Global Citizenship Program


University of Toronto, New College invites students from all over the world to join our community of global citizens.

During the program, students will be immersed in an interactive learning experience to explore, develop, and build global citizenship.

Students will spend three weeks in the summer months of July or August at the university campus in the heart of downtown Toronto, developing the necessary skills to create a more peaceful, connected, and inclusive world.

The global citizenship program allows students to become active members of an international community at Canada’s premier university.


By bringing together talented high school students from all around the world, the GCP will expose you to new ways of thinking and understanding. What’s special about our program is that you don’t stop there: together with a team of students, you will create a potential solution to the Global Challenge, your final project, using that thinking and understanding to make a difference in the world.

GCP students take a morning Communication Class, taught by instructors from the University of Toronto and other Toronto area colleges and schools. In class, you’ll explore topics like:

Media literacy: where does my information come from? How do I know whether it’s true? What other points of view are there?
Critical thinking: how do I look at a problem from more than one perspective?
Communication skills: How can I communicate effectively to share my ideas and teach others?

GCP is about more than just studying. In the afternoon, our counsellors will help you put these ideas into practice in the Global Citizenship Workshops.

Where does “authority” come from? Who should make decisions?
What sort of a leader am I? How do I work best in a team? How do I make decisions?
What values do we all share? What new things can we learn from each other?
What are the biggest challenges facing us in the world today?
How can I make a difference?

You’ll also participate in off-campus team-building and cultural excursions and guest lectures from UofT professors. At the end of the session, you and your team will present your solution to the Global Challenge to an audience of students, instructors, counsellors and UofT professors.

Of course, you’ll also join in the great social activities and weekend trips that University of Toronto, International Programs has to offer. Check out the Activities page.


Students will attend both Communication Classes and Global Citizenship Workshops. During the Communication Class, University of Toronto instructors will work with students to build on media literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills, allowing students to expand their communication abilities through one-on one and group interactions.

These skills will be put into practice during afternoon Global Citizenship Workshops, where students can explore new ways of thinking and challenge their views of the world. Trained facilitators who are upper-year undergraduate or graduate students will lead the Global Citizenship Workshops, offering students the opportunity to discuss and learn about global citizenship through interactive and reflective learning experiences.

Together with a team of students from all over the world, GCP students will work collaboratively on a Global Challenge throughout the three weeks, culminating in a final project where they will use their critical thinking and communication skills learned during the program to create a potential solution to a real-world problem.


Application is open to both international students and domestic (Canadian) students. In order to be eligible for the Global Citizenship Program, students must meet the following requirements. Please note that the application for international students and Canadian students are different.


Students must be between the ages 15 – 18 to be eligible for the Global Citizenship Program.


Students must have a strong level of English to be eligible to attend the program. Please see the image below for the minimum English requirements.


Applications for summer 2019 will be available in January 2019.