2020 high school grads: now is your moment to become the leaders our world needs.
Our gap year is designed to support you at every step and give the freedom to create an experience of your own.
Join an amazing cohort of aspiring young changemakers. Together, your journey begins at Stanford where you’ll learn from innovators making a global impact - from AirBNB, Google, Kiva and beyond.
Stay longer, go deeper. Become part of a host family and learn to make a meaningful impact on a local project. Learn a new language. Return home with resilience, confidence, and courage.
Start college (and your career!) with a global network who has your back and is ready to help you launch your best life.
Learn to make a responsible impact in environmental conservation, public health, agriculture, education, or social enterprise in countries around the world.
Learn from leaders at the world’s most innovative companies and organizations.
"I’ve developed my public speaking skills and made an impact on hundreds of people by motivating them to take care of our planet."See Fernanda's story
"India is such a world away from what I knew. My love for learning has been revitalized. I've come into my own."
"I’m a carpenter’s apprentice and together my boss and I create intricate beds, tables and chairs. I also get to teach English and Computer Literacy at the local school."See Jasen's Story
At 400+ colleges, alumni are excelling as leaders on campus and in the classroom.
Distinguished by their Global Citizen Year, alumni achieve competitive grants and fellowships.
Top companies and organizations across the globe hire Fellows after college.
Fellow / Senegal
— Erik Oline
I turned around to the open arms of my host family (yes, all 23 of them)! The family farm is a little slice of heaven…
Parent / Brazil
— Shih-Hung Shieh
The Fellows mature into intelligent, compassionate, cosmopolitan citizens of the world, able to converse about global issues…
Fellow / Ecuador
— Henry Yeary
I wanted the world to slap me silly, sweep me up like a tornado and crash me down. I needed to live.
Fellow / India
— Indi Nunez
The world does not need us to save it; it needs us to understand it. Perhaps to help is not to give after all, but rather to empower…
Fellow / Senegal
— Elise Leise
In a world filled with complex global challenges, I hope to be part of a generation that refuses to give up so easily.
Parent / Senegal
— Pam Ricker (Jordan Ricker)
I am so glad my son has had this experience. It has given him more than the acquisition of two new languages…