About Bridge Year

The Novogratz Bridge Year Program allows incoming students to begin their Princeton experience engaged in nine months of tuition-free, University-sponsored service at one of five international locations. Bridge Year participants study the local language, live with carefully selected homestay families, and take part in a variety of cultural enrichment activities, while learning from host communities through their volunteer work.

Launched in 2009, Bridge Year has provided transformative global service learning experiences to over 300 incoming Princeton undergraduates. The program is open to all members of Princeton’s newly-admitted first-year class. The program offers opportunities for up to 40 incoming students at program sites in Bolivia, China, India, Indonesia and Senegal.

"I can't imagine a life at Princeton without having participated in Bridge Year. The program gave me a new appreciation for the opportunities I am presented with on campus, and it realigned my priorities, as I have become a more aware citizen of this world. Plus, I have an amazing family and network of past participants to reach out to if I ever need anything!" 

-- Neeta Patel ’16

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