. Working in groups, you’ll zero in on a social, local or global issue, then collaborate to develop a fully executed plan to effect positive change. The program culminates in a social entrepreneurship focused initiative presented at the Program Symposium held on Yale’s campus, and open to family and friends.

A rotation of academic enrichment classes is woven throughout these two weeks, imparting all necessary reasoning, rationale and topic-related knowledge. From policy to public speaking, you’ll emerge with a stronger sense of the world around you and its relationship to your own strengths and skills. Classes are supplemented with daily “Explore Yale” breakout sessions that introduce you to Yale’s most celebrated and picturesque museums, libraries and landmarks.

Location: Yale University
Grades: 10 -11
(Ages: 15 – 16)
Program Dates: July 7 – July 20
Session Length: 2 Weeks

The application opens on November 23, 2018.

Residential Tuition: $5,195


Trip to New York City
Enrichment Style Courses
Business Leaders Judging the Program Symposium
Countries Students are From

“Yale Summer Academy was one of the BEST experiences of my life.”

Tamie T., Student

“Gen Z is using technology to learn about the world. This generation consists of global thinkers who are socially conscious and environmentally friendly.”

Linda Manziaris

“Generation Zers have a high interest in careers that contribute to addressing social issues and serving the community. They are extremely focused on solving a problem.”

Laura Shear


  • 7:15am Breakfast

  • 8:15am Class

  • 10:45am Workshop

  • 12:00pm Lunch

  • 1:00pm Library or Museum Visit

  • 2:00pm Group Time

  • 4:30pm Recreational Activities

  • 5:15pm Dinner

  • 6:15pm Explore Yale

  • 7:30pm Evening Activity

  • 9:30pm Free Time

  • 10:30pm Suite Check


The project-based component of the program introduces high-level leadership, advocacy and teamwork training. You and your group will agree upon an issue and use the knowledge learned in your courses to develop an initiative and begin to inspire change. You’ll showcase your group’s work during the Program Symposium at the end of the session.

Social opportunities are a cornerstone of this program. In addition to time spent with your peers in daily classes and groups, you’ll make friends during recreational evening activities, on-campus excursions to museums and labs, and a weekend trip to New York City. You will explore Yale’s campus and visit places such as the Yale Peabody Museum and the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design. During the weekend trip to New York City, you will experience the city and enjoy a sightseeing cruise of the stunning skyline.


You’ll have a unique schedule to rotate through the five subjects:

  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Environmental Science
  • Politics
  • Technology



The Yale Summer Academy employs highly qualified Yale graduate students to teach each of the courses. Guest lecturers also include Yale faculty members. A separate residential life staff from all over the world live in the dorms and are trained to ensure your experience is fun, safe and memorable!


A historic Ivy League university. Located in New Haven, Connecticut. The Yale campus is filled with high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and professors; giving you the real collegiate experience.

International Experience. About 40% of students come from around the world to join us each summer. Every year we hear how much students enjoy meeting people from all over the country and the world and how it opened their eyes to different parts of the globe.

Trips & Activities. There is always something to do when class is over: movies, tours, events and more. Campus is surrounded by dozens of shops and restaurants that are fun to explore with friends. A trip to New York City is offered on Saturday for exploring and sightseeing. Sunday is a more relaxed day for exploring campus and New Haven.


 July 7 – July 20

  • Rooming
  • On-campus meals
  • Afternoon and evening activities
  • Academic instruction
  • Guest appearances
  • Course materials
  • Weekend trip to New York City

  • Non-refundable application fee: $60
  • Optional services such as linen and airport transportation
  • Meals during weekend trips and off-campus weekday dinners

Students arrive on Sunday, July 7 and depart campus on Saturday, July 20.

In order to complete an application for admission, students are required to submit the following:

  • Basic application information using our registration form
  • Application fee ($60, paid via credit card)
  • Student questionnaire (required, extracurricular activities, honors or awards, short answer items)
  • Essay (required, explaining your interest in the program in 300 words or less)
  • School information (required, including name, address, phone, type, graduation year, and guidance counselor information)
  • Academic transcript including Fall grades (required, we accept unofficial and official transcripts)
  • Letter of recommendation (we require one letter, may be written by a current or recent teacher, school administrator, employer, mentor, or director of extracurricular activities)
  • International students are required to show competency in English. In order of our preference, the student may submit TOEFL, ACT, SAT, IELTS or a letter of recommendation from an English Teacher

Rolling Admissions Timeline:

  • Round 1
    • Completion Date: November 23, 2018 – December 31, 2018
    • Decision Date: January 11, 2019
  • Round 2
    • Completion Date: January 1, 2019 – January 31, 2019
    • Decision Date: February 15, 2019
  • Round 3
    • Completion Date: February 1, 2019 – February 28, 2019
    • Decision Date: March 15, 2019
  • Round 4
    • Completion Date: March 1, 2019 – March 31, 2019
    • Decision Date: April 12, 2019




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