Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

FAQs for Fellows Abroad

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If you are currently a Light Fellow studying in East Asia, you may find these answers to frequently asked questions helpful.

Airfare and Travel

The Light Fellowship covers only one round-trip plane ticket between the US and East Asia, regardless of the amount of time spent abroad. We highly recommend that you stay in your host country! There is much to see, and with your new language skills, you will be able to have an experience that most foreigners could not. You might also consider doing volunteer work, or making career-related and/or academic connections. Some students get a head start on their senior thesis. Others invite their families to visit instead of going home. In some cases, the gap between programs can run 5 weeks! Once you confirm your program(s) we will add funding to cover your daily expenses for the time between program terms: food, housing, transportation and miscellaneous (insurance is already factored in for the full range of dates). If you budget wisely, you should have plenty of money left over for travel or other activities. Do something memorable (but well-planned and safe)!

Keeping in Contact While Abroad

It's easy!  Please refer to the Blogging Primer for Light Fellows.  Please set up and post the link to your blog on the Light Fellowship Bulletin Board before your program begins. You will need to complete a quick registration with the Bulletin Board site, find your program, and create a New Topic.  In the subject line, please include your full name, program, term, and year (e.g. Ming-Yee Lin; Blog: HBA Summer 2017).  Paste the link to your blog in the “Message”, highlight the link, and click the “Insert Hyperlink” icon and click “OK”.

The Student Advisory Committee will create panlists for each program. We will add you to your program's list once you complete the Program Confirmation form. You are free to unsubscribe if you do not wish to receive emails from the group. Contact SAC for more information.

Get yourself to a safe place as quickly as possible (call a cab, ambulance, etc.) Once you are in a safe place, please follow these steps, including contacting UHC Global for assistance and informing the Light Fellowship office: http://light.yale.edu/resources/health-safety-during

If you have a question, always start by checking our FAQs and online Bulletin Board. If you still have questions, email light.fellowship@yale.edu. You may also call the Light Fellowship office at (203) 432-8675. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please use the online appointment system.

Light Fellowship Funding

Outside of program dates, the Light Fellowship will provide funding to cover basic daily costs (food, housing, travel) only for those students who are between two Light-approved programs. Many students find that if they are frugal during their program(s), they have money left over at the end to use toward independent travel within that country.

Traveling While Abroad

Start by checking out the "Travel" section on the online Bulletin Board to see if anyone has written about independent traveling in the area you're interested in. Then, get in touch with individual Light alumni! Many of them have generously volunteered to give advice to current fellows. Also, the Lonely Planet Guide we gave you before you left should help you get started.

Get yourself to a safe place as quickly as possible (call a cab, ambulance, etc.) Once you are in a safe place, please follow these steps, including contacting UHC Global for assistance and informing the Light Fellowship office: http://light.yale.edu/resources/health-safety-during

Outside of program dates, the Light Fellowship will provide funding to cover basic daily costs (food, housing, travel) only for those students who are between two Light-approved programs. Many students find that if they are frugal during their program(s), they have money left over at the end to use toward independent travel within that country.