Academy FAQs

Eligibility

  • Can students from outside the U.S. apply?
  • I’m in college or older, can I apply?
  • Can I apply if I have done some junior college?
  • I’m still in high school, can I apply?
  • What are the technology requirements to use the Forum learning platform?

Admissions

  • How much does this cost?
  • How do I apply?
  • When are the application deadlines?
  • How soon will I hear back after applying?
  • What do you look for in an applicant?

Experience

  • What will the courses cover?
  • Can I receive college credit?
  • What's the Forum learning platform like?
  • What should I do with my independent time?
  • Can I do this alongside another program/college?

Timing

  • When does the semester start and end?
  • What's the time commitment?
  • Can I join in Spring 2021 or next year?
  • How will students participate across multiple time zones?

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Eligibility

Can students from outside the U.S. apply?

Yes, international students are strongly encouraged to apply!

I’m in college or older, can I apply?

If you’ve already started college or have graduated from college, unfortunately, you are not eligible for Global Citizen Academy. The experience is designed for students who are in the unique transition period between high school and college.

Can I apply if I have done some junior college?

Yes, if you have done some junior college you are still eligible to apply.

I’m still in high school, can I apply?

If you have not yet graduated from high school, you are not yet eligible to apply for Global Citizen Academy. The experience is designed for students who are in the unique transition period between high school and college.

What are the technology requirements to use the Forum learning platform?

Minerva’s Forum platform facilitates an incredible learning experience when everyone is able to participate fully. To ensure your success as a learner in class, we encourage you to follow these best practices:

  1. Confirm that you have a functioning webcam, headphones, and keyboard. Standard Apple headphones with a built-in microphone are perfectly fine. We recommend leaving your computer plugged in rather than running on battery.
  2. We recommend using a computer with a quad-core processor. Not sure if you have one? You can quickly check by following these steps. (If you like, you can view our full computer recommendations here.) If you don’t have a quad-core computer you will still be able to join but your experience on the platform may be compromised.
  3. Check that you have strong Internet access. We recommend testing your internet strength before class.
  4. Close all tabs and programs when participating to ensure you are not overloading your computer.
  5. The Google Chrome browser is required. Please note that Firefox and Safari will not work, and that phones and tablets (even running Chrome) are not supported. If you do not have Chrome, you can download it here.

Admissions

How much does this cost?

We are pleased to offer a sliding scale model for Global Citizen Academy with tuition ranging from $500 (deposit only) to $7,500 (full tuition). 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. For more details, visit our page on Tuition & Financial Aid.

How do I apply?

Visit globalcitizenyear.org/academy/apply to submit your application.

When are the application deadlines?

The early admissions deadline is June 30 and the final admissions deadline is July 30. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

How soon will I hear back after applying?

You can expect to receive your admissions decision within 2 weeks of applying. If you need your admissions decision sooner (for example because of a college decision deadline), please email admissions@globalcitizenyear.org to discuss fast-tracking your application.

What do you look for in an applicant?

Global Citizen Academy is designed for hopeful and determined high school grads who are ready to get in the arena, level up and lead. We are looking to build a well-rounded global cohort that brings a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Strong candidates will demonstrate a commitment to self-reflection, learning, and collaboration.

Experience

What will the courses cover?

Global Citizen Academy’s curriculum is designed to develop leadership skills from the inside out. Visit our Experience Page for full course descriptions and a sample schedule. Learning outcomes include:

  • Know yourself: Develop skills that unlock self-awareness, well-being and a sense of purpose.
  • Understand the world: Analyze local issues and connect them to our global context.
  • Drive impact: Collaborate with peers from around the world to align your values and actions with meaningful impact.

Can I receive college credit?

Yes. Students have the option of receiving 4 college credits for the Global Systems & Society course. Accrediation is through Minerva Schools at KGI and requires an additional $300 fee.

What's the Forum learning platform like?

Learn more about Minerva’s cutting-edge Forum learning platform here.

What should I do with my independent time?

Global Citizen Academy requires a commitment of 10-15 hours per week, intentionally leaving you time for independent exploration of issues and projects you’re passionate about or for earning income. You could get involved with voter registration and political campaigning. You could virtually volunteer with the Smithsonian, Translators Without Borders, Amnesty International, Sunrise Movement, or many other worthwhile causes. You could learn how to code, play a new instrument, grow your own food, or speak a new language. You could create a photography portfolio, youtube channel, or blog. However you choose to follow your curiosity, Global Citizen Academy will provide a wrap-around structure to support you in reaching your goals.

Can I do this alongside another program/college?

Global Citizen Academy requires a commitment of 10-15 hours per week, intentionally leaving you time to independently pursue other projects, programs, or employment. So long as you can manage the time commitments for both pursuits, Global Citizen Academy can enhance your independent projects, programs or work by providing a meaningful layer of structure, support, and purpose.

Timing

When does the semester start and end?

The inaugural semester will run from August 31 - December 18, 2020.

What's the time commitment?

Students should plan for an average weekly commitment of 10-15 hours a week. Each week students will engage in:

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

Can I join in Spring 2021 or next year?

Stay tuned! You can fill out an Interest Form to get the latest updates on Global Citizen Academy.

How will students participate across multiple time zones?

We will have multiple course sections to accommodate different time zones and schedules. We will decide on the times once we know what works for the global cohort, and we'll do our absolute best to make sure every Fellow can join a session that works for them!

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