FAQ

Is there any cost for the GCL Program?

By applying to the GCL Program, you are competing to obtain a scholarship worth $25,000.00 USD which covers the tuition for the GCL Program, round trip airfare to Washington, D.C. from your country of origin, medical insurance, housing, and course materials. Further instructions will be given once accepted to the program.

What does the GCL Program Scholarship cover?

Room and apartment furnishings

Materials for the seminar

Tuition

Medical Insurance

Economy class round trip airfare

*Participants will be responsible for covering their meal expenses for the duration of the program.

Which Ibero-American countries are eligible for the GCL Program?

Candidates who are citizens and residents of in any of the following countries are eligible to apply for the GCL Program.

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

I am a candidate from Colombia, where should I apply?

All Colombian applicants must apply through www.oaleducacion.com.co Applicants must download and complete the application and send the application and the other required documents to:

Señora
Aidee Cuadros
Organización Ardila Lülle
Calle 52 No.47-42, Edificio Coltejer
Medellín

What about the requirement to return to my country after the GCL Program?

All GCL Program participants are required to return to their countries of origin for a year, once the Program ends . We require this in order to ensure that the investment made on the fellow’s participation will return to the region where he/she will be able to apply the knowledge and tools acquired during the program to be an agent of change. Failure to comply with this agreement will result in the participant reimbursing the Latin American Board of the total cost of the program, $25,000.00 USD.

I have dual citizenship, can I apply?

Yes. For example, an applicant may be a citizen of the United States and another Ibero-American country. Applicants with dual citizenship can apply to the GCL Program and will be considered as long as they reside in any of the Ibero-American countries listed above and will return to their countries of origin upon the culmination of the GCL Program.

What happens if I do not fulfill the age requirement?

In order to be eligible to participate in the GCL Program you must be between 24 through 34 years of age.  We invite you to apply if you are interested, but please keep in mind that priority will be given to applicants who fulfill all requirements. If you are under 24 years of age, we encourage you to apply in the future as this is a yearly program.

Can I apply for the GCL Program locally in my country?

The GCL Program has set up Selection Committees in diverse countries to assist with the pre-selection of candidates for the GCL Program. However, the selection process is headed in Georgetown University, so you must send in your application and supporting documents. Your information will then be sent to the corresponding Committee for review and you will be contacted by them if you make it to the first round for an interview.

I do not have work experience but have volunteering experience, can I still apply?

We tend to give priority of admission to applicants with work experience because it allows participants to learn from each other and contribute with their professional experiences to class discussions. Nevertheless, we take into consideration the application as a whole and we encourage interested candidates to apply this year or in the future as this is a yearly program.

In what language must I submit my documents?

Your application and essays must be sent in English. Supporting documents from your university and letters of recommendation may be submitted in English or Spanish only.

My documents are in Portuguese do I have to get them translated and certified?

All required documents must be sent in English or Spanish. Candidates from a Portuguese speaking country must sent the original documents in Portuguese AND an English translation of these documents. The translation does not have to be certified.

Can I send my application and/or supporting documents by email?

The application and all required documents must be sent to:

Señora
Aidee Cuadros
Organización Ardila Lülle
Calle 52 No.47-42, Edificio Coltejer
Medellín

in order to be considered for review and admissions.

What is a university transcript?

Georgetown requires a copy of an official academic history and grades obtained.

What if my university sends the transcripts directly?

We prefer that applicants upload the official transcript onto the application.

I graduated but have not received my university diploma?

If you have graduated from a university or post graduate studies and have not received your diploma, please submit a certified copy of a document issued by your university stating that you have graduated from that institution. The document must include the date of graduation and final grade point average.

What about the letters of recommendation?

Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation. One of these letters must come from an employer  the second letter can be from a professor, employer or any other figure who can write about your talents and abilities. Recommendations must not be from family members and must be written in English or Spanish only.

Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the attention of: GCL Program Admissions Committee.

Is there a specific template for letters of recommendation and to whom should the letters be addressed?

There is no specific template or format for the letters of recommendation. However, please check the submission guidelines specified above. The letters should be addressed to GCL Admission’s Committee or Latin American Board.

How can I prove my English proficiency?

There are several ways candidates can provide proof of English Competency. Applicants may provide TOEFL or Cambridge English Language Assessment results for an exam taken in the past or a certificate or other proof of advanced English language courses completed successfully. Additionally, if an applicant has completed undergraduate or post graduate studies at an English-speaking country, the corresponding diploma will suffice to prove proficiency.

Can I send a copy of another identification document besides a passport copy?

We ask that you please send a legible and valid copy of your passport.

On the application, there is an “Add Video File” and “Add Audio File” option, do I have to send a video and audio as part of the application?

No. Those are not required options.

I want to attach more than one document, how can I do that?

You may attach additional documents.

What is the deadline to apply for the GCL Program?

The 2018 GCL Program application closes on Tuesday August 1st, 2017 at 6:00pm colombian time with no exception.

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