Information for Exchange Program Applicants

The Yale-China Association is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 exchange programs through September 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Applications to the YUNA Exchange and the L(U)CY Exchange will be conducted through a common application process. Application materials are available 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 2017 and spring semester 2018).
  • 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 Collective Memory and Generational Identity. The theme for L(U)CY this year is Social Entrepreneurship. 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 2018, 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 2018;
  • 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:

Upcoming Info Sessions

Thu, Sep. 14 | 12-1PM | Saybrook/Branford Rm (Saybrook entryway A)
Fri, Sep. 15 | 12-1PM | 6th Fl Seminar Rm, tower of Pauli Murray College
Tue, Sep. 19 | 8-9PM | 222 York St, Room 314
Wed, Sep. 27 | 8-9PM | 222 York St, Room 314

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 2017-2018 Yale-China exchange program should complete the application form, available for download. Submit it to the Exchange Program Selection Committee via e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, September 29, 2017. Candidates may then be invited to an interview with the Committee in the first week of October.

Download Application Form:

Exchange Program Application Form 2017 [PDF]
Exchange Program Application Form 2017 [Word]

Technical Note: The application form is offered in two formats, PDF and Microsoft Word. Either format is acceptable as long as all the data entered is legible within the document's original basic layout. If you are having difficulty, it is also acceptable to print a hard copy of your application and then e-mail a scanned PDF of the printed version.

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