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Advanced graduate students who are degree candidates at another university and who have made arrangements with a specific Graduate School faculty member at Yale for a research project under his or her direct supervision may be admitted to the Division of Special Registration as Visiting Assistants in Research (VARs).
Undergraduate students in combined or simultaneous B.S./M.S., B.A./M.A. or similar programs are not considered advanced graduate students. Student research to be conducted at Yale must relate to the visiting student’s thesis or dissertation. Students in Master’s programs that do not require a thesis are not eligible for admission as VARs.
VAR applicants must provide a transcript from their current institution showing continuing enrollment during the period of study at Yale, along with all other graduate school transcripts. All transcripts must be in English or translated into English and must be uploaded to the online application prior to submission.
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As a VAR, you must be currently enrolled at a degree-granting institution at the graduate level. An official proof of enrollment letter on institutional letterhead stationary must come from the office of a University Registrar or from a similar institutional office charged with administering enrolled student records. You will be prompted to upload this required letter to your online application.
Initial enrollment may be for any length of time up to twelve months. After the initial enrollment period, students may apply to extend their enrollment for a cumulative total of up to two years. To apply for an extension, the student must submit a VAR Extension Application along with the applicable application fee. Once an extension has been approved by the program and the Graduate School, the student will receive a new letter of admission.
The Yale Adviser Invitation Verification Form is part of the online application. The purpose of the form is to provide your prospective adviser with information regarding your proposed study at Yale and for the adviser to verify information you have entered on your application.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify and contact a Yale Graduate School faculty member who agrees to be your adviser during your proposed stay at Yale.
Once you identify a Yale faculty member who agrees to serve as your adviser, you may enter that information in your application.
VAR students are required to show proof of sufficient financial resources to cover tuition and living expenses while at Yale. This may include:
Applicants must provide documentation for each source of funds.
For international students, the J-1 visa requires that you have substantial funding from sources other than personal or family funds. International students are required to have non-personal (non-family) external funding support of at least 50% of total costs (tuition plus monthly living expenses).
All documents uploaded showing support for resources or awards, including bank statements, must be in English.
Once your application and application fee are submitted, review of your VAR application may take anywhere between two to four weeks.
No. Visiting Assistants in Research are responsible for their own housing arrangements and living expenses. Information about housing options can be found at Yale Graduate Housing.
Please do not contact the Admissions Office or the Associate Dean's Office of the Graduate School regarding housing or accommodations as they will not be able to assist you.
No. Visiting Assistants in Research are not eligible to take classes.
Non-degree students who wish to take classes must apply as Visiting Students, not Visiting Assistants in Research.
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will typically contact you by email within 6-10 business days after you formally accept an offer of admission. At that time, you will be asked to fill out a mandatory survey. Once you complete the survey, OISS will prepare your DS-2019 immigration document and mail it to you via courier. This document will include your SEVISID number, which is required to pay the SEVIS fee and book a visa appointment. All questions regarding the visa process can be directed to OISS via email.
If your start or end dates change, please first notify your program and your Yale Adviser. If you are an international student, you should also inform the Office of International Students and Scholars. Finally, email the Graduate School Non-Degree program office to let us know. We can issue you a revised letter of admission, as long as all parties agree to the date changes.
Your tuition bill will be sent to your yale.edu email address. The bill is payable upon receipt, and will include instructions on methods of payment.
If you have not received a bill, please contact the Registrar's Office at email@example.com.
If you would like to request direct billing, please contact Student Accounts.
If you need a J-1 visa, your proposed Yale Adviser may be asked to attest to your English language proficiency when they complete the letter of recommendation form on your behalf. No separate form or letter is necessary.
To apply for an extension, the student must submit a VAR Extension Application along with the applicable application fee. Once an extension has been approved by the program and the Graduate School, the student will receive a new letter of admission.
If you are an international student, you should first bring your passport and immigration documents to check in with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Next, inform your Yale department and adviser that you have arrived. On your official start date, go to the Registrar's Office for instructions about receiving your ID Card.
If you are a domestic student or permanent resident, please first inform your Yale department and adviser that you have arrived. On your official start date, go to the Registrar's Office for instructions about receiving your ID Card.