The Fellowship
Experience

Live and work alongside the global majority in Brazil, Ecuador, or India. During your eight month immersion, you’ll become part of a family and apprentices to community efforts advancing education, health and sustainability.

Eligibility

U.S. and United World College students who have finished high school and not yet enrolled in college.

Timing

September 2021 - April 2022 (postponed due to COVID)

Application Deadline

To be announced

An Extended Immersion Like No Other

You may know exactly what you want to do with your life, or you may still be contemplating your college major. Either way, one thing is certain—as a Global Citizen Year Fellow, you start your first year of college with exponentially more purpose and passion than those without this unique gap year experience.

August

Global Launch

August

Become part of a select cohort of promising young changemakers. Together, your global cohort will kick things off with a week at Stanford University where you'll get the foundation to make the most of your gap year. Learn about making a global impact from world-class speakers and industry leaders at organizations like Google, Kiva, and Room to Read. Build new friendships, and board your flight with a close-knit cohort of amazing Fellows by your side.

September

Country Launch

September

Land in your new country and begin easing into deep immersion. You'll start with a six week series of trainings, language tutoring, and progressively longer stays with your host family.

October - April

Global Immersion & Apprenticeship

October - April

Soon, you'll truly become part of your host family and community. At your apprenticeship you'll get to work on local projects for responsible impact. You’ll have support from your Team Leader and friends, and the independence to shape your own experience.

April

Re-Entry Training & Lifelong Network

April

Reunite with all the Fellows in California, making meaning of your experience and learning how to share your story to inspire change. Enter college with our alumni network behind you, and new opportunities to look forward to.

Global Citizen Year informed every class that I took in college, shifted my values from grades to learning, and drove my commitment to make a change in the world.

ANANDA DAY, SENEGAL ‘10, UNC CHAPEL HILL ‘14
TECHNICAL PRODUCT MANAGER, SYNG

Luciana (India ‘19) apprenticed with Teach For India and at non-profit preventing child marriage.

“My apprenticeships are the most colorful, chaotic, energizing, functional, inspiring places I have ever been!"

See Luciana's story

See Which Apprenticeship Fits You Best

Fellows apprentice to local efforts advancing education, sustainability, health, and much more!
Take the quiz to find out which local project is the right fit for you.

Global Citizen Year gave me the confidence to discern where my passions live and the courage to pursue those passions.

JORDAN LEE, ECUADOR ‘14, YALE UNIVERSITY ‘18
RESEARCH ANALYST, MCKINSEY & CO DOHA OFFICE

How much does this cost?

Our full tuition is $32,500, and we offer both merit and need-based scholarships. We are committed to making our program accessible, and historically, about 30% of our class have received a FULL gap year scholarship, and an additional 50% have received partial gap year scholarships.

What about college?

Most colleges are supportive of gap years - not surprising when studies show that gap students get higher GPAs and are more active on campus. Whether you choose to defer your acceptance or to re-apply, our Director of College Admissions Guidance will support you through the process. We're also proud to offer several college partnerships.