Exchange Programs

Yale-China partners with New Asia College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University to offer two exchange programs: YUNA and L(U)CY.

Yale-China exchange programs begin with a planning phase in the fall, during which participants prepare presentations related to an annual theme and make arrangements for theme-related activities to take place during the Chinese students’ visit to New Haven.

After hosting the Chinese students at Yale in January/February, the Yale delegation travels together to China during spring break in March. At Yale and in China, a full schedule of programming facilitates academic dialogue, cultural exploration, and lasting friendships among the exchange participants.

Selection for both exchange programs is administered through a combined process; applicants can elect to be considered for one or both programs. The application for the Yale-China Exchange Programs is administered online and can be found on Qualtrics. It is recommended that you plan out your short answer responses prior to starting the application. Please find the short answer questions below.

1. Briefly explain your interest in participating in an exchange program with Chinese students. Why China? What makes you a good fit for this opportunity? (Please limit your answer to 500 words.)
2. Please choose one time (since high school) in which you had to work with a team of people toward a common goal or project. Describe what you learned from the experience and your role in the group's work. (Please limit your answer to 500 words.)
3. Please elaborate on your preference for L(U)CY or YUNA. What attracts you to this particular program? If you wish to be considered for only one program, please discuss that program. If you wish to be considered for both programs, please discuss your first choice program. (Please limit your response to 500 words.)
4. What does the theme of your chosen program mean to you? What would you bring to a discussion/study of issues related to this theme? (Please limit your response to 500 words per program. If you are applying to both programs, please discuss both themes, limiting your answer to 1000 words total.)
5. Based on your answer to the previous question, please describe a day that you might plan for the visiting students during their stay in New Haven. Include activities related to the theme and also social activities. Be creative and do not worry about logistics for the purpose of this question. (Please limit your answer to 750 words. If you are applying to both programs, address your top choice.)

Select a program for more details

YUNA Exchange
Open to sophomores and juniors in Yale College.
L(U)CY Exchange
Open to all Yale College students.

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