What you'll gain

We admire the road less traveled for a reason—it requires that we prioritize self-discovery over conformity.

By taking a gap, you’re guaranteed to get out of your comfort zone and rediscover what you’re capable of.

  • Confidence & Independence

    Navigate new cultures, have novel experiences, and live on your own.

  • Renewed Energy & Focus

    Use this time to recharge and explore new ways to challenge yourself.

  • Career Ideas

    Understand how to leverage your strengths and begin to define your life path.

  • Real Life Skills

    Gain language skills, learn to communicate cross-culturally, and create a budget.

Programs designed to build real-world skills

Each EF Gap program is comprised of various program experiences that broaden students' learning, personal growth, and career preparation.

  • Guide Exploration

    Experience the world from the expert, local perspective of your EF Tour Director—your travel sidekick from arrival to departure.

  • Service & Sustainability

    Be a force for good in the world and explore ways to make a real, hands-on impact alongside communities in Latin America and Asia.

  • Language & Culture

    Live like a local while taking on an immersive language course in the city of your choice. Study Spanish, Italian, French, German, Korean, or Japanese.

  • Business & Internships

    Level up your resume with real-world experience at an international company while living independently in the global city of Stockholm, Sweden.

Three program lengths

Choose how long you want to travel. With year, semester, and short-term programs, there's an EF Gap experience for everyone.

Let's connect

Taking a gap year before or during college is an incredibly worthwhile experience; it can also be a complex decision. Complete the form below and one of our EF Gap Year Consultants will be in touch to help find the perfect program for you. For U.S. students 18–22.

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