International student program bridges Yale and Singapore sister school

Yale CIPE program director Kathryn Bell with Yale-NUS student Swarnima Sircar.

Since its founding in 2011, Yale-NUS College has worked to provide global learning opportunities for students while seeking to introduce them to diverse intellectual traditions and cultures. Kathryn Bell, a program director from the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE), oversees the Yale Visiting International Student Program (Y-VISP), an initiative in New Haven that embraces that same philosophy and approach. The program, which invites exceptional students from partner institutions to study at Yale, has especially drawn interest from Yale-NUS students, with 29 participating in it this semester alone.

Yale-NUS encourages all its students to dedicate themselves to building a community in which living and learning are intertwined, and creativity, curiosity and critical thinking are continuously nurtured,” said Bell. “In implementing the Y-VISP program we place a premium upon encouraging and supporting those very same things.”