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Exchange Scholars

The Graduate School has established and continues to develop formal exchanges with a number of institutions internationally in cases where there are reciprocal academic benefits for faculty and graduate students. Doctoral students interested in pursuing one of these exchanges should contact Dean Sarah Insley.

International scholarly exchanges provide doctoral graduate students with a variety of opportunities that broaden academic horizons. Whether the underlying reason for participating in an exchange resides in mastering course content in another language, visiting archives, collections, and fellow scholars first hand, or learning new methodologies that will inform the dissertation, students benefit from a period of study at one of the many host institutions with which we have formal agreements.

Who may apply:

Doctoral students who wish to engage solely in coursework or a combination of coursework and research may be admitted to the Division of Special Registration (DSR) as Exchange Scholars. Admission as an Exchange Scholar varies from a minimum of three of months up to one year. Exchange Scholars are enrolled in the Graduate School and have all the student privileges, including receiving a Yale transcript with coursework and grades listed. They may enroll in up to four courses per term, for a maximum of two terms (one academic year) with some exceptions. Please consult the relevant Yale programs about these exceptions. Exchange Scholars are not eligible for financial aid or student loans.


Prospective doctoral applicants to this program should first contact the department to which they wish to apply for more information and specific eligibility requirements. Students should have permission from the department to apply before submitting your application. If you have any questions or concerns about receiving this permission please contact Dean Sarah Insley.

Before starting your application, please note the following:

  • All documents must be in English.
  • You must have permission of the program. 
  • You may apply to enroll for a minimum of three months up to one year.
  • All materials in support of your application must be uploaded to the application prior to submission.


  • Please adhere to the deadline set by the exchange agreement (note that most deadlines for the fall term are in early March and for the spring term in early October).
  • International Applicants: for a spring term start date, your application must be submitted no later than 60 days prior to your intended start date for visa purposes. For a fall term start date, applications must be submitted no later than 90 days in advance.
  • US Citizens/Permanent Residents: your application must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to your intended start date.

Application requirements:

To submit an application, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Proposed dates of study, the name of your Yale faculty member who will act as your adviser, and departmental affiliation. 
  • A statement of purpose of 500-1000 words describing your past work, your preparation for the proposed study and/or research at Yale.
  • Transcripts for all degrees at institutions of higher education.
  • Enrollment verification of your current graduate degree program.
  • A letter of recommendation from your academic adviser who can evaluate your academic work, intellectual ability, or academic potential for graduate work.
  • A letter of nomination from your home institution from an administrator who manages international exchanges.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • An updated resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants must also provide proof of sufficient funding to cover living expenses while at Yale.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores (unless the language of instruction of the Bachelor’s degree was English).

All documentation must be in English.