Our admissions process and criteria
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 Fall 2020! Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, but we recommend applying as soon as possible while spaces last.
Fill out a short online form to speak with a gap year consultant, who will guide you and your family through the process of planning your gap. They’ll answer any questions you might have and make recommendations based on your goals and preferences.
Next, you’ll be invited to fill out an application where you’ll be asked to pick your program, choose your modules and destinations, and tell us more about yourself. Don’t worry, this is not your college application—just a few questions to make sure the program is a good fit for you.
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.
Once accepted, reserve your spot on our program by putting down a deposit and selecting your payment plan.
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.
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.