Information for Exchange Program Applicants

The Yale-China Association is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 exchange programs through October 1, 2018 at midnight. Applications to the YUNA Exchange and the L(U)CY Exchange will be conducted through a common application process detailed below. Please contact Yale-China education staff (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) with any questions.



Applicants from Yale must meet the following eligibility criteria. Applicants from New Asia College and Lingnan (University) College should contact their respective Colleges' staff directly about application procedures.

  • YUNA is open to sophomore and junior students in Yale College. L(U)CY is open to all students enrolled in Yale College.
  • Participants must be enrolled AND in New Haven for the entire academic year (fall semester 2018 and spring semester 2019).
  • Previous experience with East Asian Studies or Chinese language is NOT a requirement for participation.


Yale-China's exchange programs consist of both academic and cultural components, which are united by an annual theme. Past topics have included mass media, public service, education, sustainability, and law. The theme for YUNA this year is Communities: Marginal and Mainstream. The theme for L(U)CY this year is Sustainability and Social Responsibility. Strong applicants will demonstrate an interest both themes in conducting academic research and in planning cultural activities related to that theme.

Specifically, Yale-China exchange program participants commit to:

  • Attending weekly planning and research meetings throughout the fall semester;
  • Hosting their counterparts at Yale in January / February 2019, including arranging and attending a full schedule of events (two week visit for YUNA, five day visit for L(U)CY);
  • Actively participating in the reciprocal program of academic and cultural events in China for the duration of spring break in March 2019;
  • Conducting research on a subtopic of the theme with another student (YUNA) or team (L(U)CY), to be presented at a symposium in China; and
  • Recruiting and selecting students for the following year’s exchange programs.

The YUNA Exchange is funded by a grant from the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University. All travel and program costs are covered.

The L(U)CY Exchange is funded by Lingnan (University) College. All travel and program costs are covered

Application Materials

Before applying, be sure to review the information above and browse our Virtual Info Session or attend an info session in person:

Yale-China Info Sessions

Fri, Sep. 14 | 12-1PM | Saybrook, Lyceum Room
Fri, Sep. 21 | 12-1PM | Parlor Room in Grace Hopper
Fri, Sep. 28 | 12-1PM | Pauli Murray College

Register to attend the above info sessions at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Eligible students who wish to participate in either 2018-2019 Yale-China exchange program should complete the application form on Qualtrics . Submit it to the Exchange Program Selection Committee no later than midnight on Monday, October 1, 2018. Candidates may then be invited to an interview with the Committee in the first week of October.

Yale-China 2018-2019 Exchange Programs Application

Technical Note: The application, including short answer questions, is done in Qualtrics. It is highly recommended that you review the short answer questions below and plan out your answers prior to starting your application to avoid technical malfunctions.

Yale-China Exchange Programs Application Short Answer Questions

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.)

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