New Student Checklist
Log into your online account to respond to Yale’s offer of admission and pay the registration deposit of $500 USD. (ISM students should not pay this deposit. Instead, follow deposit instructions in your ISM paperwork.)
Note: We will not be mailing hard copy matriculation contracts this year. We are using the digital version of the contract that you submitted as part of your online enrollment response.
Matriculation contract will be sent by regular mail in mid-late May to students who have deposited. This contract must be signed and returned within 2 weeks after being received. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received your contract by mid-late May.
- Financial aid award notice will be sent by email to your new yale.edu email address. Look for an email from SFS@yale.edu in late April. In order for your scholarship and fellowship to be processed, you need to officially accept them. Instructions will be included in the email from SFS@yale.edu).
- A full-tuition award and fellowship (stipend) are made to all students who are admitted to the Yale School of Music, with the exception of those receiving awards from other agencies. The fellowship amount is listed in your acceptance letter. Special note for DMA students: A continuing registration fee is charged for the three non-resident years.
- Estimated Budget for the School of Music
Room & Board
Books & Music
TOTAL $ 48,192
Graduate Housing applications (for Graduate Dorms and on-campus apartments) may be submitted as early as April 1. update: The housing office has delayed the opening date for housing applications by approximately one week. Click here to apply. Do not delay! University housing fills extremely quickly. Visit the Housing Overview page for more information about housing options (on and off-campus) at Yale.
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must apply for an I-20 from Yale and a student visa from the U.S. Embassy. The Office of Admissions must receive certain paperwork on or before May 18 (detailed below). This is the deadline for you to submit documents to Admissions.
Deadline: May 18
International students must submit paperwork to the Office of Admissions by this deadline. You will need to apply for two important documents in order to enroll in school in the United States:
- an I-20 or DS-2019, 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. We ask that you submit this paperwork by May 18.
You must submit bank statements and affidavits to Yale School of Music Office of Admissions. You can scan and email these forms, or fax them. 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 ($48,192*), MINUS your full-tuition scholarship ($32,000), MINUS your fellowship listed in your admissions letter. 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, (203) 432-4155; email email@example.com. Please do not contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) about these forms!
Please refer to this checklist from the Office of International Students & Scholars
- 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 further information. The email will provide instructions for obtaining an immigration document (an I-20 or DS-2019). 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). Click here for instructions for paying the fee.
- Applying for the Student Visa. Apply early! After you receive your I-20, the next step is to apply for a student visa. Click here for details. You will need to bring your I-20 form, SEVIS Fee receipt, and copy of your financial documents to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy. You should 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.
- For information about the SUMMER between two programs, click here.
- 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.
GETTING REGISTERED – PART 1
(To do before June 1)
You will receive a series of e-mails with instructions for activating your Yale e-mail address and NetID. Checking your Yale e-mail account is mandatory. If you prefer, you may forward your Yale e-mail to your personal account.
Upload your photo for your Yale photo ID online by May 31. (Website is available March 16.)
Due May 31: You will not be permitted to register for classes until all health forms are submitted and immunization requirements are met. ALL new students must submit the proper required forms.
Special note for DMA students: Please note that health insurance is required for all 5 years that you are registered in the program.
All students must submit final transcripts* by July 1 to the Admissions Office indicating the completion of prerequisite degrees. Students entering Yale’s Master of Music program must submit a final transcript indicating the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students entering Yale’s Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) or Master of Musical Arts (MMA) programs must submit a final transcript indicating the completion of a master’s degree. Students entering Yale’s Artist Diploma (AD) or Certificate in Performance program must submit a final transcript indicating the completion of high school. *You must have your final, OFFICIAL transcripts mailed to our office. Our mailing address is listed on this page (left-hand column; scroll down). If you expect that your transcripts will arrive after July 1, please alert us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
GETTING REGISTERED – PART 2
(To do in July–August)
After you move to New Haven, access Yale’s Student Information System and update the information on the “Personal Data” tab, specifically your New Haven address and telephone number, billing address, biographical information, and emergency contacts.
Please follow this link for information about setting up your financial accounts at Yale using the eBill e-Pay system. Complete information can be found on the Student Financial Services website.
The University’s Office of Student Financial Services provides options to parents and students for paying education expenses on a monthly basis.
Course registration takes place at the end of August.
If you are interested in teaching lessons at Yale, apply online by mid-September. The application will become available soon.
The application will be available in late May. Would you like to hear about local gigs: weddings, concert series, lessons, and special events? Sign up to hear about these opportunities – just submit the online registration form. You will be added to the lists you specify and will receive gig postings as they come in.
Please note that in order to register to teach community lessons, you must also apply to teach secondary/undergraduate lessons (see Yale Teaching Application section).
The questionnaire will become available soon.
New student orientation is on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. Check-in begins at 8:00 in the lobby of Sprague Hall, 470 College Street. The schedule for the rest of the week will be posted here. Please check the calendar regularly as new events will be added. A printable version of the 2017-2018 calendar will be made available shortly.
Attendance is mandatory. Students who do not attend are subject to a fine!
Please submit a signed Unlimited Media Release form by September 15.
Please submit a color photograph (high resolution at 300 dpi please) and biography of no more than 150 words to the Concert Office by September 15. Click here for the form. These materials are an important part of professional practice and allow us to promote concerts and events that you may be a part of.
All students are automatically enrolled in Basic Coverage, as well as Hospitalization and Prescription coverage for a fee. Please review the coverage and decide if you wish to waive the Hospitalization and/or Prescription coverage.
The online waiver form becomes available in mid-June and is due September 15. The following forms for 2016-17 will be posted in June as well.