Our admissions process and criteria

Taking a gap year is a big decision—we’re here to help you navigate the ins and outs.

Our admissions process is designed for us to get to know you as an individual, help you craft an itinerary that works for you, and of course, build an awesome cohort of travelers who are ready to greet every adventure with an open mind.

We’re still accepting applications for Spring 2021! Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, but we recommend applying as soon as possible while spaces last.

Admission Process
  1. Step
    Choose your program

    The first step is to decide which program is right for you, and (if applicable) the modules that best fit your interests and goals. Should you have any questions or concerns, our Gap Year Consultants are here to guide you and your family through the process of planning your gap. To get in touch with a Gap Year Consultant, fill out a brief interest form.

  2. Step
    Submit your application

    Once you’ve decided where to go for your gap, you can begin your application, where you’ll be asked to pick your program, choose your modules and destinations, and tell us more about yourself. Don’t worry, your selections are not binding, and this is not your college application—just a few questions to make sure the program is a good fit for you.

  3. Step

    If we think your application is a good fit, you’ll be invited to interview with someone on our team. Within a week of your interview, you’ll hear back about your admissions decision.

  4. Step
    Reserve your spot

    Once accepted, reserve your spot on our program by putting down a deposit and selecting your payment plan.

  5. Step
    Apply for scholarships and funding

    Every year, EF Gap Year awards up to $50,000 in merit-based scholarships to help students offset the cost of their program. You might look into other private or community-based means of fundraising too. For more information, check out Scholarships and Fundraising.

  6. Step
    Get ready to travel!

    After booking your program, you’ll be paired with a Student Advisor who will be your point person for all things moving forward. From applying to internships to packing for your travels, they’ll be there to help you feel as ready for your gap as can be. 

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

We encourage all qualified students to apply for an EF Gap program. Whoever you are, whatever you are passionate about—we welcome you and want you to bring that to our program. We are committed to inclusion and belonging across race, ethnicity, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability, parental status, veteran status, experience and everything else that makes you unique. We continually seek to build and maintain a vibrant community of program participants that reflects the rich diversity of our world.

Program Fees

Learn about our program pricing and what it includes.

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  • Airfare & Transportation

    Round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop in your itinerary

  • Room & Board

    Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Classes & Activities

    Language classes, service projects, and excursions led by local guides

  • Global Support Network

    One-on-one mentorship and travel support before and during your program

Have questions? Our gap year consultants have answers.

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