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Global Citizen of the Year

SAF Students Are Finding Their Place in the World. 

Study abroad isn’t a vacation from life; it’s an invitation to claim your global citizenship. To learn by exploring. To connect with a community. To give back through purposeful action.

How are you a global citizen? Show us how you’re making an impact in the world through studying or interning abroad – be it through academic, philanthropic, or personal efforts.

IES Abroad and SAF have joined forces to invite you to enter to be the Global Citizen of the Year, hosted annually by IES Abroad. The Global Citizen of the Year awardees have the chance to share their stories with an audience of thinkers, leaders, and change agents within the SAF global network.

There are a million avenues of change.
What’s yours?

What is Global Citizenship? 

Global citizenship is recognizing your connection to the world community at large. It reaches beyond boundaries and borders. As a global citizen, you learn by listening and exploring, you connect with other people as your neighbors, and you give back through purposeful action.

Being a global citizen looks different for everyone. Your interests and opportunities impact how you listen and explore. The varied people around you affect how you connect with neighbors. And, of course, purposeful action doesn’t take one singular form.            

Why Apply to be Our Global Citizen of the Year? 
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Strengthen Your Résumé

Being chosen as the Global Citizen of the Year out of 11,000 IES Abroad and SAF students who study abroad each year is quite an impressive feat!


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One student will be named the 2018 Global Citizen of the Year and win the $1,000 Grand Prize. Additional Finalists will each be recognized with a cash prize.


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Attend the IES Abroad Annual Conference

The 2018 Global Citizen of the Year will be invited to share their story with study abroad professionals from around the world at the IES Abroad Annual Conference in Chicago.

Breana Ross
2018 Global Citizen of the Year

Breana Ross Cape TownIES Abroad Cape Town | University of Miami
Drawn to our University of Cape Town Program for its service component, Breana expanded her passion for storytelling to a global scale. She continues to build bridges across cultures through poetry, storytelling, and education.



Learn more about the Global Citizen of the Year Award by reading about our  past winners  and exploring  how it works

Last Updated: 2/21/19