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Make this your year.

Thinking about alternatives to college this fall? Our global gap program lets you make the most of your time off.


Travel the world

See the world outside your bubble and gain a totally new perspective.


Grow personally

Become more mature, confident, and independent—and define your life path.


Gain real skills

Learn a new language and
gain professional
experience abroad.


Prepare for the future

Be better equipped for the next stage of your life—whether that's college or your career.

Choose your own adventure

What you can do on an EF Gap Year (25 weeks) or Semester (12 weeks)


Explore the world

Every EF Gap experience kicks off with a two-week immersion in European culture. Gain insider access to cities like London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona, by traveling in a professionally guided group of young people.

Learn a language

Take a total immersion language course at a fully accredited EF school in the heart of a world-class city. Our proven method can help you advance one official fluency level during your course.


Serve a community in need

Be a force for good in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, or Thailand. Collaborate with community members to improve water and food supplies, build new schools and housing, provide educational opportunities for local youth, and preserve the natural environment.

Gain work experience abroad

An EF Gap Year allows you to choose the world-class city where you'd like to live and work: Bangkok, Berlin, Dublin, Madrid,  Seoul, Sydney, Paris, or Tokyo. By the end of your year, you'll have an amazing internship at an international organization to add to your resume.



Let's connect!

Taking a gap year before or during college is an incredibly worthwhile experience. But it can also be a complex decision. Our Gap Year consultants are ready to answer any questions you have, and to help find the perfect program for you.

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