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Y-VISP Policies 

Note: A fundamental aim of the Yale Visiting International Student Program is to have participants become fully integrated members of the Yale College community. As visitors, however, students in the program are at all times subject to the governance of the Y-VISP Steering Committee, whose regulations are closely modeled on the Yale College’s Academic Regulations and Undergraduate Regulations.

Academic requirements

Y-VISP students are required to meet all of the academic obligations of any course in which they enroll.

Registration and enrollment

At the beginning of each term, Y-VISP students must have their course schedule approved and signed by their academic adviser and residential college dean. Y-VISP students may pursue any course available to Yale College students, though enrollment in any course is at the discretion of the instructor and department. Y-VISP students may not enroll in courses at the Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences without first receiving permission from the course instructor, the academic adviser, and the residential college dean. Y-VISP students may not enroll in courses in any of Yale’s professional schools unless these courses are also offered under an undergraduate number.

Course load

Y-VISP students are expected to successfully complete four course credits per term. They may request to enroll in five course credits in a term but must first receive approval from their academic adviser.  Y-VISP students may never enroll in six courses. Y-VISP students who do not successfully complete more than three course credits in a term will have their participation in the program reviewed by the Y-VISP steering committee.

Credit/D/Fail option

Y-VISP students are expected to enroll in all their courses for a letter grade. They may request to enroll in one course each term under the Credit/D/Fail option, but must first receive approval from their home institution and Y-VISP program staff. 

Academic Standing

Y-VISP students are expected to maintain a minimum grade of “B-“ in each of their courses; students who fail to do so will have their participation in the program reviewed by the Y-VISP steering committee.

Removal from the program

A student may be removed from the program if any one of the following occurs:

  • The student’s record shows a grade of “F” in any one course.
  • The student successfully completes only three or fewer course credits in a term.
  • Yale Health determines that the student should be withdrawn for medical reasons.
  • The student jeopardizes or violates the memorandum of understanding between Yale and the sending institution.
  • The Y-VISP Steering Committee determines in consultation with the sending institution that the student should be withdrawn.

Transfer to Yale College

Y-VISP students are not permitted to apply as transfer students to Yale College.

Funding, charges, fines and fees

Neither Yale University financial aid, nor Yale fellowship funds are available to Y-VISP students. Y-VISP students, however, are eligible to accept on campus employment as permitted by U.S. immigration regulations.

Y-VISP students are responsible for managing their financial obligations to Yale and paying any fees they accrue at Yale by the deadlines given. Failure to do so may result in the Y-VISP steering committee terminating their participation in the program.

Academic Integrity

Freedom of Expression

Among Yale College’s most cherished principles is its commitment to free expression. Freedom of expression is especially important in an academic community, where the search for truth holds a primary value.

Yale’s commitment to freedom of expression means that when a student agrees to matriculate, they join a community where “the provocative, the disturbing, and the unorthodox” must be tolerated. A student may encounter people who think differently than they do, and the student will be expected to honor their free expression, even when what is said seems wrong or offensive to the student.

Academic Honesty

Like freedom of speech, academic honesty holds a special place in a community devoted to the creation, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. For this reason, it is important for a student to learn how to acknowledge the contributions of others in their own work and to properly document their reliance on others thinking.

The Wood​ward Report

In 1975, a committee chaired by the late C. Vann Woodward, one of Yale’s most distinguished professors, issued the Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale, informally called the Woodward Report. This document emphasizes that the history of intellectual growth and discovery demonstrates the need to be able to “think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable.”