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.

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.


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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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