Surrounded by an international community of students and staff, your days will be filled with new ideas, interests, and opinions — expanding your understanding of the world, and encouraging you to rethink your place in it.
From choosing the subjects you’ll explore to which of the evening activities you’ll take part in, you have the chance to design your days to look just how you want them — and the opportunity to explore every facet of campus life. You’ll visit friends in the dorms and student lounges, take classes all over campus, and find out what it means to get breakfast, get to class, and get your laundry done, all without missing a beat.
Best of all, you’ll have the chance to experience the independence that comes with spending your days (and nights) away from home — knowing that if there’s ever anything you need, every staff member on campus is there to make sure you feel safe, secure, and most of all, at home.
Every day at EXPLO, you’ll be experiencing something new – including meeting all the new people around you. With students from all over the world living just down the hall (and in your academics and extracurriculars), you’ll get to know people with customs, beliefs, and views different from your own. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself trying out a new language, helping to form a club in something totally outside your own background, or picking out a foreign city for a post-EXPLO meet up with new friends from across the world.
Your new roommate could be from New York, California, France, or Japan, and could easily become your new best friend on campus. You’ll both be part of a Living Group of approximately 18-24 students, led by two Residential Advisors who live on your hall, check on you throughout your day, and keep you informed of what’s going on around campus. Consider this your campus family — they’ll care for you as if you were their own.
The suite structure in the residence halls of the Old Campus provides an ideal pre-college living experience. Each building has its own history and unique character. As a residential student, you will be housed with 4 to 10 other students in a suite, each with a mix of single and double bedrooms and a furnished common room. Three or four suites together make up a Living Group, each with two Residential Advisors (RAs). Students are housed by gender. Each Living Group has a furnished student lounge, which serves as a place for daily check-ins and socializing.
The majority of our students come to EXPLO at Yale without knowing other students, so your suitemates and Living Group tend to be the people with whom you make your first friendships. You are assigned housing based on your answers to our housing questionnaire, which helps us match students and create cohesive living groups.
Our staff’s main priority has always been one thing, and one thing only: you. Staff members, faculty, and administrators are there to help instruct and guide you through your summer experience. Our job is to (gently) nudge you beyond your comfort zone, making sure you get to experience all an EXPLO summer has to offer while feeling as safe and secure as possible in the process. And since we’re as excited to be at EXPLO as you’ll be (once you get here), we’ll make sure every experience is as fun and fulfilling as can be.