• Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Young Adult

Soliya’s Global Circles bring together participants for facilitated discussions on a timely topic to develop greater awareness and common understanding around the challenges and opportunities posed by global technologies and their impact on society. Global Circles are open to direct enrollment, enabling access for participants who may not be affiliated with a formal education institution. Young people from the United States and Middle East and North Africa learn from and with each other through discussion-based activities, engaging in both live and offline exchange. At the same time, through skill building activities, participants gain critical 21st century skills and attitudes such as cross-cultural communication, empathy, and critical thinking.


In small groups led by trained facilitators representing diverse cultural backgrounds, participants from various countries and cultures gather in a virtual space to discuss a topic that matters locally and globally. Throughout the duration of the program, participants attend online, face-to-face dialogue sessions, and also engage offline by contributing comments and questions onto a shared group stream. Participants are also invited to read resources that explain the general philosophy of dialogue, the rules of engagement, and how to best use the online platform. Through participation, young people increase their topical knowledge and begin building meaningful international relationships, as well as gain key critical thinking, communication, and technical skills for the 21st century. Young people register directly into Global Circles, an open-enrollment program, and they can apply to join as many rounds as desired.

Program Details

Number of Participants


U.S. States and Territories Reached
  • All U.S. States and Territories
Countries and Territories Reached
    • Egypt
    • Iraq
    • Israel
    • Jordan
    • Kuwait
    • Lebanon
    • Libya
    • Morocco
    • Palestinian Territories
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Syria
    • Tunisia
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Yemen
Length of Exchange

Two weeks (two and a half hours/week)

Global Circles is implemented by Soliya and is supported by the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (JCSVEI). JCSVEI is a U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program administered by the Aspen Institute.