Program Overview


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?

You’ll also receive tips on applying to North American universities, including practice with essays and interviews.


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.



During the first week of the program students will explore the various social structures and current issues of our global community and challenge their knowledge and understanding of what global citizenship means.

  Current Global Issues
  Values and Resources
  Levels of Identity
  Systems and Structures
  Global Challenge and Teams



During the second week of the program students will develop their own sense of identity and refine the necessary skills crucial for working with others within a diverse international community.

  Conflict Resolution
  Power and Control
  Diversity and Respect
  Communication and Equity
  Ethical Behaviour



During the final week of the program, students will design group projects, building on the knowledge and skills cultivated in the first two weeks. This project challenges students to find a way to ethically and responsibly engage in our global community to change the world.

  Teamwork Challenges
  Leadership and Common Purpose
  Diversity and Community
  Taking Action
  Making a Change