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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.

Next Application Deadline is March 1st!

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

  • Apply Online

    Complete our quick online application. Click the button to get started! Next deadlines March 1st and May 10th.

  • Interview Invitation

    Within 10 days of your invitation, complete a 1 hr online interview to let us get to know you better.

  • Admissions Decision

    Start checking your mailbox!

  • Final Review

    Pick your country, apply for financial aid, and send us your medical forms.

  • Become a Fellow!

    Join the cohort and get ready for an incredible adventure!

Application FAQs

Can I afford Global Citizen Year?

Yes! We are committed to ensuring that finances do not prevent you from participating. To date, 80% of our Fellows have received financial aid and 30% have received full scholarships. During the application process you will have an opportunity to share information about your financial aid situation with us. Visit our Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information.

When is the best time to apply?

The best time is now!

We process applications on a rolling basis. This means the first students to apply get first crack at country placement and financial aid. Our deadlines for the 2017-2018 class are August 31, 2016, Dec 1, 2016, March 1, 2017, May 10, 2017.

Click the apply button above to get started.

Do I get to pick what country I go to?

Yes! In the application you indicate your first through fourth choice, and we match students with their top choice a majority of the time. Check out our country quiz to find out which country is the best match for you.

Whom can I talk to about my application?

Call or email our Manager of Recruitment & Alumni, Emmy Highsmith, at 415-963-9293 ext. 215 or applications@globalcitizenyear.org. Or request more information below and a team member will be in touch!

Are there college partnerships?

Yes! You can enrich your college experience or earn a scholarship by participating in Global Citizen Year with one of our university partners.


Take a bridge year in Brazil before starting your freshman year at Tufts University. This program is exclusively for students who are accepted to Tufts University. Contact Tufts University for more information.
Once you complete Global Citizen Year, you will be eligible for a $10,000 scholarship to Dickinson College. You can apply directly to Dickinson College.
Lafayette defers financial aid packages for students joining Global Citizen Year and waives application fees current Global Citizen Year Fellows. You can apply directly to Lafayette College.
What if I'm not graduating high school this year?

Look at you getting ahead of the game. Well done!

Just Request Information and we will let you know when we open up the application for your year.

More questions on your mind?

Awesome! Check out our FAQs page here or request more information and our team will be happy to help.

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