EcuadorGlobal Citizen Year, Ecuador

The University of Notre Dame is committed to supporting experiential learning opportunities for students who wish to understand the world better, build bridges to other communities, and find a renewed sense of purpose for their education. Our partnership with Global Citizen Year offers admitted Notre Dame students the opportunity to explore, learn, and serve in a community across the globe.


Global Citizen Year is an 8-month global immersion and leadership development program in one of four countries: Brazil, Ecuador, India, or Senegal. Global Citizen Year Fellows live with a host family 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 here on campus and in the world.


“I’m delighted that we are working with Global Citizen Year to advance our goal of attracting students with a strong sense of human solidarity and concern for the greater good. 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 changemakers will enrich our campus community in numerous ways and go on to be some of our most influential alumni.”
– Don Bishop, AVP Undergraduate Enrollment


If you are interested in this opportunity, we encourage you to apply directly to Global Citizen Year here.

When applying, indicate that you have been admitted to the University of Notre Dame, and Global Citizen Year will fast-track your application, guarantee you a final interview, and consider you for their need-based financial aid.  

Education Apprenticeship IndiaGlobal Citizen Year, India

If you are admitted to both the University of Notre Dame and Global Citizen Year, the University of Notre Dame will defer your admission offer for one year to allow you to participate in this transformative experience of immersion and self-discovery.


After your Global Citizen Year, students interested in continuing global learning and service may find rich opportunities at the Keough School of Global Affairs and many other centers on the Notre Dame campus.