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.)
- The Financial Aid Information Booklet for the 2018-2019 academic year provides useful information on loans, the federal work-study program, instrument/repair loans, and more.
- A financial aid award notice will be sent by email to your new yale.edu 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 $ 49,260
*The health insurance fee is estimated and will be finalized over the summer.
Graduate Housing applications (for Graduate Dorms and on-campus apartments) may be submitted as early as April 23, 2018. 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 1, 2018 (detailed below). This is the deadline for you to submit documents to Admissions.
Deadline: May 1
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 1.
You must submit bank statements and affidavits (instructions below) 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.
The amount you must show in your bank statements equals the total estimated cost of tuition and living expenses for one year ($49,260*) MINUS your full-tuition scholarship ($33,000) 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 statement(s) must be in English (issued in English by the bank or translated by a certified translator – not translated by you).
The bank statements may be in your name, a sponsor’s name, or a combination of both. 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;
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) about these forms!
*This amount will be finalized over the summer, once the health insurance fee is confirmed.
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 must obtain a student visa, but are not required to visit a U.S. Embassy in person. They must obtain an I-20 from Yale University and present the I-20 and a valid passport at the U.S. port of entry, receiving a student visa at the border. 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,” if applicable).
- 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. under 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 Mihwa Lee in the OISS to make the necessary arrangements.
GETTING REGISTERED – PART 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 would like, you may forward your Yale e-mail to your personal account.
Visit the New Graduate and Professional School Students page on the Yale Health website and print the “Vaccination Record” form and relevant instructions. Bring the form and instructions with you to a healthcare provider to complete.
Starting June 20, 2018, visit the Yale Medicat Incoming Student Vaccination Portal at https://yale.medicatconnect.com. In Medicat, enter your Yale Net ID and set up a password; answer some basic questions; enter the dates of all your vaccinations; upload your forms and documentation for verification; await verification for one to five business days; and respond, if necessary, to requests for further information or corrective action.
These forms must be submitted no later than August 1, 2018.
Upload your photo for your Yale photo ID online by May 31. (Website is available starting March 1.)
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 (M.M.) program must submit a final transcript indicating the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students entering Yale’s Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) or Master of Musical Arts (M.M.A.) programs must submit a final transcript indicating the completion of a master’s degree. Students entering Yale’s Artist Diploma (A.D.) or Certificate in Performance programs must submit a final transcript indicating the completion of high school. *You must have your final, official transcripts (sent directly from the school or transcript clearinghouse) mailed or emailed to our office. Our mailing address is listed below. If you expect that your transcripts will arrive after July 1, please alert us by emailing email@example.com.
Office of Admissions
Yale School of Music
PO Box 208246
New Haven, CT 06520-8246
For FedEx, UPS, or DHL
Office of Admissions
Yale School of Music
98 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
GETTING REGISTERED – PART 2
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 will become available August 27, 2018. Please note that you cannot register for history or hearing classes until after the placement exams in late August/early September, at which point you will be automatically registered.
If you are interested in teaching lessons at Yale, apply online by September 14, 2018.
Are you interested in performance opportunities in the greater New Haven area? Register for the YSM Gig and Community Lessons Lists to receive automated emails about opportunities for your instrument(s).
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 4, 2018 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 2018-2019 calendar will be made available shortly.
Attendance is mandatory. Students who do not attend are subject to a fine!
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will host two orientations for YSM students. If you wish to receive a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization, you must attend one. The sessions will be held on Friday, August 31 at 2pm and Friday, September 7 at 4pm. To begin work as soon as possible, please plan to attend the first session, which is held before the start of YSM classes. More information about registering for these sessions will be sent out in late summer.
Please submit a signed Unlimited Media Release form by September 7, 2018.
Please submit a color photograph (high resolution at 300 dpi please) to the Concert Office by September 7. 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 Yale Health Basic Coverage for free, as well as Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage for a fee. Please review the coverage and decide if you wish to waive the Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage.
The online waiver form becomes available in mid-June and is due September 15. The following forms for 2018-19 will be posted in June as well.
Yale also offers Dental and Eye Care programs to Graduate and Professional School students. The enrollment website will open briefly in August. See here for more information.
Special note for DMA students: please note that health insurance is required for all 5 years that you are registered in the program.