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Students worldwide ages 17-21


Feb 22 - May 14, 2021


Sliding Scale from $500 - $5000

Application Deadline:

Jan 25, 2021

Academy Admissions

Apply to join a cohort of determined and hopeful young leaders from around the world and grow together into changemakers who will address our shared global challenges. 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.

How to Apply

1. Online Application

Apply online in just one hour. We're 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.

As part of your application, you'll select your tuition tier based on our sliding scale tuition model. Students who request financial aid will upload their FAFSA Student Aid Report or CSS Profile.

2. Tech Check

The strongest candidates progress to a tech check. This important step helps to ensure that your computer and internet connection will allow you to participate fully on the Forum learning platform. We want to make sure our students have the best possible experience.

3. Language Check

We're proud to welcome many students for whom English is their second or third language. For non-native English speakers, we require a quick English language assessment to ensure you'll be able to fully participate in the Academy discussions and coursework. This test should only take about 15 mins and is available free online.

4. Admissions Decision

Within just two weeks of completing steps 1-3, you'll receive your admissions decision.

5. Join the Academy

You're in! Upon receiving your acceptance, you'll have 2 weeks to complete your paperwork and send in your $250 deposit, reserving your spot as an official Global Citizen Year Academy student!


When are the application deadlines?

For the Spring 2022 Academy semester, the application deadlines are:

  • Early: October 29
  • Regular: November 22

Do I need to be 100% certain I'll do Global Citizen Year 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 Year Academy. If you are accepted, you will have time to decide whether the program is right for you. There will be many opportunities to connect with us and ask questions along the way.

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.

What should I say or do in my application video?

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 joining in the Academy. The most important thing is that you answer the questions posed in the prompt, and that your motives for participating in this leadership experience 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!