Our gap year programs abroad aren’t 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.
Raise awareness about your gap year abroad and mobilize your community.
Learn about global issues from experts. Familiarize yourself with the country, culture, and language.
Immerse in a new culture. Integrate with family, work, and community. Delve deeper with ongoing training.
Join your global cohort in the U.S. Return and share your awesome gap year story.
Go to college with the support of the Global Citizen Year network!
Meet your global cohort for Pre-Departure Training at Stanford University. Five days packed with world-class speakers and leadership challenges, this training sets the foundation for your gap year abroad. 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. Your host family will be an integral part of your gap year experience. You’ll get to know and participate in the culture in an intimate and authentic way by being a part of your 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 gap year experience.
Celebrate and process your gap year experience at Re-Entry Training. After a final Training Seminar abroad, your country cohort will return to California and reunite with the global Fellows. Re-Entry Training is a valuable week to reflect, share, celebrate, and prepare for the transition home. Once back in your home community, you will top off your gap year with Capstone projects where you’ll share your story, foster global awareness, inspire others, and broaden the impact of your gap year abroad.
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