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IES Abroad students are changing the world. 


Developing an after-school English language learning program. Connecting artists across the world through music. Conducting significant scientific research. 

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

Show us how you're changing the world through studying or interning abroad – be it through academic, philanthropic, or personal efforts – and what makes you our Global Citizen of the Year.

Applicants and award winners have the chance to share their story with a global audience of thinkers, leaders, and change agent within the IES Abroad global network of more than 145,000 alumni, university contacts, staff, and friends.

Why Apply?

Strengthen Your Résumé

Being chosen as the Global Citizen of the Year out of 6,500 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 2017 Global Citizen of the Year and win the $1,000 Grand Prize. Additional Finalists will each be recognized with a cash prize.

Build Your Global Network

This award is announced to more than 145,000 people within the IES Abroad community and at your school!

Learn more about the Global Citizen of the Year Award by reading about our past winners, exploring how it works, and applying online before January 14, 2018.