The Academy

Join a community of determined young changemakers from around the world. Through our signature leadership course, talks with today’s top changemakers, and personalized mentorship, you’ll build the power skills for a lifetime of social impact.


Students worldwide ages 17-21


Feb 22 - May 14, 2021

Application Deadlines

Jan 25, 2021

Explore a typical week

Global Citizen Academy offers an engaging blend of interactive online learning, discussions with leading innovators, real-world projects, and peer collaboration.

Explore the sample schedule below to get a taste of the exploration, community, and growth that’s possible with Global Citizen Academy. To accommodate different time zones and schedules, there will be multiple sections for each course. Your schedule may not look exactly like the sample below, but we'll do our absolute best to make sure every student can join a session that works for them!


Leadership As A Practice

19 students / 90 minutes

Build a foundation for living and leading with purpose.

Speaker Series: Leadership in Action

60 minutes

Get inspired by discussions with today's most innovative leaders.

Leadership As A Practice

6-8 students / 60 minutes

Build a foundation for living and leading with purpose.

Leadership As A Practice

6-8 students / 60 minutes

Build a foundation for living and leading with purpose.


Volunteer with our Impact Partners or Pursue an Independent Passion Project

Volunteer with our partners working on climate change, racial justice, educational inequity, and more; or pursue another project that calls to you.

Personalized Mentorship

Connect one-on-one with mentors for guidance on topics spanning college, career, personal growth, and how to make an impact.


Reflect & Prep

Apply what you're learning with engaging activities, reflections, and projects.

Student-Led Clubs & Events

We invite you to co-create the Global Citizen Academy experience with us. From all across the world, Academy students have organized book clubs, discussion groups, and celebrations. We encourage you to take full advantage of connecting with the Academy’s global network!

Our world needs young leaders now more than ever. By working with Global Citizen Year Academy, we can empower many more young people around the world with the resources and tools they need to make an impact.


Global Citizen Year Academy is so important. We have a chance in this century to address a lot of the problems that began in the last century. It really is up to us. Young people are the future -- and the now-- of social change.


How much does this cost?

We are pleased to offer a sliding scale model for Global Citizen Year Academy with tuition ranging from $500 to $5,000 (full tuition) on a payment plan schedule. We offer a 10% discount at each tuition tier to those families who wish to pay tuition in one payment. We ask that you pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend.

What’s the time commitment?

Students should plan for an average weekly commitment of 5-10 hours a week. Each week students will engage in:

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