Global Citizen Academy

2020 high school grads: now is your moment to become the leaders our world needs.

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For the 2020-21 academic year, Global Citizen Year is proud to offer a new and alternative offering instead of our global fellowship.

If you're interested in a gap year, apply to join Global Citizen Academy - a first-of-its kind leadership experience equipping diverse high school graduates worldwide with powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact.


For more information about our global fellowship (set to resume for the academic year 2021-22) you can learn more below.

Get the global experience, skills, and network to break out from the expected.

Our gap year is designed to support you at every step and give the freedom to create an experience of your own.

Leadership Training

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.

Global Immersion

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.

Lifelong Network

Start college (and your career!) with a global network who has your back and is ready to help you launch your best life.

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Get access to world-class thinkers and doers

Learn from leaders at the world’s most innovative companies and organizations.

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Fernanda cleaning marine turtle at apprenticeship in Brazil

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to do something that matters

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Fernanda (Brazil ‘17) got hands-on experience tackling global issues.

"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
Timia Pratt, India '16, Occidental College

Timia (India '16) got the independence and support that set her up for college success.

"India is such a world away from what I knew. My love for learning has been revitalized. I've come into my own."

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Jasen Lo, Senegal, Minerva School

Jasen (Senegal ‘17) lived and worked like a local.

"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
Jasen Lo, Senegal '17, Minerva Schools at KGI

Alumni are working across sectors and industries to change the world - for good.

Tufts, Stanford, Middlebury, Yale

At 400+ colleges, alumni are excelling as leaders on campus and in the classroom.

Fulbright, Rhodes & Gates Scholars

Distinguished by their Global Citizen Year, alumni achieve competitive grants and fellowships.

Tesla, JP Morgan, United Nations, TFA

Top companies and organizations across the globe hire Fellows after college.

Success Stories