Academy FAQs

Eligibility

  • Can students from outside the U.S. apply?
  • I’m in college or older, can I apply?
  • I’m still in high school, can I apply?
  • What are the technology requirements to use the Forum learning platform?

Admissions

  • How do I apply?
  • When are the application deadlines?
  • How soon will I hear back after applying?
  • Do I need to be 100% certain I'll do Global Citizen Academy when I apply?
  • What do you look for in an applicant?
  • What should I say or do in my application video? I’m stumped!
  • Do I still need to apply to Global Citizen Academy if I was previously admitted to the Global Citizen Year Fellowship?

Tuition

  • How much does this cost?
  • How does the sliding scale tuition work?

Experience

  • Who else will be joining the cohort?
  • How will students participate across multiple time zones?
  • What will the courses cover?
  • Can I receive college credit?
  • What's the Forum learning platform like?
  • When does the semester start and end?
  • What's the time commitment?
  • What should I do with my independent time?
  • Can I do this alongside another program, college, or high school?
  • Who are mentors and how does the mentorship program work?
  • Does the Academy have a Code of Conduct?

Still have questions? We're here for you.

Chat

Live chat available M-F
9am - 5pm PST

Eligibility

Can students from outside the U.S. apply?

Yes, international students are strongly encouraged to apply!

I’m in college or older, can I apply?

Global Citizen Year Academy is open to students aged 17-21 (at the start of the program). We believe that the leadership coursework and cohort experience will be meaningful to anyone within that age range, regardless of whether or not you’ve started college.

I’m still in high school, can I apply?

Yes, as long as you are between 17 and 21 years old at the start of the program.

What are the technology requirements to use the Forum learning platform?

Minerva’s Forum platform facilitates an incredible learning experience when everyone is able to participate fully. As part of our admissions process, we require that applicants complete an internet and systems check to ensure your hardware meets the requirements for Forum. This is to ensure all students have the best possible experience in our program.

In addition to the technology requirements, we encourage you to follow these best practices:

  1. Confirm that you have a functioning webcam, headphones, and keyboard. Standard Apple headphones with a built-in microphone are perfectly fine. We recommend leaving your computer plugged in rather than running on battery.
  2. Close all tabs and programs when participating to ensure you are not overloading your computer.
  3. The Google Chrome browser is required. Please note that Firefox and Safari will not work, and that phones and tablets (even running Chrome) are not supported. If you do not have Chrome, you can download it here.

Admissions

How do I apply?

Visit globalcitizenyear.org/academy/apply to submit your application.

The online application takes roughly one hour to complete.

When are the application deadlines?

The priority admissions deadline is December 15, 2020 and the final admissions deadline is January 15, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

How soon will I hear back after applying?

You can expect to receive your admissions decision within 2 weeks of applying. If you need your admissions decision sooner (for example, because of a college deferral request deadline), please email admissions@globalcitizenyear.org to discuss fast-tracking your application.

Do I need to be 100% certain I'll do Global Citizen Academy when I apply?

The application is non-binding so you should feel free to apply even if you aren't 100% certain you will do Global Citizen Academy if you're accepted. After acceptance you will have time to decide whether the program is right for you. And there will be many opportunities to connect with us and ask questions along the way.

What do you look for in an applicant?

The Academy is designed for hopeful and determined young people, aged 17-21, who are ready to get in the arena, level up and lead. We are looking to build a well-rounded global cohort that brings a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Strong candidates will demonstrate a commitment to self-reflection, learning, and collaboration.

What should I say or do in my application video? I’m stumped!

This is the fun part! Our number one tip: don’t overthink it. We want to get to know you, learn about your passions, and better understand your motivations for participating in a leadership experience like Global Citizen Year Academy. The most important thing is that you answer the questions posed in the prompt, and that your motives for participating in this program are clear.

Some students get quite creative with their submissions, and many submit great videos in a simple straight to camera format. We encourage you to do whatever feels natural to you!

Do I still need to apply to Global Citizen Academy if I was previously admitted to the Global Citizen Year Fellowship?

Yes, you will still need to apply for Global Citizen Year Academy, since there are elements of this application and program that are unique from the Fellowship.

However, there is no reason you wouldn't be a strong candidate for the Academy if we've admitted you to the Fellowship! So, we encourage you to bring the same passion and energy to the Academy application that made us say yes to you previously!

With that said, the $500 deposit you paid to secure your place in the Fellowship can be redirected as your $500 deposit for Global Citizen Year Academy, if you have not had it refunded.

Tuition

How much does this cost?

We are pleased to offer a sliding scale model for Global Citizen Year Academy with tuition ranging from $500 to $5,000 (full tuition) on a payment plan schedule. We offer a 10% discount at each tuition tier to those families who wish to pay tuition in one payment.

Thanks to the support of our donors, we also have a limited number of need-based FULL SCHOLARSHIPS and deposit-only ($250) payment plans.

We ask that you pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. For more details, visit our page on Tuition & Financial Aid.

How does the sliding scale tuition work?

Although the full cost of tuition for the Academy is $5000, tuition is offered on a sliding scale to ensure this opportunity is accessible to the highest potential leaders, regardless of financial background. We ask that you pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. To ensure that the scholarship tiers are reserved for families with demonstrated financial need, income verification may be required.

Experience

Who else will be joining the cohort?

Global Citizen Academy participants hail from all over the world: Mexico, Switzerland, Singapore, the U.S., and more! We're offering each course in numerous sections, so you'll be able to select the time that best aligns with your time zone and schedule. Students are between 17-21 years old, typically either on a gap year, finishing high school, or enrolled in college.

Watch this video to meet a few of the amazing students in our Fall 2020 cohort!

How will students participate across multiple time zones?

We will have multiple course sections to accommodate different time zones and schedules. We will decide on the times once we know what works for the global cohort, and we'll do our absolute best to make sure every Fellow can join a session that works for them!

What will the courses cover?

Global Citizen Academy’s curriculum is designed to develop leadership skills from the inside out. Visit our Experience Page for full course descriptions and a sample schedule. Learning outcomes include:

  • Know yourself: Develop skills that unlock self-awareness, well-being and a sense of purpose.
  • Understand the world: Analyze local issues and connect them to our global context.
  • Drive impact: Collaborate with peers from around the world to align your values and actions with meaningful impact.

Can I receive college credit?

At this time, college credit is not available.

What's the Forum learning platform like?

Learn more about Minerva’s cutting-edge Forum learning platform here.

When does the semester start and end?

The spring semester will run from February 22 - May 14, 2021. This is a 12-week program.

What's the time commitment?

The Academy is designed to be compatible with most schedules, whether you're in high school, on a gap year, or in college. Students should plan for an average weekly commitment of 5-10 hours a week. Each week students will engage in:

  • 3.5 hours on the Active Learning Forum participating in engaging courses with faculty, peers, and cross-sector leaders from across the globe.
  • Remaining hours completing pre-work, reflections, and course-related projects, both individually and as a group.

What should I do with my independent time?

Global Citizen Year Academy requires a commitment of 5-10 hours per week, intentionally leaving you time for high school, college, work, or independent exploration of issues and projects you’re passionate about. Students looking for deeper engagement, can choose to volunteer with the Academy's Impact Partners -- worldwide at the forefront of confronting our climate crisis, ending racial inequity, preventing the next pandemic, and more. However you choose to follow your curiosity, the Academy will provide a wrap-around structure to support you in reaching your goals.

Can I do this alongside another program, college, or high school?

Yes! Global Citizen Year Academy requires a commitment of 5-10 hours per week, and is intentioanlly designed to be compatible with a typical high school or college schedule. So long as you can manage the time commitments for both pursuits, the Academy will enhance your education, independent projects, programs or work by providing a meaningful layer of structure, support, and purpose.

Who are mentors and how does the mentorship program work?

Mentors are Global Citizen Year alumni and other professionals who bring expertise in select areas. They are recruited by our team, and chosen for their knowledge and willingness to share and support Academy students. We review information about each potential mentor before adding them to our list. Mentors also receive guidance on how to effectively and appropriately connect with our students, and they are required to sign a code of conduct which conveys our expectations.

Mentoring sessions will be conducted virtually--by phone or video conference--and will be scheduled directly between student and mentor at the initiation of the student. Students may voluntarily opt to participate in the Mentor Program--it is not a required component of the Academy.

Because most Academy students will be 18 or older, and mentoring meetings will be conducted virtually, mentors are not asked to go through background checks. While Global Citizen Year believes these mentors will have a positive impact on our students, mentors are not employees of Global Citizen Year and Global Citizen Year does not oversee or control their activities. Thus, Global Citizen Year is not responsible for their conduct. If you have any questions or concerns about mentors, please let us know at academy@globalcitizenyear.org.

Does the Academy have a Code of Conduct?

Yes. All Global Citizen Year Academy students must agree to our Code of Conduct. These community expectations are key to providing a respectful and welcoming space where all participants feel encouraged to share their viewpoints.

IT'S TIME TO BREAK OUT FROM THE EXPECTED

Apply Now