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 Fall 2020! Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, but we recommend applying as soon as possible while spaces last.

Admission Process
  1. Step
    Speak with a gap year consultant.

    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.

  2. Step
    Submit your application

    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. 

  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. 

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

Get in touch. Speak with an EF Gap Year Consultant.

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