Make this your year.

Experience the world and discover your passions. Build real-world skills, make lifelong memories, and return home a better you. For ages 18-22.

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Programs departing in Spring 2021

Or, view our full list of programs running next year.

EF Gap Year Program

Departure: March 2021
Length: 18 weeks (abbreviated itinerary)

Live in different parts of the world, experiencing 3 destinations in depth. Choose where to learn a language, participate in service learning, and intern.

EF Gap Semester Programs

Departure: March 2021
Length: 12 weeks

Live in different parts of the world, experiencing 2 destinations in depth. Combine language study, service learning, and/or an internship.

Costa Rica Immersion

Departure: April 2021
Length: 8 weeks

Build Spanish fluency through immersive learning and collaborate with local NGOs to make a hands-on contribution to the community.

The most productive break of your life

The gap year is not an alternative to college. It’s about preparing yourself to make the most of college—and in many ways, the rest of your life. Our innovative experiential learning model helps students discover their goals, while equipping them with the confidence and skills to get there.

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Become a global citizen

Travel the world, sharpen your language skills, and gain professional experience abroad.

Grow into your best self

Become a more confident, independent, and resilient version of yourself.

Define your life path

Return home with greater clarity about your goals and inner compass.

Gain a competitive edge

Enter college more socially and academically prepared, with life experiences under your belt.

Customize your program modules

Explore the building blocks of our program.

Pick Your Destinations

Choose from 21 destinations across Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Oceania.

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The world leader in international education

When you travel with EF Education First, you travel with a global organization that has been in operation since 1965. EF’s mission has always been to open the world through education, and we’ve delivered on that promise for millions of students.

55

Years of operation

114

Countries and regions

654

Offices and schools

52,000

Staff, faculty, and teachers
Risk-free cancellation means you can book with confidence.

Thinking about traveling in the coming year? Our flexible booking policies and risk-free cancellation options mean that you can book your gap experience with confidence. For more details, speak to one of our EF Gap Year Advisors, or see our full booking conditions here.

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Have questions? Let's talk!

Taking a gap year before or during college is an incredibly worthwhile experience, and 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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