Special Global Programmes

Yale Visiting International Student Program (Y-VISP)

NUS Y-VISP students in a picture taken at Beinecke Plaza at Yale College

Read about the NUS Y-VISP 2017 students featured on The Straits Times and The New Paper

About Yale Visiting International Student Program

The Yale Visiting International Student Program is an honours programme at Yale University, designed for undergraduates from partner institutions. Selected students will join the Yale undergraduate community for a full academic year (junior year). Please visit www.yale.edu/yvisp for more details.

Programme Description & Objectives

Successful students will enrol in Yale undergraduate courses and live with Yale students in one of 14 residential college communities. They will also participate in extracurricular activities available to all Yale undergraduates.

Application for AY 2019/2010 will open in September 2018

Join us for the following Y-VISP Information Sessions to find out more!

  • Early-September 2018 (actual date to be confirmed) (In conjunction with NUS International Exchange Day)
  • Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 11 am @ NUS Central Library Theatrette 2

Programme Schedule

Date Activity
1 September to 31 October 2018

Application period and faculty selection

Note: Please submit your applications according to the deadlines stipulated by your Faculties/Schools

September 2018

Y-VISP Information Sessions

1 December 2018

Submission of IELTS results to IRO

Week of 7 January 2019

Interview by University-level panel

(Nominated students must be physically present for the interview)

February 2019

Interview by Yale

February/March 2019

Results of application

May 2019

Pre-departure/ orientation briefing for students by Yale representative

Late August 2019

Students arrive at Yale

Programme Expenses

Students will receive a scholarship from NUS* for their Yale tuition fees, room and board.

Students will continue to pay NUS tuition fees and mandatory miscellaneous fees during the year they spend in Yale.

Students’ commitment will be to cover their own airfare (S$ 2,000+), books and personal expenses at Yale.

* Students on scholarship may be sponsored by their scholarship provider.


Students will be assigned to one of the 14 residential colleges at Yale. The Yale residential college system is one of most distinctive features of undergraduate life in Yale. Find out more about residential college living here.

Y-VISP participants in a group photo taken in front of the Yale Alumni Memorial

Application Criteria

The programme is currently open to students from FASS, BIZ, SoC, FoE, FoS and USP, who are currently in the 2nd year of study (will go to Yale in the 3rd year).

Applicants should possess the following qualities:

  • Good academic performance – CAP of 4.0 and above at the point of application
  • Well-rounded, with a wide range of interests, skills, and/ or talents
  • Active engagement beyond the classroom, to take advantage of Yale’s vibrant extracurricular community
  • Deep commitment to and genuine appreciation for your extracurricular pursuits
  • Great desire and ability to stretch the limits of your talents
  • Outstanding motivation to be a leader in what you choose to pursue, for the greater good

TOEFL or IELTS is required for international students who come from a non-English education system. Only students who had the last two years of instruction in English (eg students who took A-levels in Singapore) will be exempted from this requirement. Information on the IELTS test dates is available here.

As this is a one year programme and students are required to take courses both in and out of your majors, applicants should ensure that they are able to map their modules or be prepared to graduate late. As a liberal arts college, Yale would like students to take advantage of the range of courses that are available, to achieve both breadth across the curriculum and depth in your selected area of study.

Students typically take 9 courses (4 in the fall and 5 in the spring) during the year in Yale. Students are also required to come back to NUS after the Y-VISP for at least one regular semester and complete their degree.

Scholarship holders should check with their scholarship provider if they are allowed to go on this programme before applying. They should also inform GRO if their scholarship provider provides them with an allowance for the year abroad.

Application Process

Application details will be available in September 2018.

Selection Process

There are three steps to the selection process:

  • Nomination by Faculty/School
  • Interview by a University-level panel comprising representatives from the Office of the Vice President (University and Global Relations), Global Relations Office and NUS Faculties/Schools
  • Interview by Yale (in person or via Skype)

Application outcome will be made known after the Yale interview, in February or March 2019.

Further Information

Queries can be directed to Ms Rafidah Masod (rafidah@nus.edu.sg), NUS Y-VISP Coordinator at the Global Relations Office.


For additional information or related queries, please click here