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In the Photo: Jaxom Moore, Brazil '15, Oregon State University


Taking a bridge year is a big opportunity – we believe it should also be an affordable one.

We offer both merit and need-based scholarships, and are committed to making our program accessible. The full cost of tuition is $32,500. To date 80% of our Fellows have received a partial scholarship, and 30% of those have received a full ride. We will work closely with you and your family to understand your financial need before determining your financial aid package.


80% of Fellows Have Received Financial Aid


10 Million Dollars of Financial Aid Granted


30% of Fellows Have Received a Full Scholarship

How do I apply for financial aid?

During the application process, you’ll have the opportunity to fill out a simple Financial Aid Application and send us your FAFSA. Don’t worry, your financial need does NOT factor into admissions decisions. Fellows are chosen according to our Selection Criteria, not their ability to pay. If you’re admitted to Global Citizen Year, we will work with you and your family to understand your financial need before determining your financial aid package. You’ll receive your financial aid award with your final admissions decision.

So what does this cost?

The full cost of tuition is $32,500. To date 80% of our Fellows have received a partial scholarship, and 30% of those have received a full ride. We will work closely with you and your family to understand your financial need before determining your financial aid package.

Who can I talk to about financial aid and tuition?

Our Admissions Team is happy to answer any questions you have!

Chat us on our website

Send us an email at admissions@globalcitizenyear.org 

or give us a call at (415) 963-9293 ext. 208.

Do you offer merit-based scholarships?

Yes! We’re proud to offer 5 different merit-based scholarships.

College Track Scholarship


Global Citizen Year and College Track are launching an exciting new Bridge Year scholarship for College Track students exclusively. The scholarship covers the full cost of the Global Citizen Year program, and gives selected participants the opportunity to pursue a year-long, life-changing international experience prior to their first year of college.

Eligibility: Must be a College Track student

How to Apply: Complete your Global Citizen Year application as normal and simply check the box that indicates you are a College Track student.

Global Changemaker Scholarship


For the first time, we are excited to select a small group of Fellows to be Global Changemaker Scholars. These Fellows not only have a track-record of significant leadership but have changemaking and entrepreneurship in their DNA. The Global Changemaker Scholarship is a merit scholarship of up to $5,000 towards your tuition.


Global Changemaker Scholars are selected through our admissions process – you do not need to fill out an additional application!

Jewish Faith & Community Scholarship

During your Global Citizen Year you have a unique opportunity to reflect on aspects of your identity through the lens of another country, community, religion, and perspective. There are many facets to our identities and we encourage Fellows to find connection with others in their host country through this year.


Through a collaboration with the Jewish Community Federation, we developed a curriculum for Fellows who are motivated to explore their Jewish identity and values through a Global Citizen Year.


We are awarding up to five $5,000 scholarships to Fellows who self-identify as Jewish and are interested in exploring their identity further during their bridge year. This curriculum includes activities such as connecting with a Jewish community in the host community, sharing a Jewish holiday with your host family, and sharing your experiences with your community back home.

“A good community will pick you up and make you better. My Ecuadorian community represents love, support, generosity and a group mentality. I feel those values taking root in my personality, and reinforcing the Jewish values of openness, confidence and community.”– Isabel Burns (Ecuador ‘14)

Eligibility: Offered exclusively for applicants who self-identify as Jewish. You do not need to be an expert on Judaism or even be particularly religious to apply. You just need to be interested in exploring your Jewish identity.

How to Apply: Indicate that you are applying for the Jewish Faith and Community Scholarship on our application. You will then be prompted to submit a short video (under 1 minute) explaining why you are interested in this scholarship.

United World College Scholarship


Through a partnership with United World College International and patron Shelby M.C. Davis, we are offering up to 30 Davis Global Citizen Year Scholarships. Scholarships cover airfare from Global Citizen Year training in California to your host country, in-country program expenses, and room and board. Scholarships are evaluated based on financial need.

Eligibility: Offered exclusively for UWC students graduating in 2019

How to Apply: Indicate that you are applying for the Davis scholarship on our application.

The Society of Torch and Laurel Scholarship


Global Citizen Year and The Society of Torch and Laurel are proud to offer a scholarship for Torch and Laurel Scholars exclusively. The scholarship provides $5,000 for the opportunity to pursue a year-long, life-changing international experience prior to the recipient’s first year of college.

Eligibility: Must be a Torch and Laurel Scholar

How to Apply: Complete your Global Citizen Year application as normal and simply check the box that indicates you are a Torch and Laurel Scholar.


Deadline: February 15th (priority in country selection with early submission)


For More Information:  Email applications@globalcitizenyear.org

What does tuition include?


1. Housing for Duration of Program


2. International Roundtrip Flight from US training to your host country and back


3. In-Country Transportation for program-related travel


4. Three Meals a Day


5. Trainings

  • Pre-Departure Training 
  • In-Country Orientation
  • Training Seminars
  • One-on-One Coaching Sessions
  • Weekly Language Tutoring
  • Re-entry Training 

6. Travel Medical & Evacuation Insurance


7. Cell Phone & Credit on loan for communication in host country


Transportation between your home and US-based trainings,  immunizations, passports, visas, independent travel costs, health insurance for US-based trainings, early withdrawal or dismissal costs, personal expenses (meals out, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.)

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Start your application and take the first step on an awesome journey.

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