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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.

2017 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner

IES Abroad Santiago | Grinnell College

As a first-generation college student, Yesenia Ayala understands the barriers that many low-income students face when pursuing higher education.

While in Santiago, Ayala 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.

Why Apply?

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 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 everyone in our IES Abroad community and at your school!

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