Take Action Lab FAQs

ELIGIBILITY

  • What are the eligibility criteria?
  • Can students from outside the U.S. apply?
  • Can South African students apply?
  • Is there a language requirement?
  • What are the technology requirements?
  • What is Global Citizen Year’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-racism?
  • Do I need a passport?
  • Will I need to apply for a visa?

ADMISSIONS

  • How do I apply?
  • When are the application deadlines?
  • What are the benefits of applying for the priority deadline?
  • When will I hear back about my application?
  • What does the admissions process look like?

TUITION & FINANCIAL AID

  • How much does this cost?
  • What’s included in tuition and what’s included in the estimated out-of-pocket expenses?
  • Do you offer financial aid?
  • How do I apply for financial aid?
  • How will I access money for expenses while in Cape Town?
  • Can I receive college credit?

EXPERIENCE

  • When does the program start and end?
  • What is Cape Town, South Africa like?
  • How will I get there and get home?
  • Where will I live?
  • What amenities does housing include?
  • What’s a typical week like?
  • What do students do at their apprenticeships?
  • Can I pick my apprenticeship?
  • How many students work at each apprenticeship site?
  • How does Global Citizen Year support students’ safety?

ELIGIBILITY

What are the eligibility criteria?

Take Action Lab is for students worldwide post-high school, ages 17-21.

Your age must be within the 17-21 age range for the duration of the program. This means you must be at least 17 on the program start date (Feb 6), and no older than 21 on the program end date (June 8).

You must have graduated from high school by the program start date (Feb 6).

Can students from outside the U.S. apply?

Yes, international students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Can South African students apply?

Cultural immersion in a different country is a core component of the Take Action Lab experience. For that reason, students who are South African citizens living in South Africa are not eligible to apply. If you’re a South African student unclear about your eligibility, you can share your situation with admissions@globalcitizenyear.org.

Is there a language requirement?

Students must know English to participate in the program. Accepted applicants who are not native/fluent English speakers will receive instructions to complete a 15-minute language assessment. This brief proficiency test will help us verify your readiness to engage with the Take Action Lab programming in English.

English is widely spoken in South Africa and you do not have to know another language to participate in Take Action Lab.

What are the technology requirements?

The virtual component of the program requires a computer with a working webcam, keyboard, and stable internet with sufficient bandwidth to successfully participate in sessions hosted on a web-conferencing platform (such as Zoom).

What is Global Citizen Year’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-racism?

Throughout our organization’s history we have sought to prioritize a comprehensive, persistent, and dynamic commitment to DEIA work. In our program we are committed to providing students access to our programming regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, native language, disability, national origin, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, or religion.

Do I need a passport?

Yes, all students will need a valid passport. You do not need the passport in order to apply, but you will need it to travel to South Africa.

Will I need to apply for a visa?

Depending on your country of citizenship, you may be able to enter South Africa without a visa or you may need to submit a visa application in advance. Either way, Global Citizen Year will be available to provide guidance and supporting documents when needed.

ADMISSIONS

How do I apply?

Submit your application online at globalcitizenyear.org/apply 

It takes 1-2 hours to complete and you can save your work and return at any time.

When are the application deadlines?

Priority Deadline: September 20

Final Deadline: October 13

What are the benefits of applying for the priority deadline?

There are a limited number of spots for the inaugural semester of Take Action Lab. Priority deadline applicants will receive priority consideration for enrollment and for financial aid.

When will I hear back about my application?

You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting your application.

Admissions decisions will be released in two batches:

  • Priority deadline applicants will receive their admissions decision on September 26-27.
  • Final deadline applicants will receive their admissions decision on October 19-20.

What does the admissions process look like?

Visit our page on Admissions for a detailed outline of the admissions process.

TUITION & FINANCIAL AID

How much does this cost?

Tuition for Take Action Lab is $21,000 USD.

We expect students will also need to budget $7,000 USD for out-of-pocket expenses.

What’s included in tuition and what’s included in the estimated out-of-pocket expenses?

Visit our page on Tuition & Aid for a detailed breakdown of the cost.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes. As part of our commitment to advancing equity and opportunity for all, we award need-based financial aid to qualified applicants who would not otherwise be able to afford our programs. Visit our page on Tuition & Aid to learn more about our approach to financial aid and how to apply. 

How do I apply for financial aid?

If you’re accepted you’ll receive detailed instructions to apply for financial aid. The financial aid application includes filling out Global Citizen Year’s financial aid form and submitting supporting documents. The financial aid application is part of our clearance requirements. All the clearance forms must be submitted before our team can award financial aid.

  • Financial aid application
  • Medical form
  • Technology check
  • English language assessment (if applicable)

How will I access money for expenses while in Cape Town?

Students are required to bring a debit and/or credit card that will work in Cape Town in order to be able to access personal funds.

Can I receive college credit?

College credit is not available at this time.

EXPERIENCE

When does the program start and end?

Take Action Lab is a semester long program.
It runs for 4 months from Feb 6 – June 8, 2023.

The first month of the program is a virtual training that takes place remotely.
The main three months of the program take place in Cape Town, South Africa.

What is Cape Town, South Africa like?

Visit our page on South Africa to learn more about Cape Town and where you’ll be staying.

How will I get there and get home?

Students are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from Cape Town. Students are required to arrive in Cape Town on March 11 and depart on June 7-8. Our team will meet you at the airport and arrange transportation to the house where you’ll be staying. We’ll also arrange transportation to the airport on departure day.

The cost of travel to and from Cape Town is not included in tuition.

Where will I live?

Global Citizen Year provides several houses for students to live together in the Observatory neighborhood. Visit our page on South Africa to learn more about the neighborhood and housing.

What amenities does housing include?

Houses are fully furnished and include shared common spaces, bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and laundry facilities. Each student has their own private bedroom with a bed, desk, and storage. Wifi, water, electricity, and cleaning fees are included in tuition.

What’s a typical week like?

You’ll work at your apprenticeship 4-5 days a week. The Global Citizen Year team will host weekly cultural activities or excursions for your cohort. During your free time you’ll have opportunities to explore Cape Town with your cohort and immerse in the local community.

What do students do at their apprenticeships?

Visit our page on Apprenticeships to learn more about the many ways students collaborate and contribute to the human rights organizations where they apprentice.

Can I pick my apprenticeship?

You’ll get to share your apprenticeship preferences through a detailed questionnaire. Apprenticeship placements are carefully considered to provide a match between a student’s skills and interests and the organization’s needs.

How many students work at each apprenticeship site?

Each apprenticeship site will host between 1-3 students.

How does Global Citizen Year support students’ safety?

The health and safety of our students is a top priority for our staff and organization, and we have staff exclusively dedicated to this. While there are always risks involved with traveling abroad; we have many policies in place to support our students and we discuss how to minimize those risks and make informed decisions whenever possible with our program country staff and partners. Each student is given a SIM card with the shared expectation they can call the Emergency Hotline 24 hours a day, and our staff will also be able contact them in the event of an emergency. All students are required to have travel medical  insurance while they are abroad.

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