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come from countries other than the United States.
Resources for international students
There are many resources at Yale to help international students with any questions or concerns you may have about life as a student at Yale or living in a new country. There are offices and services to help answer your questions about immigration matters, working as a student at Yale, and adjusting to life in the U.S., and all other personal matters and concerns.
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) and International Center for Yale Students and Scholars coordinate a number of programs that provide international students, scholars, and family members with fun and interesting activities, and opportunities to connect with the local community. The idea is to help you learn more about U.S. culture, improve your language skills, and make new crosscultural exchanges and friendships. There are programs to help you with business and personal matters, and a wide variety of cultural and social activities. Here are some of the events planned this fall.
Additionally, the McDougal Graduate Student Center has resources and programs that are designed for international students enrolled in Yale’s various graduate programs. The staff and graduate fellows at the McDougal Center plan special events such as foreign language films, social events and outings, workshops on various issues such as safety and tax preparation, and professional development seminars. A calendar of events can be found here.
International students at Yale
The student body at Yale School of Music represents 26 countries, 5 continents, and 101 institutions. Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences enrolls approximately one-third of its full-time students from countries outside the United States. Yale University is commitment to serving the global community, and has established a variety of resources for international students, including the “Yale and the World” website with videos (available in several languages) about Yale’s history and campus life.
A list of some current student employment opportunities at Yale School of Music can be found here.
In addition to gigs and performance jobs, there are various positions available at the School of Music, including jobs as ushers and stage managers ($12/hr), concert office jobs($13/hr or $13.50/hr). The higher-paying jobs include class players for recording classes ($25/hr), conducting seminar musicians ($18/hr), and teaching jobs – including the undergraduate lessons program and Teaching Artists program ($25/hr). Additionally, each year student workers are hired for audio recording classes, and there are Teaching Assistantships for hearing classes; all teaching assistants receive a stipend. Yale Philharmonia hires assistants as well (librarian, stage crew, and office assistant).
International students are eligible for any of these employment opportunities, as long as the proper paperwork is filed. International students are not eligible for “work study” positions. OISS has detailed information about employment authorization and information about on-campus and off-campus employment for F-1 students.
English language requirements for applicants:
All applicants whose first language is not English (see exemption policy below) must submit TOEFL scores as part of the application.
Minimum Score Requirement
86 internet, 227 computer, or 567 paper
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TOEFL score reports are due on December 1. The Yale School of Music will not admit any student who has not met our TOEFL score requirement. It is possible for students to participate in the audition process before passing the TOEFL, if necessary; however, we will not extend an offer of admission to any student who has not met our TOEFL requirement before March 1. Students whose first language is English are automatically exempt from this requirement. Students whose first language is not English wishing to be considered for an exemption must follow the exemption instructions below.
Applicants who will have studied full-time at an English-speaking institution for at least six years prior to beginning studies at Yale may be considered for a TOEFL exemption, with approval from the Office of Admissions. To apply for a TOEFL exemption, submit a short typed letter describing your education history and enclose university and/or high school transcripts evidencing six years of strong grades at English-speaking institutions.
Visa information for accepted students:
Deadline: May 15
International students must apply for two important documents in order to enroll in school in the United States:
- an I-20, issued by Yale University
- a student visa, issued by the U.S. Embassy.
The U.S. government requires you to submit documentation (including bank statements) to Yale’s Office of Admissions to prove that you are financially able to support your education.
You must submit bank statements and affidavits to Yale School of Music Office of Admissions. Photocopies, scans to e-mail, and faxes are acceptable. You must calculate the required amount following the instructions below.
Calculate: the amount you must show equals the total estimated cost of tuition and living expenses for one year ($44,460*), MINUS your full-tuition scholarship ($29,500), MINUS your fellowship for living expenses from Yale. The remaining cost is the amount you must show. You must submit bank statements or other documentation proving that you possess at least this amount in liquid funds.
The bank statements may be in your name or a sponsor’s name, or you may submit a combination. If you submit a bank statement from a sponsor (a family member or close friend agreeing to provide financial support), the sponsor must submit an Affidavit of Support to Yale’s Office of Admissions. (The U.S. Embassy might also require your sponsor to complete form I-134.)
If you have any questions about the financial documentation, please contact the Office of Admissions, not the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).
- Required Financial Certification. Complete and return the required financial certification documents (see I-20 Instructions), to the School of Music.
- E-mail from OISS. You will receive an e-mail from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) requesting information. You must respond to this e-mail.
- F-1 or J-1. Almost all international students come to the Yale School of Music using the F-1 student visa. However, students using a significant amount of non-personal funds to finance their Yale education may prefer and be eligible for J-1 status, particularly if their spouse is accompanying them and wants to work in the U.S. Learn more about the difference.
- Issuing the I-20. With the required personal data and financial certification documents, the U.S. Government Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) will produce the form I-20 (or DS-2019 for J-1 status). The Yale School of Music will send your I-20 to you by FedEx.
- SEVIS Fee. All new students applying for F-1 or J-1 status — with the exception of those currently studying in the U.S. — must pay a SEVIS fee ($200 for F-1 status). Pay online.
- Applying for the Student Visa. Apply early! After you receive your I-20, the next step is to apply for a student visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. Check the home page of the particular U.S. consulate or embassy to make sure you have all the required forms and fees. Student visas can be issued as early as 120 days before the beginning date noted on the I-20 form, so we encourage students to apply as early as possible. Students in certain countries and/or studying in certain fields may experience lengthy delays in the processing of their student visa applications.
- Canadian Students. Students who are citizens of Canada are not required to obtain a student visa from the U.S. Embassy. They must, however, obtain an I-20 from Yale University and present the I-20 and a valid passport at the U.S. port of entry. Be absolutely certain (especially if driving across the border) that you receive an I-94 card at the port of entry marked “F-1” (or “J-1”).
- Entering the U.S. You cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the start date printed on your I-20 form. At the U.S. port of entry, you must present your I-20 form (or DS-2019 for J-1 status) and your passport with a valid visa stamp.
- If you are already in the U.S. and need to transfer your F-1 student status, please carefully read these instructions.
- If you are in the U.S. in another status (such as H-1B), it is recommended that you depart the U.S. and return with a student visa. For more information, please contact Monica Weeks in the OISS to make the necessary arrangements.