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think big.

Imagine if you had a year to shape your own education. How would you design it? What can you learn when you close the textbook? Passion? A new language? A global perspective? Where would you build your classroom of one?

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In the photo: Alcyone Magana, Ecuador ’15

think big.

Imagine if you had a year to shape your own education. How would you design it? What can you learn when you close the textbook? Passion? A new language? A global perspective? Where would you build your classroom of one?

In the photo: Alea Alexis, Ecuador ’15, Hampshire College

do different.

The tests. The grades. The treadmill. Over 2 million students in the U.S. go straight to college each year – for more of the same. How will you define your future? What will set you apart?

In the photo: Isaac King, Brazil ’15, Johnson & Wales University

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do different.

The tests. The grades. The treadmill. Over 2 million students in the U.S. go straight to college each year – for more of the same. How will you define your future? What will set you apart?

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In the photo: Isaac King, Brazil ’15, Johnson & Wales University

we’ve created a bridge.

It’s called a bridge year, an international immersion designed to give high school graduates perspective, confidence and purpose prior to college. A bridge year is a real world classroom – no walls, no textbooks…just life through a global lens.

we’ve created a bridge.

It’s called a bridge year, an international immersion designed to give high school graduates perspective, confidence and purpose prior to college. A bridge year is a real world classroom – no walls, no textbooks…just life through a global lens.

why a bridge year

Immersion

Live with a family. Have a local job. Go deeper than a traveler. Become part of a community and make a meaningful and informed contribution. Go from they to we.

Language

Build fluency in Spanish, French, Portuguese or Hindi. Full immersion, tutoring and online training will accelerate your learning far beyond any campus classroom.

Lifelong Network

Connect with extraordinary Fellows you would have never otherwise met. Forge lifelong friendships through trainings and team meet-ups. Launch your future knowing this crew will be your network for life.

Maximize College

Independence. Leadership. Focus. Grit. These are skills that cannot be taught in high school. Start college with the benefit of real-world experience, global perspective, and a clear sense of purpose. Arrive on campus knowing who you are, why you’re there and what you’re capable of.

Meet a fellow.

Over 450 Global Citizen fellows have lived in communities across Brazil, Ecuador, Indiåa and Senegal for cultural experiences you can only get abroad.

Pooja is one of them.
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In the photo: Pooja Thekdi, Brazil ’15, Parsons School of Design

Meet a fellow.

Over 350 Global Citizen fellows have lived in communities across Brazil, Ecuador, India and Senegal for cultural experiences you can only get abroad.

Pooja is one of them.
meet more fellows

In the photo: Pooja Thekdi, Brazil ’15, Parsons School of Design

be a fellow.

Ready to define your future?

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In the photo: Ian Frank, Ecuador ’15, documentary filmmaker

be a fellow.

Ready to define your future?

check out the application

In the photo: Ian Frank, Ecuador ’15, documentary filmmaker

global citizen year in the news

TIMES

Here’s How to Make College Count

American students are taking gap years at record numbers. Over the next three months, many high school graduates across America will start college. Almost half won’t graduate within six years.

FORBES

A Year Off Before College Isn’t a Gap, It’s a Launching Pad

Falik: Global Citizen Year is re-inventing education by making it normal to choose a bridge year: an experience after high school that builds self-awareness, global skills and grit…

HUFFINGTONPOST

‘GLOBAL CITIZEN’ GAP YEAR PROGRAM LEADS TO MORE SUCCESS IN COLLEGE 

For UCLA student Mai Lee, a gap year program between high school and college proved to be instrumental in determining her academic trajectory.

NYT_SQUARE

Go West, Young People! And East!

American universities should also be sending people abroad, but they are still quite insular. The number of Americans studying abroad has tripled over the last 20 years...

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