Yale in London
Yale in London is an exciting and unique opportunity for undergraduates to live and study in London during the spring term or the summer break while earning full credits. The program is hosted by Yale’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC)—a world-class research center in central London. Courses change each term and include topics in historic and contemporary British art, architecture, literature, and drama.
Summer 2021 update
Due to the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Yale in London summer session has been canceled. The PMC and the Center hope that this program will be able to resume in 2022. Updates about the 2022 spring session will be communicated when information becomes available. Thank you for your support and understanding.
All Yale undergraduates are eligible to apply to Yale in London, regardless of declared or intended major. Students enrolled in Yale College should note that they do not have to apply for Junior Year Abroad. For more information about the program, visit the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) or review the Yale in London Academic Guidelines (pdf, 1.42 mb).
Yale in London courses typically resemble regular Yale College classes in the humanities, which combine significant reading assignments with periodic critical writing assignments. However, emphasis is placed on exploring and understanding historic and contemporary London, and the program includes multiple field trips to museums, historic houses, galleries, and theater productions. The exact workload per course load varies from professor to professor.
Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday at the PMC, which generally leaves afternoons, and three-day weekends (as well as spring break), free for traveling in London, throughout the UK, and Europe. As well as seminar-style classes, the program utilizes a wide array of collections, buildings, and theaters for specialist on-site teaching. This is a great opportunity to explore different humanities disciplines, to learn new research methodologies, and to discover subjects, topics, and approaches that might inform your other studies.
Yale in London courses are Yale courses, so your credits automatically go on your transcript. No transfer is necessary.
Tuition and housing
During the spring term and summer sessions, students live in shared flats in central London, which are secured for them by the coordinator at the PMC. Tuition and housing fees are charged to Yale students at the usual rates for the spring semester, and financial aid is applied in the usual way. Board costs will be removed from your Yale bill as students live in flats and provide their own meals. A separate fee of $6,500 is charged for the summer program, and financial aid may be available through the International Summer Award (ISA), which provides funding for one summer experience for undergraduates receiving Yale financial aid. Students on scholarship will receive additional funding from the PMC for the spring term and summer session.
Student numbers vary from session to session, but the maximum enrollment is fifteen. Preference may be given to seniors in the spring term, or rising seniors in the summer sessions, and the order of applications may be taken into consideration. The spring term application deadline occurs in early October, and the summer term application deadline occurs in mid-February of each year.