DILS Application Process


  • The deadline for applications for Fall Semester programs is March 1st.
  • The deadline for applications for Spring Semester programs is October 1st.

You must submit an online application form during the semester preceding the one in which you plan to study (a month before the stated deadlines, a link to the online application will be available on this page). A selection committee will evaluate all applications, assessing each applicant’s goals and qualifications. 

Note: If you are a current DILS student wishing to continue with the language that you are currently studying (or have recently studied in DILS), you must re-apply each semester, being sure to select "Yes" when asked if you are a continuing student on the online application form (see link below).


Please review the following eligibility considerations:

  • You must be a registered Yale student (undergraduate, graduate, or professional) in good academic standing.
  • You must be a applying for a language that is not formally offered at Yale (See https://courses.yale.edu). 
  • You must be highly motivated, self-disciplined, self-directed, and fully committed to the program. 
  • You must be able to demonstrate serious reasons why you wish to study the language for which you are applying.
  • Recognizing the time commitment required for language study, you should be careful not to undertake DILS in an otherwise heavily loaded semester.


  • Please apply using the online application form here (link available a month before stated deadlines).


You will be notified of the review committee’s decision usually within four to six weeks of the application deadline. If you are accepted, and if you are already have some level of proficiency in the language (i.e., you are not an absolute beginner), you must:
  • Schedule a time to take an oral assessment in order to document your current level of oral proficiency.

DILS program staff will then begin searching for a native-speaker of the language to serve as your language partner. Since a work-eligible language partner cannot always be found, acceptance is not a guarantee that the program will run


As an accepted student, you will be expected to:
  • attend all of your scheduled sessions, two 1-hour sessions weekly for 12 weeks (and to notify your language partners if you are sick or are leaving town for one of Yale’s scheduled academic breaks); 
  • identify the language study materials you will be using, with the help of your language partner (like a college course, you would purchase your own study materials);
  • take responsibility for your own learning through independent study, goal setting, and session planning with your language partner; and
  • participate in an oral proficiency assessment at the end of your DILS study.

More Information

For further information about the DILS program, please contact dils@yale.edu.