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, volunteer for 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.
Learn a new language
Become fluent in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages on an EF Gap Year or Semester abroad.
Spanish / Madrid
Spanish / Barcelona
Spanish / Costa Rica
French / Paris
German / Berlin
Italian / Rome
Mandarin / Shanghai
Japanese / Tokyo
Korean / Seoul
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.
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.
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.