December 19, 2012

Yale Young Global Scholars Program 2013

We are pleased to announce that the prospectus and application information for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program for Outstanding High School Students  2013 is now available online.

Formerly the Ivy Scholars Program, our name change this year to Yale Young Global Scholars reflects the fact that our program has developed into one of the most selective and academically rigorous high school summer programs worldwide. By exposing our students to the best scholars and practitioners in a wide range of academic and professional fields, we seek to give our students the analytical skills they will need in whatever leadership positions they may one day assume.

As an official Yale University program that is administered by University officials, you can expect a first-rate summer experience studying in beautiful campus lecture halls and classrooms, living in our famed residential colleges, eating in our award-winning dining halls, engaging with world renowned professors, and interacting with extraordinary visiting practitioners. 

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program brings the best of the academic and policy communities together in a scholarly learning environment. Although our programs are designed for top-performing high school students, our faculty members teach the same material and in the same manner as in their undergraduate courses here at Yale.

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program for Outstanding High School Students offers two innovative, intensive, summer educational experiences for 2013.

Politics, Law, and Economics Program (PLE)
  • July 13 – 26, 2013
  • Focus on the great ideas and thinkers in the American intellectual tradition, covering political philosophy, democracy, constitutional law, political economy, and financial literacy
  • Key deliberative exercises may include writing and presenting a political campaign speech, publicly defending a legal opinion, and engaging in a Constitutional Convention simulation
Studies in Grand Strategy Program (GS)
  • August 3 – 16, 2013
  • Focus on strategic lessons from history and their application to contemporary international affairs
  • Key deliberative exercises may include participating in an international crisis simulation and negotiation, and writing and presenting a group policy paper on a critical global challenge
Application and Investment
  • Must be entering your junior or senior year of high school (or equivalent for international students).
  • The application consists of a high school transcript, two teacher recommendations, and a 1,000-word essay. For non-native English speakers, spoken and written English must be nearly fluent.
  • The all-inclusive cost of $4,500 includes tuition, housing, food, and activities. Bring your own laptop. Travel to and from Yale is not included.
  • Generous financial aid is available to American and international students, based on demonstrated financial need (no merit scholarships).
  • The program fills up every year, and it is highly selective. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Applicants interested in financial aid should apply as soon as possible.
  • The first application deadline is March 1, 2013.


We seek outstanding high school students with strong academic records, passion for national and international issues, and desire to make substantive and lasting contributions to their communities and world. Because each program is conducted as a university-level academic and leadership development experience, students are expected to be mature, focused, responsible, articulate, and willing to engage respectfully in discussions over difficult intellectual, moral, and policy issues.

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program seeks students who have strong written and verbal communication skills, can read and analyze large amounts of difficult material, draw well-reasoned conclusions, work under considerable pressure and time constraints, and consistently adhere to a high standard of personal and professional conduct. Our academic and leadership development experiences are designed for capable individuals who possess a strong desire to analyze and understand complex ideas and issues.

Due to the very large number of applicants, we do not accept applications from rising freshmen (grade 9) or sophomores (grade 10). While there is no formal minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement, applicants with less robust grades should demonstrate intellectual excellence and leadership in all other areas. Teacher and mentor recommendations, as well as student statements of interest, are very important parts of our admission decisions. Each of our Yale Young Global Scholars Program experiences are taught in English and all students who are non-native speakers of English should possess strong verbal and written communication skills in the English language. 

Click here to download the 2013 prospectus and application

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