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2020 high school graduates worldwide


Aug 31 - Dec 18, 2020


Sliding Scale from $500 - $7,500

Application Deadline:

August 11

If the $500 deposit is prohibitive you can request to be considered for a Shawn Mendes Foundation Scholarship with demonstrated need.

Education On Purpose

Grace Sander & Luke Field, Global Citizen Year '19, Georgetown University & Claremont McKenna College

Global Citizen Academy is an intensive leadership experience equipping diverse high school graduates with powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact.


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We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about Global Citizen Academy. Simply select a convenient time from the schedule below, and we’ll give you a call!

Attend our Upcoming Webinar with the Founder & CEO

Join us on June 26th 2020 from 12pm - 1pm PT for an introduction to Global Citizen Academy featuring Abby Falik (Founder & CEO, Global Citizen Year) and James Genone (Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Minerva Project). Alumni from both organizations will also be present to speak to their experience of the Forum learning platform and our unique leadership curriculum.

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A global network of young changemakers

Global Citizen Academy is for 2020 high school graduates worldwide who don’t want to sit this year out. For the impatient optimists who are ready to get in the arena, this is the chance to level up with a diverse, international cohort of young leaders.

Powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact

Students will dig into the big questions and develop key skills they can’t learn in a traditional classroom alone. They’ll explore topics from effective communication and systems thinking, to mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and ethical decision-making. The experience is designed together with Minerva, a fellow pioneer in educational transformation. Together we're offering a dynamic curriculum that responds to this historic moment and integrates powerful skill sets and mindsets with a proven approach to leadership training.

  • 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.

Inspiration from today’s most impactful leaders

Students will participate in workshops taught by some of today’s most innovative leaders and learn from their insight and expertise.

The world’s most advanced learning platform

Students will engage in dynamic courses on Minerva’s cutting-edge ForumTM learning platform, an immersive virtual environment that allows students to participate fully and establish meaningful relationships with both instructors and peers.

The ideal balance of structure and independence

Students will need to dedicate 10-15 hours per week to their courses and projects. By design, this allows students room for independent exploration of issues and projects they’re passionate about or for earning income. Whether they dedicate time to working, voter registration, the climate crisis, or COVID-19 response, our trained coaches will provide mentorship and support to help them meet their goals.

Selective admissions & sliding-scale tuition

A selective admissions process will identify highly motivated students from around the world with a strong commitment to self-reflection, learning, and collaboration.

We are pleased to offer sliding scale tuition for Global Citizen Academy with four tiers ranging from $500 (deposit only) to $7,500 (full tuition). We are committed to making this experience available to the highest potential young leaders we can find, independent of their family’s financial circumstance.

Global Citizen Year x Minerva

Global Citizen Year and Minerva, two pioneers in global education, have teamed up to offer a truly innovative learning experience. Our combined expertise in academic and experiential learning bring leadership training to a new level with the Global Citizen Academy.


How much does this cost?

Tuition for Global Citizen Year Academy is $5,000 USD.

What's the time commitment?

Students should plan for an average weekly commitment of 10-15 hours a week. Each week students will engage in:

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

When does the semester start and end?

The inaugural semester will run from September 8 - December 18, 2020.

What's the Forum learning platform like?

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