Make this your year.

Learn a language, participate in service learning, do an internship, and travel around the world on our customizable gap year program.

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A year that prepares you for 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.

Choose your adventure

How long do you want to be away? We offer three different program lengths.

EF Gap Year
25 weeks

The full global citizenship experience: language, service, and internship in one year.

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EF Gap Semester
12 weeks

Mix and match 2 custom modules in the destinations of your choice.

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Costa Rica Immersion(NEW)
8 weeks

Study Spanish and participate in service learning in tropical Costa Rica. This fall only.

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Customize your program modules

Explore the building blocks of our program.

European Immersion

Every EF Gap Year and Semester kicks off with a two-week guided tour of Europe. You'll visit London, Amsterdam, Paris, and finish in Barcelona.

Language Study

Take an immersive language course in the city of your choice. Study Spanish, Italian, French, German, Mandarin, Korean, or Japanese. Available as part of any program.

Service Learning

Collaborate with local social enterprises to support community efforts in Latin America, Africa, or Asia. Available as part of any program.


Live and intern in your choice of international cities and experience 9 to 5 working life. Available as part of EF Gap Year and Semester.

Australia / New Zealand

Set off on the ultimate road trip in the middle of your gap year: a three-week immersion Down Under. Available as part of EF Gap Year only.

EF Leadership Academy

All EF Gap programs culminate in a week of reflection, workshops, and seminars led by experts in business and international relations.

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.


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Risk-free cancellation means you can book with confidence.

Our policy ensures that EF Gap Year and Costa Rica Immersion students can cancel risk-free by August 31, 2020. EF Gap Spring Semester can cancel by October 31, 2020.

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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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