Yale to Host International Relations Summer Program for High School Students

This upcoming August, Yale International Relations Association (YIRA) is hosting the 2020 Yale International Relations Leadership Institute (YIRLI). YIRLI is an intensive and exhilarating 9-day summer institute focused on teaching students about international relations. The program is hosted at Yale University in New Haven.

High school students come from all around the world to explore issues in global affairs, enhance their leadership capacity, improve their public speaking skills, make friends and mentors at the institute, and ideate upon the world’s most pressing issues through an entrepreneurial lens. Students will improve upon their debating skills through workshops and simulations led by Yale students from the Yale International Relations Association, spend a day at United Nations Headquarters, explore the plethora of exciting resources and opportunities available at Yale, and much more.

YIRLI 2020 will be held from August 1st to August 9th, 2020. This year, the program’s  mission is to teach students to “Learn. Innovate. Lead.”

Students can apply through the YIRLI website. The program is operating with rolling admissions, meaning that students can anticipate hearing back from YIRLI within 20 days of submitting all application materials. Although the application deadline is May 1st, the team encourages all applicants to submit their materials as early as their materials are prepared, as the team anticipates a high number of qualified applicants for a limited number of spots.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the YIRLI 2020 organizers will offer time and flexibility to all YIRLI applicants. For any questions, please see students can see the FAQ page here or email the Directors of Communication, Shaezmina Khan and Amy Zhou, at [email protected].

YIRLI (formerly known as YMUNI) 2019 participants hear from a speaker.

YIRLI (formerly known as YMUNI) 2019 participants hear from a speaker.