Start college with a gap

Explore the world

Gain fluency in other cultures

Make a real difference

Develop your leadership skills

Prepare for a limitless career

Discover who you really are


Get more out of college by experiencing more out of life

An EF Gap Year will transform you into a true global citizen. You will travel the world, learn a new language, serve a good cause, gain internship experience in your future career, and develop your leadership abilities. You’ll build an impressive portfolio of global skills while you’re away. And you’ll  return home more self-confident, self-reliant and mature—ready for success in college and your future career.

How long will you be away?

It’s up to you! With EF, you can choose between a gap year of 26 weeks and a gap semester of 12 weeks.


EF Gap Year


Our gap year offers a full “global citizenship” experience: Two action-packed semesters abroad, starting in September and ending in April.


EF Gap Semester


Our gap semester abroad offers a more focused experience in fewer areas of interest, but allows you to start in either September or January.

We are currently accepting applications for our September Gap Year and Gap Semester programs. Limited space is still available for our January Gap Semester. Call us today!

Explore the world

Experience the best monuments and masterpieces, landscapes and lifestyles of up to a dozen countries on an EF Gap Year abroad.

Every EF Gap experience kicks off with a tour of Europe. Gain insider access to places you’ve always dreamed about by traveling in a professionally guided group of young people your own age. You’ll enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences and engage in meaningful cultural exchanges that will profoundly change your understanding of the world.

Learn a new language

Become fluent in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages on an EF Gap Year or Semester abroad.

Take a total immersion course at a fully accredited EF school in the heart of a world-class city. You learn faster on your EF gap experience by studying with native-speaking teachers and students from 100 countries. Our proven method guarantees you advance at least one official fluency level.

Serve a community in need

Improve the quality of people’s lives, empower youth through education, and preserve the environment on an EF Gap Year.

Be a force for good in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, or Thailand. On an EF Gap Year or Semester abroad, you’ll 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. You’ll make a real difference and forge a few lifelong friendships!

Gain career experience abroad

Gain incredible business experience abroad with an internship in your future career field on an EF Gap Year or Semester abroad.

Add an amazing internship at an international organization to your resume. An EF Gap Year or Semester allows you to choose the world-class city where you’d like to live and work: Bangkok, Berlin, Dublin, Hong Kong, Madrid, Milan, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Paris, Tokyo. You’ll be placed with a respected organization and mentored by professionals.

Develop your leadership skills

Learn the secrets of success in today’s interconnected world at EF Leadership Academy outside London.

Your EF Gap Year or Semester abroad culminates in an unforgettable leadership seminar at Hult International Business School’s magnificent campus outside London—one of the world’s premier centers for leadership training. Learn all the global leadership skills you’ll need to stand out in college and the career world beyond.

The world leader in international education

For over 50 years, EF's mission has been to open the world through education. We’ve introduced millions of young people to educational travel, language learning, and cultural exchange. Though we have grown into a global organization, our promise to students, parents, and educators remains the same: education first.


Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Advisor.


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