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Why Global Citizen Year?


  • Develop your leadership
    • Become fluent in a new language and culture
    • Learn alongside global experts
    • Undergo critical leadership training in the US & abroad
  • Uncover your passions
    • Dive deep into your interests, on your own time and terms
    • Find meaningful ways to have an impact through your work
  • Make the most of college
    • Arrive on campus with a clear sense of purpose
    • Gain clear experience to apply to any academic setting
    • Prepare yourself to stand out in applications and interviews – in college, and beyond
  • Join the movement
    • Become part of a talented network of diverse, young leaders
    • Be at the forefront of the movement to re-imagine education and leadership in America



 Global Citizen Year is unlike any other bridge year program.  Here’s what sets us apart:

Total ImmersionGo deep in a new country, community and culture through 9-months of total immersion. Learn More.
Personalized ApprenticeshipsLearn about poverty and development from the ground up. Learn More.
A Diverse CohortOur cohorts reflect our country’s diversity. Each year 80% of our Fellows receive financial aid. Learn More.
Intensive TrainingAccelerate your learning through world-class training and individualized support. Learn More.
A Lifelong NetworkOur rigorous selection process identifies the most promising young leaders we can find. Join a network of extraordinary peers. Learn More.

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