IES Abroad 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.
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 IES Abroad global network of more than 145,000 alumni, university contacts, staff, and friends.
There are a million avenues of change. What’s yours?
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. Explore our list of six ways to discover your global citizenship while abroad.
Why Apply to be Our Global Citizen of the Year?
Strengthen Your Résumé
Being chosen as the Global Citizen of the Year out of 9,000 IES Abroad students who study abroad with IES Abroad each year is quite an impressive feat!
Win the Prize
One student will be named the Global Citizen of the Year and win the $1,000 Grand Prize. Additional Finalists will each be recognized with a cash prize.
Attend the IES Abroad Annual Conference
The 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.
As a first-generation college student, Yesenia Ayala understands the barriers that many low-income students face when pursuing higher education.
While in Santiago, Yesenia interned with Belén Educa, a Chilean non-profit organization that serves low-income communities by providing high-quality education to students. Learn more of Yesenia's personal experiences in the United States and abroad, as well as her plans for furthering her impact.