Yale’s summer session is preparing for a return to personal study

This summer, Yale’s Summer Session will expand its on-campus residential programs to include visiting and pre-college students, and it will be conducting classes in person prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Evan Gorelik

12:23, 31 March 2022

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Yale’s summer session plans to resume its regular campus program this summer and welcome students from around the world to New Haven for the first time since the pandemic broke out.

Yale’s summer session has been offering online courses for a long time, but by the summer of 2020 it was mostly in person – hosting high school students, visiting Yale College students and campus students on campus. Last summer, YSS held almost all of its courses online and allowed only a small number of Yale College students to stay on campus. and the other half will be online.

“I’m excited to be back for a personal summer session,” said Daniel HoSang, an ER&M professor and American researcher who will be teaching “Eugenics and Life After It” on campus this summer. “Especially for a workshop that I teach, which includes a study of the archives of the history of Eugenics and Yale’s scientific racism, a personal meeting is important. I look forward to working with you on this journey. ”

All students coming to campus, regardless of whether or not they are attending Yale College, must comply with Yale’s COVID-19 policy and they must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and, if appropriate, receive a strong shot. take.

Yale College resumed individual study at the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year and remained in person except for the first two weeks of the spring semester. However, the online component of YSS – called Yale Summer Online – remains even after the reduction in cases. The faculty noted that online courses offer a unique opportunity to reach a wider range of students than just study in person.

“I have found it very satisfying to return to teaching in person,” said John Wargo, a professor of environmental health and politics who will teach an online course on “Environmental Law and Management” this summer. “Communicating with students seems easier [in person]and I feel better about their participation in both lectures and talks. [But] Online courses have the advantage of being able to reach geographically dispersed students and students in different time zones. Communication and social collaboration should be carefully planned to require changes in both course organization and student participation to achieve a similar level of effectiveness in personal learning. ”

Although the COVID-19 pandemic required YSS to adjust its operating mode, the pandemic also greatly increased YSS registration.

“Our enrollment was higher than normal during the pandemic,” said YSS communications manager Eli Westerman. “We have been offering online courses since 2012, so we are preparing to move to an online-only curriculum. Based on our request numbers so far, we will have strong registration records for another year. “

In addition to the direct impact of the pandemic on enrollment, YSS COVID-19 courses and housing subsidies are likely to affect enrollment. According to the YSS website, first- and second-year courses enrolled for both the fall semesters of 2020 and spring of 2021, which take at least one intermediate period according to Yale’s guidelines, can receive two-course subsidies for YSS New Haven, Online or Abroad . each summer before their school year.

“We look forward to an increasing number of YSS COVID-19 courses this summer, and in preparation we will offer an in-depth and extensive list of courses,” Westerman said.

Overseas YSS programs also plan to return in person this summer, after the programs were converted to online courses in the summer of 2020 and 2021. Although YSS Abroad has moved forward with planning programs around the world, it has not given any guarantees to students due to the uncertainty of the continuation of the pandemic – especially in terms of international travel.

For Session A courses (May 30 – July 1), Yale College students must apply by May 4th. For B courses (July 4 – August 5), Yale College students must apply by June 8th.


Evan Gorelik covers faculties and academics. She is studying English and economics at Timothy Dwight College for her first year.

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