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In the photo: Shaquerra Blackwell, Ecuador '15, Naropa University

Your First Step

An amazing year of adventure and challenge is waiting for you.

Start your application today to join a cohort of driven and adventurous students like you who are hungry to see the world and make an impact before college.

  • APPLY ONLINE

  • INTERVIEW INVITATION

  • ADMISSIONS DECISION

  • FINAL REVIEW

  • BECOME A FELLOW

THE BASICS

DEADLINES

We offer rolling admissions, so you can turn in your application at any time and we’ll start reviewing it immediately.

The deadlines to apply for the 2018-2019 program are:

June 15, 2017 // Aug 31, 2017 // Dec 1, 2017 // March 1, 2018 // May 10, 2018

PROGRAM COST

The full cost of tuition is $32,500. To date, 80% of our Fellows have received a partial scholarship, and 30% of those have received a full ride.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS

To date, 80% of Fellows have received a partial scholarship, and 30% of those have received a full ride. We offer both merit and need-based scholarships and are committed to making our program accessible. Get more info on our Scholarships and Financial Aid here.

COLLEGE PARTNERSHIPS

Global Citizen Year is proud to offer unique partnerships with Tufts University, Dickinson, and Lafayette College. Learn more about our college partnerships on our FAQs page. 

PICKING YOUR COUNTRY

Brazil, Ecuador, India or Senegal for your gap year? The choice is yours! In your application, you’ll indicate your first through fourth country choices. We’re able to match almost all students with their top pick. Check out our country quiz to find out which country is the best match for you, and learn more about our programs in Brazil, Ecuador, India and Senegal.

NOT A SENIOR YET?

We’re now accepting applications from current juniors/rising seniors for our 2018-2019 program cycle. Freshman and sophomores can fill out our interest form here so we can let you know when your application cycle opens.

More Questions?

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THE DETAILS

APPLY ONLINE

Complete a quick application online – it should only take one or two hours. We’re most interested in understanding who you are, what’s important to you, and why you want to take a gap year with Global Citizen Year. No GPAs or standardized tests required! You can answer in a written essay or video format.

INTERVIEW INVITATION

Applicants with the strongest applications are invited to interview with a staff member or alumni. This is your opportunity to share your story with us and ask questions about the program.We make it easy to pick an interview time online – please pick a time within 10 days of receiving your invitation.

RECEIVE AN ADMISSIONS DECISION

Start checking your mailbox for that envelope! We’ll be in touch shortly after your interview to inform you of our admissions decision.

FINAL REVIEW

During this time you will pick your country, apply for financial aid, and send us your medical forms. // Country choice:   we’ll share more information about each country and you’ll fill out a short country matching survey to tell us which country is the best fit for you. // Financial aid: we offer both merit and need-based aid. If you are interested in applying for need-based aid, you will give us your FAFSA and fill out another short form about your family’s financial situation. //Health history: Schedule a quick visit with your doctor to complete a medical form. Our team reviews each applicant’s medical history to check that your health and well-being can be maintained during 8 months abroad.

BECOME A FELLOW!

Once you have received your Final Decision (financial aid award + country placement + medical review status) we give you two weeks to reserve your spot. Send us a $500 deposit and sign the final paperwork and you’ll officially join the cohort! Soak it all in and get excited for the incredible adventure ahead.

Start your adventure

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