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Yale College : International Counselor Newsletter -January 2012


Yale College |

International Counselor Newsletter– January 2012

Dear International Counselors,

As we are now in the busiest part of the admissions season, we thought we would get back in touch with our second counselor newsletter on international admissions at Yale. In this issue, we introduce you to our newest member of the international team – Keith Light – and to Yale’s latest venture abroad – Yale-NUS College in Singapore. We of- fer answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from international students and round up with a look at our brand new Virtual Tour. The tour features 360-degree views of campus and access to Yale’s facilities and resi- dential colleges that are unseen on any regular campus tour!

Last September, the Class of 2015 comprised 10% non-US citizens and 3% US citizens schooled abroad. As we have already begun to look at the future class of 2016, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us about your students who have applied.

We hope that you’ll come and visit us some day! We would love to see you in New Haven. With all good wishes,

Rebekah Westphal

on behalf of the entire International Team

Introducing: Keith Light

clip_image004[5]Keith Light is delighted to join the Yale team, and has assumed responsibility for parts of Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the United World Colleges. For spice, he watches over Kentucky, Nebraska, and greater Cincinnati. He is new to Yale, but has worked in the ad- missions offices at Stanford, Princeton, Harvard—and most recently, Brown. International territories have always been among his assignments and, with passport in hand, he looks forward to renewing contact with many counselor colleagues, and to working with new colleagues in new places.

Yale’s Commitment to Creating a

Global University

Yale NUS College

Yale-NUS College is the first liberal arts college in Singapore and a collaborative partnership between Yale and the National University of Singapore (NUS) that looks to create a unique and powerful model of undergraduate education for Asia. Yale-NUS represents not only the collabora- tion of two institutions, but also represents a profound combination of Asian and Western influ- ences, and will consequently offer students a truly distinctive undergraduate experience. Yale-

NUS will remain true to Yale’s liberal arts tradition as students will receive a holistic education and study broadly across a wide range of disciplines. In addition, Yale faculty shall be recruited specifi- cally to teach in this environment.

Students at Yale-NUS will enjoy one of the hallmarks of Yale College by living in updated versions of Yale’s traditional residential colleges. The Yale-NUS residential college experience, the first of

its kind in Asia, will provide a close-knit community of professors and peers that will provide a rich and immersive out-of-the-classroom learning experience. Moreover, the internationalism and diversity of the student body and the guaranteed opportunity for each student to participate in exclusive global study and internship opportunities will prepare students for global leadership.

The College will not enroll its first students until August of 2013, but is poised to conduct its In- augural Round of Admissions in the first half of 2012. Please visit the Yale-NUS website at to learn more and download our prospective student brochure or e-mail [email protected] if you have additional questions.

Take a Virtual Tour of Yale’s Campus!

Many international students do not get the chance to visit campuses before applying or making their decisions about which school to attend. The Ad- missions Team is happy to announce the Yale Virtual Tour so that prospec- tive students, wherever they may be, can get a sense of life at Yale. The Vir- tual Tour offers a campus, residential college, science, and athletic tour, and features 360-degree views of campus and access to many of Yale’s facilities and residential colleges.


Please click on the adjacent picture or visit

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive credit for my secondary school work?

Yale does award some advanced standing and/or acceleration credit for students who achieve highly on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, A-level or other international exams, or SAT subject tests. However, we are unable to predict the amount of credit or consideration you might receive prior to admission and matriculation. More information can be found at this site:

There are possibilities for students to graduate in fewer than the standard 8 terms even without ac- celeration credits, but we strongly encourage students to take advantage of the full, four year under- graduate experience at Yale for the unique academic and non-academic benefits. Please note that Yale generally does not award credit for university coursework completed before matriculation. Yale under- graduate students may take courses for credit in the University’s Graduate and professional schools with appropriate permission, and it may be possible for some students to qualify for the simultaneous award of bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the end of their undergraduate career.

Do you admit certain numbers of students from each country?

We seek to admit a diverse group of international students each year. The number of applications from different countries varies from year to year as does the quality of candidates. As such, numbers of admissions also vary. It’s

important to note that admission to Yale overall is extremely competitive. Of the

27,000+ applications we received last year, we were only able to admit 7.5%. There are always many more qualified applicants than spaces available.

What kind of extra or supplemental documents can I send in as part of my application?

We welcome students with exceptional talent and long-term commitment in the areas of visual art, music, and science research to consider submitting an appropriate sample of their work. Please view this site carefully for information, instructions, and online sub- mission:

Though we do not encourage applicants to send in more than the required documents

and the supplemental submissions described above, ONE extra recommendation (labeled as such) may be permitted if you think this would add a significant and new dimension

to your application. Please do NOT send certificates, 3-D submissions, multiple extra recommendations, news paper clippings, and other such additional documents.

How can I find more information about international student life at Yale?

We hope that you’ll view our video for international students, “Yale’s Community

of Individuals” ( international), which features current international students talking about Yale. You are also welcome to view the website

for our Office of International Students and Scholars (, the center for support services to the Yale international community. For more information about the Yale experience in general, please explore the rest of our admissions site. If you have more specific questions, feel free to send them to our email address: [email protected]

I hold permanent residence or US citizen- ship but live and attend school abroad – is it better to apply as a US student or as an international student?

This is actually not a decision you can make and it

isnt “better” one way or the other. You will report your citizenship(s) on the Common Application which we will note while also considering your lived experience in our holistic, context-based application review. At Yale, because we offer need-blind need-based aid regardless of citizenship, the admissions process for all applicants is the same.

Yale Engineering

Click on the picture below to check out

clip_image016[4]Yale’s newest Engineering magazine!

Student Spotlight| Life at Yale

Name | Efe Chantal Ghanney Hometown | Accra, Ghana College | Saybrook

Year | 2013

Major | French and Chemistry

Name | Regina de Luna Hometown | Manila, Philippines College | Saybrook

clip_image019[4]Year | 2012

Major |Biology

“The diversity Yale has to offer is astounding. I have been heavily influenced by the amazingly diverse group of people

I am surrounded by; their perspectives and experiences have transformed the way I see and experience the world. I have had opportunities to share my own culture but at the same time gain insight into others.”

“The Residential College System is simply amazing. It gives Yale the small community feeling within the resources of a larger university. From freshman year, you have 120 people in a small group with whom you move through the next four years of college — and yet, you still have the opportunity to meet people in other colleges. The buildings are beautiful, and everything you need can be found within the college.”

Check out the Yale Viewbook, take a Virtual Tour, and find out about resources for international students!

click on the pictures below!

clip_image022[4]clip_image024[4]Yale Viewbook Virtual Tour

Information for International


Directory | International Admissions Team

Amin Gonzalez

[email protected]

Latin America, Middle East, Northern Africa, Turkey

Leah Kelley

[email protected]

China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

Jean Lee

[email protected]

clip_image031[4]Cambodia, Malyasia,

Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Rebekah Westphal

r[email protected]

Central Asia, Africa (Sub-Saharan), Europe

Keith Light

[email protected]

India and Pakistan, rest of South and East Asia,

Oceania and the United World Colleges

Yale University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

PO Box 208234 | New Haven, CT 06520-8234

38 Hillhouse Avenue | New Haven, CT 06511