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think big.

Global Citizen Year is for bold high school grads who are hungry to make a real impact, and to make college count. Each year we select a class of talented high school seniors as Fellows and provide them with the opportunity to live and work in Brazil, Ecuador, India or Senegal during a gap year abroad before college.

In the photo: Alcyone Magana, Ecuador ’15, Watson University

think big.

Global Citizen Year is for bold high school grads who are hungry to make a real impact, and to make college count. Each year we select a class of talented high school seniors as Fellows and provide them with the opportunity to live and work in Brazil, Ecuador, India or Senegal during a gap year abroad before college.

In the photo: Karina Lisboa Basund, Senegal ’17, New York University Abu Dhabi

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. What can you learn when you close the textbook and make the world your classroom? A new passion? A foreign language? A global perspective? Explore how our gap year program offers this and so much more.

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

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. What can you learn when you close the textbook and make the world your classroom? A new passion? A foreign language? A global perspective? Explore how our gap year program offers this and so much more.

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

we’ve created a bridge.

This year of international immersion is designed to give high school graduates perspective, confidence, and purpose prior to college. Our program is an opportunity to learn and explore in a real world classroom – no walls, no textbooks…just life through a global lens.

we’ve created a bridge.

This year of international immersion is designed to give high school graduates perspective, confidence, and purpose prior to college. Our program is an opportunity to learn and explore in a real world classroom – no walls, no textbooks…just life through a global lens.

why a bridge year

Immersion

Experience true global immersion – one of the biggest benefits of a gap year. 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, Hindi, Wolof, or other local languages while you’re abroad. Full immersion, tutoring, and online training will accelerate your learning far beyond any campus classroom.

Lifelong Network

Connect with extraordinary Fellows and experience the weird bonding magic that only happens when you travel abroad before college. 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 skills matter more than grades or test scores. Increasingly, leading colleges from Princeton and Harvard to Tufts and Middlebury encourage gap years. So here’s your chance, take a year off before college and arrive on campus with the benefits of real-world experience, global perspective, and a clear sense of purpose. A gap year will help you start college knowing who you are, why you’re there, and what you’re capable of.

Meet a fellow.

Over 450 students have participated as Global Citizen Year fellows. They have lived in communities across Brazil, Ecuador, India and Senegal for cultural experiences and opportunities you can only get abroad. Learn more about how a gap year before college will set you up for success on campus and beyond.

Pooja is one of them.

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

Meet a fellow.

Over 450 students have participated as Global Citizen Year fellows. They have lived in communities across Brazil, Ecuador, India and Senegal for cultural experiences and opportunities you can only get abroad. Learn more about how a gap year before college will set you up for success on campus and beyond.

Pooja is one of them.

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

be a fellow.

Ready to define your future?

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

be a fellow.

Ready to define your future?

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

global citizen year in the press

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

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…

 

 

The ‘Gap Year’ Not Just for Rich Kids Anymore

When the White House announced that Malia Obama would be taking a year off after high school before attending Harvard, it turned a spotlight on the idea of a ‘gap year.’

 

 

Malia’s Decision to Take a Gap Year isn’t Just Good for Her – It’s Good for the Country

A year of real-world experience before college may be the most powerful way to improve educational outcomes and post-college success…

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