The Novogratz Bridge Year Program is a nine-month, tuition-free program that allows newly admitted undergraduates the opportunity to begin their Princeton experience with a year of public service abroad.
Bridge Year participants study the local language, live with carefully selected families, volunteer in organizations serving the needs of local communities, and engage in a variety of cultural enrichment activities.
Application to the Novogratz Bridge Year Program is open to students who have accepted Princeton's offer of admission and have formally indicated their intention of enrolling at Princeton University. Applicants who are chosen for the program are placed with a host family and are assigned a volunteer position; placement areas include health, education, environment and economic development.
For the 2018-19 academic year, participants in the Novogratz Bridge Year Program will be placed in communities at program sites in Bolivia, China, India, Indonesia and Senegal. To read more about the Novogratz Bridge Year Program, including a program overview, information about the Bridge Year application process and reports from current participants, please visit the Bridge Year website.