Notre Dame to provide new opportunity for incoming students to join Global Citizen Year

University of Notre Dame has entered into a partnership with Global Citizen Year to support experiential learning opportunities for admitted students who seek to understand the world better, build bridges to other communities and find a renewed sense of purpose for their education. 


Global Citizen Year is an eight-month global immersion and leadership development program conducted during the year between a student’s graduation from high school and entering a university. Global Citizen Year Fellows live with a host family in one of four countries — Brazil, Ecuador, India or Senegal — and apprentice to a local organization working in education, health or the environment. Through this experience, students gain insights, perspectives and skills that will help them thrive at Notre Dame and make a positive impact, both on campus and in the world.


“I’m delighted that we are working with Global Citizen Year to advance our goal of attracting and cultivating students with a strong sense of human solidarity and concern for the greater good,” said Don Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment at Notre Dame. “This program is a natural match with our unique history and mission among the nation’s top universities. I have no doubt that these global change-makers will enrich our campus community in numerous ways, and go on to be some of our most influential alumni.”


For all students admitted to both Notre Dame and Global Citizen Year, the Office of Admissions will defer admission offers for one year to allow them to pursue this life-changing experience prior to matriculating. 


Growing evidence shows that taking a gap year can provide short- and long-term benefits to students — from improving student performance and happiness in college, to helping students make the most out of their postsecondary education, to setting young people up for a lifetime of global impact.


After gaining a strong foundation for the global understanding and cultural fluency nurtured by a Notre Dame education, participants in the program who are interested in continuing global learning and service will find rich opportunities at the Keough School of Global Affairs and many other centers on campus.

Originally published by Joyce Lantz at on January 23, 2019.