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Seeking General Graduation Credit for your Light Fellowship program?

While applying for Study Abroad credit is not required by the Light Fellowship, students seeking general graduation credit for your time abroad as a Light Fellow must apply for credit by the relevant deadline. If you have any questions regarding studying abroad for credit on a Light Fellowship, please email or set up an appointment with the Assistant Director.

Summer Credit for Light Fellows

Currently, all Light-approved summer programs are approved for Study Abroad credit, except:

  • IUC Yokohama
  • Middlebury in Japan
  • Pusan National University

Students interested in earning up to two general graduation credits must complete an application for Credit for Non-Yale Summer Abroad. Be sure to check the eligibility for Non-Yale Summer Abroad for Credit before applying. 

Please note that there is one scenario (see below) in which it is not advisable for students who are eligible for the International Summer Award (ISA), and have not already used the ISA, to transfer credit back to Yale for their summer Light Fellowship experience:

A total of 2 transfer credits throughout all three summers (this 2 credit limit includes credit received for summer courses taken at another university in the U.S.) can be transferred back to Yale. This has implications for students who are eligible for an ISA and considering using it to fund another non-Yale program abroad because ISA funding can only be applied to designated programs for which students receive Yale credit. Students who choose to transfer 2 credits back to Yale for their summer program on a Light Fellowship are longer eligible to transfer in any more outside credit for non-Yale programs in future summers. Therefore, they would not be able to use the ISA to fund a future summer study on a designated non-Yale program.

However, these students would still be able to use the ISA for future participation in Yale-in-London or Yale Summer Session programs abroad (which are taken for Yale credit, not transfer credit) or for an OCS-approved international internship.

Deadline for Summer Abroad credit applications: March 1, 2020

Tip: Credit for Domestic Programs: Students completing a domestic summer program are also eligible to receive up to two general graduation credits upon completion of the program. Note that the credit transfer limit outlined above still applies. There is no separate application to fill out prior to the start of the program (unlike Study Abroad credit). The process for transferring credit from a domestic program is as follows:

  1. Upon successful completion of the program, send an official transcript to your college dean’s office
  2. Visit the Registrar’s Forms & Petitions page and logs onto the Request to Add Course Work Completed Outside Yale
  3. Upload course syllabi from the domestic program

Please see the Yale College Programs of Study for full details on Yale’s policy for transferring credit from other U.S. institutions.


Term-time Credit for Light Fellows

Light Fellows who plan to study abroad during the fall, spring or academic year have the option of 1) taking a Leave of Absence for the duration of their fellowship (effectively delaying graduation), or 2) applying for Year or Term Abroad (YTA) in order to receive general graduation credit for one or two semesters abroad. Be sure to check the eligibility requirements for Year or Term Abroad for Credit.
 
Students who apply for Year or Term Abroad can earn 4 general graduation credits for one term abroad or 9 credits for an academic year abroad. Those studying abroad for a summer and one term (but not the full academic year) can apply for credit for both the summer and term (for a total of up to 6 credits)
 
To apply for general graduation credit for your semester or year abroad, you must complete an application for Credit for Year or Term Abroad.
 
Deadline for Fall & Academic Year Abroad credit applications: April 1, 2020


Fulfilling Major Requirements or Language Distributional Requirement

The YTA and Summer credit applications are for general graduation credit only.  At the discretion of the relevant DUS, it is possible (but not guaranteed) to fulfill major and/or distributional requirements through Light Fellowship programs.  Please note that this process is handled entirely by the DUS of the relevant department and not by the Light Fellowship office.