The Discoverer

12 weeks in Europe. Choose where to learn a language and intern abroad.

Live like a local

Spend a semester in Europe gaining language fluency and international business experience. You’ll return home with a transformed perspective and newfound confidence that you’ll carry for the rest of your life.

Throughout your semester, you’ll enjoy a balance of structured activities and free time to explore on your own—with other world-class destinations just a hop, skip, or high-speed rail train ride away.

Program Highlights
  • European Immersion: Embark on a guided tour of London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Barcelona with your cohort.
  • Language Study: Study Spanish, French, Italian, or German at an EF Language Campus. You’ll live with a local host and have plenty of free time to explore the city on your own.
  • Internship: Intern at a professional organization and learn how to live on your own. Past students have done internships in marketing, business, technology, and more.
  • EF Leadership Academy: Reflect on what you’ve learned, and hone your leadership skills through workshops and activities.

Program Itinerary

Gap Semester 12 Weeks

European Immersion

2 Weeks Europe European Immersion

Every EF Gap Semester program kicks off with a guided, culturally immersive tour of four iconic European cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona. Bond with your cohort as you explore these cities and make lifelong memories together.

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Language Study (Customizable)

4 Weeks Nice, Barcelona, Rome, or Berlin Language & Culture

Study a language at an EF Language School located in the heart of a city where the language is spoken. Accelerate your learning by interacting with locals outside of class.

Languages offered: French in Nice, Spanish in Barcelona, Italian in Rome, German in Berlin

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Internship (Customizable)

4 Weeks Dublin or Seville Business & Internships

Intern at an international organization and gain real business experience you can add to your resume. You'll learn how to conduct yourself in professional settings and live on your own as an independent adult.

Destinations offered: Seville, Spain and Dublin, Ireland

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EF Leadership Academy

1 Week London EF Leadership Academy

Our gap semester programs culminate with a transformative series of workshops and seminars led by experts in business and international relations. Reunite with the rest of your cohort to reflect on your gap, develop a post-gap plan for success in college and your career, and say goodbye to everyone during a gala farewell banquet and awards ceremony.

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Program Fee

Tuition for this 12-week program is $17,500, and scholarships are available. Tuition includes:

  • 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

  • Guided Excursions

    Activities and excursions led by local guides

  • Language Instruction

    Tuition for 4-week course at EF's accredited language school

  • Global Support Network

    One-on-one mentorship and 24/7 travel support before and during your program

  • Professional Development

    Access to CV/interview coaching and our network of internship partners

Explore our Language Destinations

Choose where to learn a language. EF Language Campuses are located at the heart of these world-class cities.

Nice, France

This sun-soaked, cultural gem of the French Riviera combines old-world grandeur and lively street life.

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Barcelona, Spain

This seaside city will sweep you off your feet with its world-famous dining, architecture, and energetic culture.

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Rome, Italy

Italy’s mesmerizing capital city teems with historical ruins, mega-famous art, and bustling street life.

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Berlin, Germany

Lose yourself in the culture and art of this trendy, diverse European capital city.

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Explore our Internship Destinations

Our internship host cities all share three things in common: friendly locals, a thriving business scene, and a strong international community.

Dublin, Ireland

This quirky city is filled to the brim with history, charm, and character.

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Seville, Spain

Experience magnificent architecture and a slower pace of life in this romantic Spanish city.

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Fast-track your application by applying Early Action.

Applying for our Fall 2021 Gap Year or Semester program? Consider taking advantage of our Early Action admissions timeline. By applying Early Action, you can secure your spot on your program of choice, receive first consideration for our Global Citizens Scholarships, and hear back about your scholarship application before the risk-free cancellation deadline.

  • Application deadline: February 15, 2021
  • Enrollment deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Scholarship application deadline: March 15, 2021
  • Scholarship decisions: April 15, 2021
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Risk-free cancellation means you can book with confidence.

Thinking about traveling in the coming year? Our flexible booking policies and risk-free cancellation options mean that you can book your gap experience with confidence. For more details, speak to one of our EF Gap Year Advisors, or see our full booking conditions here.

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