Apply. Learn. Be the Change.

Apply. Learn. Be the Change.

Thinking Beyond Borders is currently accepting applications for all 2015/16 gap year programs. Please note: to ensure safety and high program quality, our itineraries are always subject to change.

The Application

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Application Instructions

Thinking Beyond Borders (TBB) offers gap year students intensive programs that are both academic and service focused. Students live, work, and learn in a variety of unique and challenging environments. Applicants must have a high degree of academic and personal motivation and the ability to adjust to different social and cultural norms. Our application process is thorough to ensure Thinking Beyond Borders offers the right program for you. Applicants must be between 17 and 20 years of age and no more than one full academic year may pass between the time of high school graduation and enrollment in TBB. Your application will consist of the following materials:

  • Web form application (including short questions)
  • One (1) academic reference
  • One (1) community reference

Separate reference forms will be sent directly to the contacts you provide in your application.

What Happens Next

Once we receive your application materials, you will be contacted by TBB staff within one week to schedule a phone or video chat interview. A TBB staff member will interview you and your parent or guardian. After we receive your references our admissions committee will review your application. Offers of admission will be made within three weeks completing the interview and receiving all application materials. You will then have two weeks to reserve your space in the program with a $500 deposit. After we receive your deposit, you will be sent information on how to prepare for your TBB program. This will include visa materials, a TBB Student Medical Form, and other items specific to your program.