Why a Bridge Year?
As a participant in Princeton’s Bridge Year Program, you’ll spend nine months in another country, immersing yourself in a new culture and serving a local community. Along the way, you’ll benefit in countless ways. Here are just a few.
An expanded perspective. Living in an unfamiliar culture introduces you to new ways of looking at the world. Your experiences abroad will challenge your assumptions, encourage you to think in innovative ways and help you discover new talents and interests.
A chance to catch your breath and refocus. As a high-achieving student, you’ve been running full tilt for the past four years—immersing yourself in demanding academic work and meaningful extracurricular activities, and preparing for admission to a selective college or university. Bridge Year offers you a welcome opportunity to do something totally different before you go to college.
An orientation to service. At Princeton, we care deeply about making the world a better place; in fact, the University’s informal motto is “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” As a participant in the Bridge Year Program, you’ll develop an appreciation for your own role in serving society and the world.