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International Students

Approximately 40% of students at the Yale School of Music
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.


Student Employment

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:


TOEFL Exemptions