International Applicants

International students are a vital part of Yale Divinity School’s vibrant campus culture. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid welcome applications from international students all around the globe. We are committed to offering support in any way we can for international students applying to the programs offered at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. 

See further information: Yale University Information for International Admissions Applicants

Non-Native English Speakers

All applicants who are not citizens of the United States and who are not native speakers of English must show evidence of proficiency in the English language either by attaining a satisfactory score (a minimum 7.0 band score in all areas) on the International English Language Testing System examination or by having received a degree from an accredited university or college (minimum of two full years of course work) where English is the language of instruction. For information about IELTS test dates and locations, contact IELTS International, 825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 112, Los Angeles CA 90041; telephone 323.255.2771; fax 323.255.1261; e-mail; Web site

English Language Program

The English Language Program, part of Yale’s commitment to internationalization, supports academic communication and the cultural and professional development of the Yale international community. Further information about this program can be found at:

Visa and Immigration

In order to receive a visa to study in the United States, international students must show proof that they have sufficient funds to cover living expenses, travel expenses, tuition, and health fees while studying at Yale. Although international applicants are eligible for scholarship assistance from YDS, that assistance by itself is not sufficient to secure an I-20.

International students must be admitted by the Admissions Committee and must have accepted their offer of admission before the application process for an I-20 can begin. Once the Financial Aid Office receives all of a student’s required documentation, an I-20 will be requested from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). When the I-20 is ready, OISS will send it to the student electronically. The I-20 is not issued more than 3 months prior to the start of a student’s first semester. More information about the process of applying for an I-20 and the forms required may be found on the OISS Web site.

The Office of International Students and Scholars is located at 421 Temple Street, New Haven CT 06511; telephone 203.432.2305; e-mail