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Your bridge year is just the beginning

As an alumnus you join a network of inspiring and driven young leaders. Learn more about how this growing corps of changemakers is shaking things up in college, making an impact, and engaging with the Global Citizen Year community.


At over 200 different colleges, Global Citizen Year alumni are excelling as leaders on campus and in the classroom. What’s more, they’re seizing opportunities and gaining recognition as Gates Millennium Scholars, Fulbright scholars, Dalai Lama Fellows, and Davis Peace Fellows.  We couldn’t be more proud.


94% of Alumni are currently enrolled in or have graduated from college


90% of Alumni who re-applied to college during their Global Citizen Year got into more selective schools and/or schools that were a better fit


91% of Alumni are proficient in a new language

Where are Global Citizen Year Alumni Going to College?

The most common college destinations for our alumni are:

American University

Appalachian State

Harvard University

McGill University

Middlebury College

The New School

New York University

Stanford University

Tufts University

UC Berkeley


University of Florida


UNC, Chapel Hill

University of Utah

University of Wisconsin

Wellesley College

Williams College

Yale University

I think Global Citizen Year was the perfect bridge for me between high school and college. I can't imagine starting school without everything I learned last year, and I am so excited to keep learning and exploring.``
- Ali Ruxin, Ecuador '15, Northwestern University


The friendships you make during a bridge year are like none other. Whether cracking inside jokes in a foreign language, plotting your next international adventure, couchsurfing, or sharing internship opportunities,  your fellow Fellows have your back wherever you go

I don't know how Global Citizen Year chooses its fellows, but it's working! I've never been part of such an extraordinary community.``
- Jordan Lee, Ecuador '13, Yale University


Equipped with real world experience, leadership and language skills, and an intimate knowledge of life in other countries, Fellows are using their Global Citizen Year as a launching pad for social change.

An interview with Ploy Kongkapetch, Ecuador ’16, Luther College   What have you been up to since your bridge year?   I am a freshman at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I’m double majoring in International Studies and Spanish. What is a favorite memory from your......

By Julia Tinneny,  Senegal ’14, Bard College   In Senegal, when one goes on a long journey, we say our goodbyes by shaking with our left hands. The deal is that some day we will see each other again, and upon reuniting we will embrace with......

By Hannah Bouline,  Ecuador ’13, University of Denver   Four years ago I was sitting in a modest workshop stringing tags onto ribbon. The shelves full of colorfully dyed seeds hid the dull cinderblock walls. The door rested open allowing the brisk evening air to enter,......

By Libby Schubert,  India ’16, Case Western Reserve University   August 29, 2016. Today is my first day of college classes. On August 29, 2015, I arrived in India.   Yesterday I received my Global Citizen Year backpack. Inside there was a certificate of completion......

An Interview with Bennett Quintard, Ecuador ’15, Chapman University   Catch us up on what you’ve been doing since returning from Ecuador last year?   I am about to start my second year at Chapman University and have shifted my educational focus from Business Admin,......

Dani Morales, Ecuador ’15, University of Southern California   Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to since returning from you 2015 bridge year.   I am living in beautiful, sunny California and this fall I will be starting at the University of......

Deonte Lee (Brazil ’16, UC Riverside) interviewed for the Daily Press by Charity Lindsey   The dreams of today’s youth are more focused on travel than ever, and one Adelanto High School graduate is proving that those dreams aren’t far from reach — one world......

By Ian Frank, Ecuador ’15, Watson University Incubator for Social Entrepreneurship     “The culture of my father is being lost, the jungle is sick, the native people are sick, my father could die from the sickness he has.”   When I applied for Global Citizen......

By Jordan Ricker (Senegal ’13, Franklin University Switzerland)   It finally happened in late May. I went back to Senegal.   I had not been back to Senegal since I left in April 2013. Returning over three years later, but this time as a freshly......

By Josh Reason (Brazil ’13, Carleton College) “I came to theory because I was hurting­––the pain within me was so intense that I could not go on living. I came to theory desperate, wanting to comprehend––to grasp what was happening around and within me. Most......

By Jonathan Timothy Su (Ecuador ’14, New York University)   This video comes from a presentation by JT Su at the NYU Global Engagement Symposium. In it JT discusses his bridge year, which he spend teaching English in rural Ecuador with Global Citizen Year and later......

Ananda Day (Senegal ’10, UNC Chapel Hill)  was interviewed by Refinery29 as part of a feature on making bridge years affordable. Article by Tim Murphy. Kesia Tosh, 21, never thought she’d “dillydally” before getting a higher education. Tosh, who is African-American and from a low-income......

By Annie Plotkin (Brazil ’12, University of Virginia) Women in the World D.C. (WITW) was not my first foray into female empowerment, but novelty can sometimes be overrated. WITW was an event hosted by Tina Brown Media on International Women’s Day 2016 that brought women......

By Barker Carlock (Senegal ’13, Lafayette College)   When I was thinking about going to college, I was frustrated. I was frustrated because I felt as though that the pieces of paper that were supposed to represent my achievements and accomplishments felt lost among the many other applicants.......

By Hadiyah Grubish (Ecuador ’15, University of Georgia)   It’s been just about a year since I returned from my Global Citizen Year in Ecuador. Those 8 months I spent learning a new language, forging new connections, stepping out of my comfort zone, and experiencing......

Sometimes I just pause and ask myself, 'How did I get here?' Whether it's my Fellowship program at Middlebury, my internship this summer, the opportunity to travel to Cameroon next year…. at some level, I know that my Global Citizen Year has opened these doors - internally and externally - making all of this possible.``
- Winson Law, Brazil '12, Middlebury College

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