Fields

What Fields is

The Fields program gives you the opportunity to pursue advanced-level language study within the context of your academic area of focus.

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Am I Eligible to Apply?

If you are a registered Yale student (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) in good academic standing, pursuing a degree other than language and literature, and at the equivalent of an L5 or beyond in your language ability, you may apply for multi-year study through Fields. If you are an undergraduate, you must have the approval of your Residential College Dean.

How Do I Apply?

To learn about the application process, go to the Fields Application Process.

How Fields Works

Fields is a highly individualized, non-credit, discipline-specific language study program, providing coordination and funding for the following components:

  • Language Partner - A language partner is a native speaker of the target language. You will meet with your language partner twice a week in one-hour sessions to develop linguistic and cultural competence related to your field of study.
  • Mentoring - A mentor might be a professor at Yale or elsewhere or a professional in your field who has international experience to provide insight and guidance specific to your interests and goals.
  • Coaching -The Fields coordinator will provide guidance and coordination on the overall Fields experience, as well as advice on learning strategies, techniques, and resources to support ongoing independent study.
  • Field Experience - You will be encouraged to take advantage of existing study abroad opportunities, internships, or other experiences in the field as part of your overall academic plan.
  • Coursework - When available, relevant advanced-level language courses at Yale, including content-based language courses, can be included in your planned program of study.
  • Instructional Materials - Your language partner, mentor, and program staff will assist you in identifying and acquiring authentic texts and audiovisual materials that are appropriate to your area of focus.
  • Assessment - You will be tested before, during, and after your Fields program to determine your language proficiency and progress. Whenever possible, oral and written tests are administered and evaluated according to national and standardized ACTFL testing scales.
  • ePortfolio - You will be given the opportunity to develop and maintain an ePortfolio of your Fields language learning experience.

What Will I Invest in the Program?

Participation in the Fields program requires time and dedication. As a Fields student, you must be self-motivated and willing and able to assume full responsibility for your learning. You will be expected to:

  • commit to a regular schedule of independent study created with the Fields coordinator and language partner
  • attend two weekly language sessions with your language partner
  • participate in oral and/or written proficiency assessments (informal and formal)

What Will I Gain from the Program?

Beyond the rich experience that results from the integration of language and discipline studies, participation in the Fields program helps you:

  • prepare a research project or final thesis
  • shape your academic and career goals
  • find study abroad, internships, and other field experiences
  • foster rewarding intercultural and professional relationships at Yale and around the world

More Information

If you have additional questions about the Fields program, please contact fields@yale.edu or call (203) 432-2502 or (203) 432-0584. You can also check the list of former DILS students here.

The Fields program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (grant #P116B070104).