The Academy

For impatient optimists worldwide, this is your opportunity to level up with a diverse, international cohort of determined young leaders like you.


Students worldwide ages 17-21


Feb 22 - May 14, 2021

Application Deadline

Dec 15, 2020
Jan 25, 2021

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Why The Academy

An experience to unlock your leadership potential

Through our signature course, Leadership As A Practice, you’ll learn about yourself, the world, and your role at the intersection. Guided by our expert instructors and in collaboration with talented peers, you’ll learn to analyze critical issues in your community, connect them with a global context, and explore ways you can make a positive impact now and in the future. You’ll also be matched with one of our 100+ diverse professionals and experts for one-on-one mentorship to support your leadership development. And our star-studded speaker series gives you access to intimate discussions with today’s most impactful changemakers.

The ideal balance of structure and independence

The Academy is designed as a 5-10 hour per week commitment that adds an enriching layer of purpose to high school, college, gap years, or work. The Academy provides a supportive structure as you work toward charting your own course and designing your life. Multiple course times help ensure compatibility with almost any time zone or schedule. If you’re looking for deeper engagement, you can choose to volunteer through our network of impact partners -- organizations worldwide at the forefront of confronting our climate crisis, addressing racial inequities, preventing the next pandemic, and more.

Selective admissions, sliding scale tuition

Our selective admissions process identifies highly motivated, open-minded and impact-driven students from around the globe. We cast a wide net for talent and are proud to offer an admissions process that doesn’t rely on test scores, grades or a family’s financial circumstances. We’re proud to offer sliding scale tuition to ensure promising leaders from all backgrounds are able to participate.


History demonstrates that ideas don’t change the world -- leaders do. Global Citizen Year is transforming the trajectory and impact of future leaders. By joining Global Citizen Year, you’ll get access to the most influential changemakers of our time, and join a network of young leaders dedicated to solving the world's most complex challenges.

With an alumni network of 1,200 and growing, the Global Citizen Year community is a source of collaboration, opportunity, and support -- for life. Our alumni are thriving in colleges and careers in over 60 countries; they’re being honored with Fulbrights, Davis Peace Prizes, and Gates Millennium Scholarships; they’re working at The New York Times, Airbnb, Teach For America, and Tesla. Global Citizen Year alumni are already having an outsized impact on society; and they’re just getting started!

Rara’s found that the Academy aligned with many of her college courses.

“It's so worth it to spend time with people who have the same vision as you to create real change, build global connections, and open minds.”

See Rara's Story
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