The Explorer is ideal for the traveler who wants to leave their comfort zone and plunge into local life all over the world. Create community, make an impact, and return home with a deeper understanding of the world and your place in it.
Your semester starts out with a two-week tour of Europe’s most iconic cities. After that, you’ll move into a homestay in the city of your choice for an authentic language learning experience. Your journey will then take you to Thailand where you’ll make an impact alongside NGOs and community members.
Spanish in Barcelona, French in Nice, Italian in Rome, German in Berlin, Japanese in Tokyo, Korean in Seoul
Upcoming travel dates:
Spring 2023: Jan. 20 – Apr. 7
Push yourself to step outside your comfort zone—experience new places and learn to make the most of each moment.
Feel more at home in the world as you explore Europe, immerse yourself in local languages, and make a lasting impact in local communities in Thailand.
Build maturity and self-confidence by navigating new cultures and countries. Discover the moments between the monuments and make meaningful connections.
Apply language and cultural knowledge to new situations, places, and challenges. Learn to appreciate cultural differences and travel thoughtfully.
Europe 2 Weeks
Dive right into your EF Gap Semester with a tour of four iconic European cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona. Your EF Tour Director will make sure you see the big-name sights as well as the underground must-sees. Bond with your cohort as you get comfortable and confident navigating new places together.
City of your choice 4 Weeks
Begin your Language Immersion experience as you settle into your host city. Take a language placement test and begin your courses at your EF Campus. Meet your homestay family and get to know their routines and culture. Start to get a feel for the public transit and geography of your new city.
Languages offered: Spanish in Barcelona, French in Nice, Italian in Rome, German in Berlin, Japanese in Tokyo, Korean in Seoul
Keep attending your language courses at the EF Campus as you become more comfortable with the language and culture of your new city. Spend your free time exploring your new city, and perhaps take a weekend trip to a nearby city to flex your travel skills and see a new place. Get to know your cohort and homestay family on a deeper level. Become a pro at navigating your new city.
Make the most of your last week in your Language Study module as you wrap up your courses and celebrate with your new friends and connections. Use your language skills to make sure you check off all the last items on your bucket list in your host city. Enjoy a final celebratory dinner with your cohort.
Thailand 4 Weeks
Land in the capital city of Bangkok, a city teeming with succulent street food, ultra-modern skyscrapers, and gleaming temples. Get your bearings with help from your Field Director who will take you to Bangkok's greatest highlights including a boat tour and cooking class where you'll learn to make Pad Thai and mango sticky rice.
In mountainous Chiang Mai, you'll work with our NGO partners on projects that focus on social and environmental issues and emerge with a better understanding of the issues Thailand faces and what local leaders are doing to help solves them. In between projects, flex your independent travel skills as you enjoy some free days to explore Chiang Mai at your own pace.
Wrap up your service learning projects and head to southern Thailand for a couple of days to relax, recover, and refocus your energy on the gorgeous beaches of Krabi and Koh Samet – one of Thailand’s 1,400 tropical islands. Head back to Bangkok, where you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner with your group to reflect on your time in Thailand before flying out.
Portugal 1 Week
Meet up with other Gap Semester students in gorgeous, sunny Portugal to flex what you've learned, learn how to share your gap story, and discover new skills to help you manage the transition home. Most importantly, celebrate all that you have achieved alongside your cohort.
Tuition for this 11-week program is $18,950, and payment plans are available. Tuition includes:
Choose where to learn a language. EF Language Campuses are located at the heart of these world-class cities.