Learn more about the application process and access our online application at our LeapYear Admissions page.
Yes! LeapYear, being a fully accredited year of college, gives you access to Federal Financial Aid as well as LeapYear and third-party scholarships. More details about Federal, LeapYear, and private scholarships and loans are available on our Financial Aid page. Naropa and LeapYear are very committed to our programs being accessible to people of all socioeconomic situations.
Yes! Participants in LeapYear are enrolled at Naropa University as full-time undergraduate students and earn a full year of college credits. LeapYear is considered an alternative first or second year of college at Naropa University.
LeapYear credits transfer to a broad range of colleges, as LeapYear students are enrolled as full-time students at Naropa University. These credits generally transfer as electives. However, it is at the discretion of each accepting institution how and whether transfer credits are accepted. Please reach out to the admissions office at your institution of choice to inquire about their acceptance of Naropa’s transfer credits. To support you in this inquiry, our office can provide you with LeapYear course descriptions and syllabi, and college admissions offices can preview these materials to determine the exact number of Naropa University credits they will accept.
A partial list of the colleges that LeapYear graduates have attended after LeapYear include:
LeapYear hires leaders each year to lead the first semester of group travel to South Asia and Central America. We select our leaders from an annual pool of over 150 applicants, including returned Peace Corps volunteers, AmeriCorps leaders, graduates of master's and PhD programs, and phenomenally experienced international educators. Each leader has direct experience in their program’s region, extensive group leading experience, and foundational practices in Naropa’s contemplative education approach. Leaders hold certifications in Wilderness First Aid or higher. Our leaders begin their year with an intensive training retreat at Naropa to compliment the experience they bring.
Beginning even before meeting in Boulder, students begin consideration of the internship process. During the first retreat, students work closely with the LeapYear staff, Naropa’s internship specialist, and groups leaders to further develop their internship ideas. Over the course of the first semester, with this support, students hone their choices to ultimately decide on their internship upon their return to Boulder. Final arrangements for internships are made over the break in preparation for the start of second semester.
LeapYear has been sending individual students abroad since 1994 and has made over 1500 successful internship placements. Students partner with organizations to complete social service, educational, environmental, expressive arts, medical, outdoor recreation, and public health work. The solo internship is designed to be a structured educational experience and LeapYear staff intimately supports our students throughout the full internship time.