Special Global Programmes

Yale Visiting International Student Program (Y-VISP)

Talia Seet (Far right), Y-VISP participant, enjoying a fine spring day; The Sterling Memorial Library can be seen in the background at Yale Cross Campus.

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 12 residential college communities. They will also participate in extracurricular activities available to all Yale undergraduates.

Application for AY 2017/2018 is now open!

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

  • Monday, 29 August 2016, 11.30 am @ Lt 31, S16 Level 3 (Register via email to irorbm@nus.edu.sg)
  • Thursday, 8 September 2016, 12 pm @ UTown, 3rd Floor, Stephen Riady Centre (In conjunction with NUS International Exchange Day)
  • Monday, 19 September 2016, 11 am @ NUS Central Library Theatrette 2 (Click here to register)

Programme Schedule

Date Activity
Now till 31 October 2016

Application period and faculty selection

Note: Faculties/Schools will set their own application deadline. Please check with your respective Faculty/ School

Faculty Application Deadline
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Mid-September – Early-October 2016
School of Business 25 August – 25 October 2016
School of Computing Computer Engineering (CEG) 1 – 30 September 2016
Faculty of Engineering 25 August – 31 October 2016
Faculty of Science 1 September – 3 October 2016
University Scholars Programme 25 August – 2 October 2016
August-September 2016

Y-VISP Information Session

7 November 2016

Nominations by Faculties/ Schools (completed application forms) to reach IRO

2 December 2016

Submission of IELTS results to IRO

Week of 2 January 2017)

Interview by University-level panel

(Nominated students must be physically present for the interview)

February 2017

Interview by Yale

February/March 2017

Results of application

May 2017

Pre-departure/ orientation briefing for students by Yale representative

Late August 2017

Students arrive at Yale

Programme Expenses

Students’ commitment will be to cover their own airfare (S$ 2,000+).

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

Students will receive a substantial scholarship from NUS* for their Yale tuition fees, room, board, books and personal expenses. The sum for books and personal expenses will be based on Yale’s recommendation of the expenditure that a student will normally incur.

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


Students will be assigned to one of the 12 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.

Photos courtesy of Loh Hong Wei, Y-VISP 2014

Application Criteria

The programme is 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 IRO if their scholarship provider provides them with an allowance for the year abroad.

Application Process

Y-VISP Application for Academic Year 2017-2018

Application Guidelines

  • Please refer to the application checklist by Yale University of the required application materials before completing the application form.
  • The Y-VISP Faculty Recommendation Forms (Form #3 and #4, under the section “To the Recommender”) must also be completed by two (2) faculty members who are providing the recommendation letters for the applicant. The forms and recommendation letters should be sent directly to the Faculty Y-VISP Coordinator in the Dean’s Office.
  • The Y-VISP Coordinator Recommendation Form (Form #5, under the section “To the Y-VISP Coordinator”) must be completed by the Faculty Y-VISP Coordinator in the Dean’s Office, who is providing the nomination letter for the applicant.
  • The forms are in writeable pdf format, so only the electronic version is required. For the areas on the application which require signatures, the applicant’s name can be typed in.
  • Please also include the latest NUS official transcript and resume with the application.
  • All parts of the form must be filled directly into the pdf copy by the applicant and submitted to the Faculty Y-VISP Coordinator in the Dean’s Office by the following stipulated deadline:
Faculty Contact Application Deadline
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Ms Kimberley Yang
Email: studyabroadfass@nus.edu.sg
Mid-September – Early-October 2016
School of Business Ms Jessie Toh
Email: bizjthp@nus.edu.sg
25 August – 25 October 2016
School of Computing Computer Engineering (CEG) Ms Diana Wong
Email: comwpd@nus.edu.sg
1 – 30 September 2016
Faculty of Engineering Ms Davina Tham
Email: engdtwn@nus.edu.sg
25 August – 31 October 2016
Faculty of Science Ms Lorraine Kwan
Email: scikwy@nus.edu.sg
1 September – 3 October 2016
University Scholars Programme Ms Jun Searle
Email: uspsjs@nus.edu.sg
25 August – 2 October 2016

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) and Faculties/Schools
  • Interview by Yale (in person or via Skype)

Application outcome will be made known after the Yale interview, in February or March 2017.

Further Information

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


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