Gap Year Blog

Student stories from the road and gap year advice

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Culture-seekers, foodies, and fashionistas: Tokyo is calling!
Written by EF Gap Year

Tokyo, Japan is home to 13 million people and over 30 million in the greater Tokyo area where EF Gap Year students can see, smell,…

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A Study in Smiles
Written by Samantha D.

As a photographer, a traveler, and a curious mind, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. I got to travel the world for six months.…

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5 Tips for Blogging about Your Gap Year
Written by EF Gap Year

So, you’re going on a Gap Year and you want a way to tell everyone from your mom to your camp friends to your weird…

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Top 5 reasons guidance counselors recommend gap years
Written by EF Gap Year

Gap years between high school and college are commonly viewed as a rite of passage in countries around the globe, especially in Europe. Slowly, parents…

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The (unexpected) ways I grew from my gap year
Written by Camila O'Brien

Count on growth and change If you’re considering taking a gap year you probably expect to see some changes in yourself on the other side.…

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A brief history of the gap year
Written by EF Gap Year

The term gap year is thrown around a lot these days, but it’s important to understand exactly what it is people are referring to. Unfortunately, when…

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5 reasons why people don’t take gap years—and why we disagree
Written by EF Gap Year

The gap year is gaining popularity but it is still a fairly new concept. It can be difficult to shake your gap year fears as…

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Royal treatment for your gap year
Written by EF Gap Year

Start your EF Gap Year in splendor—at Ashridge House. Ashridge House is a lavish former English country estate that has been home to Ashridge Business…

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