FAQs

General

How many students participate in each session of the Yale Young African Scholars Program?

I see that Yale also offers a “Yale Young Global Scholars Program” for high school students. How is this program different from that one?

I’m attending another program that overlaps with yours. Can I arrive late and/or leave early?

Do you provide transcripts or course credit for your program?

Do you have rolling admissions?

How will applicants be notified of admissions decisions?

I live in close proximity to the site of instruction, am I still required to stay in the accommodation provided?
 

Eligibility

I am an American student studying at an international school in an African country; can I apply to the program?

I receive high school instruction in a language other than English. Exactly how strong does my English need to be?

I am in my final year of high school, or have recently graduated. Can I apply to YYAS?
 

Applying

I can’t access the online application. Help!

I am having problems with the application. Who do I contact for assistance?

What is a “school transcript”? I’ve never seen that language before.

Who should I ask to complete my teacher’s evaluation?

How do I check to see if my application is complete?


General

How many students participate in each session of the Yale Young African Scholars Program?

There will be 100 students in each session, for a combined total of 300 students in the Yale Young African Scholars sessions in Rwanda, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. 

I see that Yale also offers a “Yale Young Global Scholars Program” for high school students. How is this program different from that one?

The Yale Young African Scholars Program was created as an extension of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) structure. YYGS takes place on Yale’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut and is open to students from around the world, while the Yale Young African Scholars Program takes place in Africa and is specifically designed for African students. More information about the Yale Young Global Scholars Program can be found at http://globalscholars.yale.edu/.

I’m attending another program that overlaps with yours. Can I arrive late and/or leave early?

Due to the intensive nature of each session, we require that every participant commit to the entire duration of the session.

Do you provide transcripts or course credit for your program?

No. Our philosophy is to provide a unique opportunity for high achieving students to learn without the pressure of grades and quantitative evaluations; however, our instructors will provide ample student feedback during the program.

Do you have rolling admissions?

No. All applications will be reviewed after the application deadline.

How will applicants be notified of admissions decisions?

All applicants will receive an email with final admission decision by early May.

I live in close proximity to the site of instruction, am I still required to stay in the accommodation provided?

In addition to a providing students with a set of skills that they can use for long after the program ends, we hope that the YYAS program will also provide a space for like-minded scholars to meet, form friendships, and support each other in their transition to college. To facilitate the formation of this network, we require all participants to stay with the group during the entire duration of the program.

Eligibility

I am an American student studying at an international school in an African country; can I apply to the program?

The Yale Young African Scholars Program is designed specifically for citizens of African countries. If you have a query about your eligibility status, emails us at african.scholars@yale.edu with your first name, surname, birth date, the name of your secondary school, and an explanation of your situation for more clarification.

I receive high school instruction in a language other than English. Exactly how strong does my English need to be?

You must be able to do difficult, sustained academic work in English, including reading, writing, and speaking with a high level of fluency. For example, you need to be able to easily read a long article from a magazine such as The Economist and be able to discuss it easily with native English speakers. In addition, you need to be capable of writing an essay about the article so that your thoughts are clear, even if your grammar and spelling still have some mistakes.

I am in my final year of high school, or have recently graduated. Can I apply to YYAS?

No, YYAS is specifically catered to students who have at least two years left before completing high school. However, there are many other resources that you may find useful as you seek out further opportunities.

Applying

I can’t access the online application. Help!

Please try to access the application with a different internet browser and/or a different computer. Also be sure that cookies are turned on, and JavaScript is enabled. If you continue to have problems, contact us at african.scholars@yale.edu with a detailed description of the program, including your country location.

I am having problems with the application. Who do I contact for assistance?

Contact us at african.scholars@yale.edu with a detailed description of the problem.

What is a “school transcript”? I’ve never seen that language before.

A school transcript is a school report, which should include a list of classes and grades you’ve received at your current school. GPA and class rank are usually included on the transcript if those are calculated by the school. (Not all schools calculate GPA or rank.) In order to avoid confusion, please provide this information to the school official responsible for submitting your transcript.

Who should I ask to complete my teacher’s evaluation?

The evaluation must be completed by a teacher in an academic subject who knows you well. Letters of recommendation from parents, siblings, family friends, or paid private tutors/counselors are not acceptable.

How do I check to see if my application is complete?

You may check your application status online by logging into your application. If you are having technical difficulties or are unable to see whether your application is complete or not, you may email us at african.scholars@yale.edu.