It’s not your typical freshman year, and you’re not a typical freshman.
For the adventurous, the curious, and those driven to make an impact, this is the year for you.
Learn more about our unique program experience.
Meet your global cohort for Program Launch at Stanford University. Packed with world-class speakers and leadership challenges, this week-long training sets the foundation for your Global Citizen Year experience. By the time you board your international flight, you’ll be surrounded by a crew of close friends and prepared for the adventure ahead.
Become part of the family. You’ll get to know and participate in the culture at an intimate level by being a part of your host family’s daily life. Homestays range from urban to very rural, and families come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Host families are carefully selected and trained by Global Citizen Year staff according to health, safety, and cultural criteria. Each Fellow is matched one-to-one with a host-family to ensure a truly immersive experience.
Celebrate and process your experience during Transition. After a final Training Seminar abroad, your country cohort will return to San Francisco and reunite with the global Fellows. This week is a valuable time to reflect, share, celebrate, and prepare for the transition home. Once back in your home community, you will top off your bridge year with Capstone projects where you’ll share your story, foster global awareness, inspire others, and broaden the impact of your bridge year.
After 7 months living in Senegal, I cannot imagine what my life would have been like had I gone straight to college. During my Global Citizen Year I became an integrated member of a community an ocean away from my physical and psychological home.``
- Gus Ruchman, Senegal '11, Harvard University