Yale Young Global Scholars Program to Launch a New Session in Singapore Hosted by Yale-NUS College

November 5, 2015

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) is excited to announce a new collaboration with Yale-NUS College which will host a special session of YYGS in Singapore from May 30-June 5, 2016. YYGS-Singapore will bring together 200 ninth and tenth grade secondary school students from all over the world for an intensive week-long academic and leadership experience. The program will be held at Yale-NUS College and will feature lectures by top Yale University and Yale-NUS College professors, skill-building and college prep workshops, and career talks with distinguished practitioners, as well as seminars and small-group discussions on a variety of subject areas.

Admitted students will have the opportunity to experience residential life at the recently completed Yale-NUS College campus, which will provide students with unparalleled access to enjoy the social and residential life element that is at the core of the Yale and Yale-NUS experience.

“Yale-NUS College is very pleased to engage with our Yale partners to inaugurate this unique pre-collegiate program in Singapore,” said Yale-NUS President Pericles Lewis. “Based in our new state-of-the-art campus, the Yale Young Global Scholars Program will give top students from around the globe the chance to take part in this outstanding opportunity here in Southeast Asia.”

Like all of YYGS’s highly-regarded summer programs, YYGS-Singapore will offer gifted secondary school students the chance to get first-hand experience on a college campus while challenging them academically in a group of accomplished peers.  Participants will discuss global issues in the context of small seminars, and have the opportunity to engage with perspectives different from their own. Students will also strengthen their leadership skills through guided academic research and a session-long focus on effective communication.

The session will offer an interdisciplinary curriculum, modeled on and inspired by the Yale Young Global Scholars sessions held on the Yale campus. “By engaging with experts in a wide range of fields and professions, student participants in YYGS-Singapore will have the opportunity to explore new subjects and develop leadership skills that are not emphasized in the traditional high school classroom,” said Ted Wittenstein, executive director of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. “We are excited to bring such a diverse corps of Yale University students and faculty to Singapore, and to collaborate with the faculty and students from Yale-NUS College to make this experience possible for exceptional high school students from around the world.”

Admission to YYGS-Singapore is competitive and limited to 200 ninth and tenth grade students who have at least two full years remaining in secondary school.  Applicants can be residents or citizens of any country. The Yale Young Global Scholars Program will provide need-based scholarships to qualifying students as well as application fee waivers in order to make the YYGS-Singapore experience accessible to students from all backgrounds. Students may apply for financial aid directly on their application to YYGS-Singapore.

The competitive application is available here. Applicants are required to submit a personal statement and a short essay, an activities list or resume, one letter of recommendation, and school transcript. Standardized test scores are not required for admission to the program, but students are encouraged to submit them as supplementary materials. There is a $55USD application fee and the cost of tuition per admitted student is $3,500 USD, which includes housing at Yale-NUS College and three daily meals for the duration of the program. No additional fees or taxes apply.

Yale-NUS College was established in 2011 in collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore as the first liberal arts college in Singapore. Uniquely situated at the crossroads of Asia, Yale-NUS seeks to redefine liberal arts and science education, with a focus on the diverse intellectual traditions and cultures of Asia and the world.  

Now in its fifteenth year, the Yale Young Global Scholars Program is a summer enrichment and leadership-training program at Yale University for outstanding high school students from around the world, many of whom are from Singapore and elsewhere in Asia. In addition to three programs in Africa and one in Beijing, China, this new collaboration with Yale-NUS College marks YYGS’s continued effort to providing access to summer educational opportunities for students worldwide.  

Yale Young Global Scholars-Singapore website: www.yygssingapore.yale.edu
Yale-NUS College website: www.yale-nus.edu.sg/