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In the photo: Erica Lin, Ecuador '15, Binghamton University


Ready to start your journey? You’ve come to the right place. The application takes about an hour to complete— not bad for the first step to a lifetime of greatness and impact.

Here are a few tips:

  • Take some time to think about why you want to apply to Global Citizen Year. What excites, inspires and scares you? Are you hoping to learn about new cultures? Gain hands on experience? Get ahead for college?
  • You can save your work and return to your application later. Include your full name, email, and school graduation year, then click on “Save my progress and resume later” below.
  • Already started your gap year application? Click on “Resume a previously saved form” below.
  • If you have questions about anything to do with the application process (financial aid, eligibility, the possibility of school credit, etc.) contact us at applications@globalcitizenyear.org
  • Just relax and be honest. Taking a gap year between high school and college is an amazing opportunity and we’re looking forward to working with you!


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General Information
The address you provide below will be where we mail any informational and acceptance materials. Please make sure it is a permanent address. If there are any changes, email us at applications@globalcitizenyear.org
First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Please make sure this is your PRIMARY/PERMANENT email address (e.g. not an email associated with your high school)
Home Phone
Mobile Phone
Please enter your number in this format (123) 123-1234
Mobile Phone
Year of High School Graduation
Already started college? Unfortunately you are not eligible to apply. If you are a 2018 graduate and want to apply for our 2019-2020 class, please email admissions@globalcitizenyear.org
Skype ID (optional)
Birthdate (MM/DD/YY)
Share if you like!
Race/Ethnicity - self describe here
Race/Ethnicity - share more info if you like! (optional)
Street Address
The address you provide below will be where we mail any informational and acceptance materials. Please make sure it is a permanent address. If there are any changes, email us at applications@globalcitizenyear.org
Zip Code
Which countries are you applying to? (Check all that apply)
If accepted, you will have an opportunity to update and describe your preferences in more detail.

We have a need-blind admissions process. We offer need-based financial aid and are committed to making our gap year program accessible to ALL students. Give us your best guess on how much financial aid you might need (full aid, some, or none). Don't worry if your guess is a little off - you can update it later! We encourage you to apply early for priority consideration for aid. You can find more information about financial aid and tuition here

Estimate how much financial aid you need. (Again, it's ok if this is just a guess!)
Do you attend a United World College school?
Which UWC school do you attend?
If you do not see your school listed here, please check off "No" in the question above "Do you attend a United World College school?"
High School (Full, Official Name)
Type of High School
Have you ever enrolled in college?
Please explain (#credits, length of time, which institution)
What is your citizenship status?
You must be a US Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident, OR a United World College Student to be eligible for Global Citizen Year financial aid. If you have dual citizenship with the US, please select U.S. Citizenship.
Do any of the following apply to you?                                                
1) Ever been suspended or expelled from school?
2) Ever had to withdraw from a school?
3) Currently on probation or parole?
4) Currently under charge for any offense?
5) Convicted/adjudicated as a juvenile offender, or any criminal offense, other than minor traffic violations?

Please provide contact information for two references. At least one should be an Academic Reference - a professor, teacher, principal, or other school official. The other can be a community member, peer, coach, mentor, etc. We may contact this person later in the process.
Academic Reference Peer/Community Reference
First Name
Last Name
Phone Number (US)
Phone Number
Relationship to You
Parent/Guardian Information
Applicants need to input information for at least one parent/guardian. We may contact them with more information about our program.
Parent/Guardian #1 Parent/Guardian #2
First Name
Last Name
Phone Number (US)
Phone Number
Relationship to You
College Partnerships

We have some exciting college partnerships!

  • Tufts University 1+4 Bridge Year Program: Take a gap year 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.
  • Dickinson College Bridge Year Program: 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.
  • Quest University: Once you complete your Global Citizen Year, you will be eligible for a $5,000/year merit scholarship ($20,000 total) to Quest University.
  • We also have partnerships with the Admissions offices at the following colleges (Lafayette CollegeColby CollegeAllegheny CollegeThey encourage students to take a Global Citizen Year before arriving on campus and they will hold your spot and your financial aid package!

Share Your Story
This is your opportunity to share your story with us. Take your time to think about and craft your responses - we want to learn more about you through each of your responses.

We recommend you draft your responses in a Word or Google Doc in case you have technical difficulties. Just paste it in here when you're done! 

Why do you want to take a Global Citizen Year? How does this fit into your story, the world you come from, and how it has shaped you? 
You can either enter a written response (500 words max), or create/upload a short video (3 minutes max) using the tool below. We encourage you to be creative and give us a sense of who you are, what matters to you, and why you want to take a Global Citizen Year! We are looking for applicants who exhibit drive, curiosity, and grit.

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