Applications are open for the 2022-23 school year!


The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s Global Travel Scholars program provides a small number of scholarships to selected high school sophomores and juniors with financial need to participate in a summer program abroad through World Learning’s The Experiment in International Living.


Programs last three to five weeks and involve a combination of host family stays, language training, community service, and outdoor adventures. Since 2004, we have sent over 150 students to more than 20 countries including Argentina, Australia, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, and Thailand.


The Global Travel Scholars program is a needs-based scholarship for high school students who have never traveled abroad before and would not be able to do so without a scholarship. The scholarship covers all program fees (activities, lodging, food, etc.), domestic and international flights, health and accident insurance, and passport and visa fees.


Am I Eligible?

In order to be eligible for the Global Travel Scholars program, students must:

-Be a current sophomore or junior in high school (16+ as of Feb 1, 2023)

– Live in the Pittsburgh area or be an active member of a Global Minds Chapter

Have not traveled outside of the United States or Canada, except in the case of immigrants or refugees to the United States who have lived abroad

-Would not be able to travel without a scholarship


How Do I Apply?

Apply online through The Experiment by January 20, 2023. On the application for admission, answer “yes” to the question on the first Program Selection page, “Were you nominated by your sponsoring organization?” Then, choose “World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh” from the drop-down list provided. This will waive the $50 application fee.


Questions? Contact Director of Youth Programming Kathleen Newell at


Applications are due January 20, 2023! 


“The Global Travel Scholarship program gets you ready for the real world in ways that one, you will be nervous about and two, you won’t be ready for, but that’s what makes it exciting.”

– Anicet Mundumdu, Global Travel Scholar to South Africa