Non-Degree Application Process
In some cases, it is possible to enroll at the Graduate School as a non-degree student. Non-degree students receive a transcript and many of the benefits of being a Yale student, but do not earn a degree upon completion of their enrollment.
We offer three types of non-degree program:
- The Exchange Scholar Program: to be eligible, you must be enrolled at an institution that has a formal exchange program with Yale. Exchange Scholars may enroll in courses or participate in research at Yale.
- The Visiting Assistant in Research (VAR) Program: if you are an advanced graduate student currently enrolled at another institution and wish to pursue full-time dissertation research at Yale, you may qualify for the VAR program. VARs are not eligible to enroll in courses.
- The Visiting Student Program: if you have a bachelor's degree, you may apply to take courses at Yale with the permission of the program.
We are happy to assist you with your application. If you have questions, please contact us.