General FAQ

General GLA Questions:

Is GLA right for me?

GLA seeks curious and energetic students from around the world, who are eager to do community service, interact with people from different backgrounds, and learn about other cultures, histories and languages.

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Am I eligible?

Any student, 14-18 years old and currently enrolled in high school, including incoming freshmen and graduating seniors, is eligible for admission.

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Where do your students come from?

We have students from all over the world, across more than 25 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.

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Do I need to know another language?

English is the primary language spoken on all GLA programs. However, we welcome any student with the ability to comprehend English articles and converse in basic English to join. In fact, many students worldwide use the experience as an opportunity to practice their language skills. Because we value and respect every culture, we encourage students to share their native language and culture with the GLA family throughout the program. For some destinations, learning the local language is an integral part The GLA Experience.

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Will I get high school credit?

Students' ability to get academic credit varies from school to school. In instances where students can receive credit, GLA will attempt to work with the student in meeting his/her necessary requirements. However, due to the nature of GLA programming, it is not always possible.

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Will attending a GLA program help me get into college?

After completing a GLA program, you'll know yourself better and have lots to talk about in your college admissions essays. That's what colleges look for in a successful applicant. GLA alumni have gone on to attend Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and other schools.

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