Admissions Process

Our admissions process and timeline

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 incredible cohort of travelers who are ready to greet every adventure with an open mind.

Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, but we recommend applying as soon as possible to secure your spot. Some destinations are already full for our 2021-2022 EF Gap Year program!

Admission Process
  1. Step
    Explore our programs

    Browse our programs and see what stands out. Consider how long you want to travel, what you want to do on the road, and which parts of the world you want to see. 

  2. Step
    Chat with a Gap Year Consultant

    Reach out to an expert to get more information about our programs and destinations. Your Gap Year Consultant will help you and your family plan your ideal program, and then send you a custom itinerary based on your conversation. 

  3. Step
    Review your custom gap itinerary

    Dive into the recommendations your Gap Year Consultant sends over and spend some time imagining yourself living in each destination. Get in touch with any changes or thoughts. 

  4. Step
    Talk it over with your family

    At this point, your Gap Year Consultant will arrange a call with you and your family together to talk through your custom itinerary, program details, and payment options. 

  5. Step
    Reserve your spot in the program

    Once everyone is on board, you will reserve your spot on our program by putting down a deposit and selecting your payment plan. After that, we’ll get you in touch with your Student Advisor who will be your point person for all things moving forward.


Weekly EF Gap Year Info Sessions
Every Thursday at 7pm ET

Our live, online Gap Year Info Sessions take place every week. Discover how taking a gap year before or during college works, explore EF Gap Year programs, and ask our staff any questions that come to mind.

Feel free to bring your family, friends, or come on your own. Our dream is for each person to leave the session inspired to start planning their gap or, at the very least, newly open to the possibility.

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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.


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