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Chat with EF Gap Year alumni

Connect one-on-one with past program participants about their experiences abroad and learn how their adventures overseas facilitated their path forward. Ask questions, raise concerns, and gain first-hand perspective about our programs.


John F.
Gap Semester Spring 2018
🇮🇹 Language & Culture in Italy

Hey there, I’m John! My family has always been passionate about travel, but when I discovered studying abroad wasn’t an option with my university and neuroscience major, I knew I needed to take a gap year. I wanted to be able to connect and communicate with my extended family because the language barrier had strained my whole life, so when I found EF and realized I could immerse myself in Italian culture, focus my semester on language learning, and make such lasting friendships with my cohort, I knew I needed to jump on the opportunity.

I love connecting with students who are thinking about taking a gap year. Let’s find a time to chat!

AnnaLise S.
The EF Gap Year 2022-2023

Hi, I’m AnnaLise! After high school, I wanted to feel more confident in myself before starting college. When I heard about EF Gap Year, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore what I wanted out of life, all while learning about amazing places all over the globe and checking off some big bucket list destinations. During my gap year, I studied Spanish for six weeks while living with a host family in Malaga (we’re still in touch today), learned about ecological conservation in the Dominican Republic, and completed a marketing internship in Sevilla, Spain. Now I’m a student at Brown, where I use both the hard and soft skills I learned during my gap year all the time.

I would love to chat about the gap year experience with you! Let’s schedule a time to talk.

Jared S.
The EF Gap Year 2021-2022

Hi, I’m Jared! When I was looking for a gap year program, I wanted to make sure I was able to not only see the world, but also continue my educational career and gain global skills. EF Gap Year allowed me to do just that. I deferred from Boston University and headed off on my gap, where I studied French in Nice, participated in service learning in Costa Rica, and interned in Sevilla, Spain. Now I’m going into my junior year at Boston University where I am a hospitality major.

I would love to chat about the gap year experience with you! Let’s schedule a time to talk.

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