Semester Program

The Explorer

Choose where to have an immersive language learning experience, then make an impact in Thailand.

Step out of your comfort zone and 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. Start out with a two-week tour of Europe’s most iconic cities; after that, you’ll travel to the global 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.

Languages offered:
Spanish in Barcelona, French in Nice, Italian in Rome, German in Berlin, Japanese in Tokyo, Korean in Seoul

Upcoming travel dates:
Spring 2024: Feb. 16 – Apr. 26


How you'll grow

Program itinerary
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Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to availability and local conditions at the time of departure.

Europe 2 Weeks

Europe: Orientation

2 Weeks London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona

Dive right into your EF Gap Semester with a tour of four iconic European cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona. Your 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

Language Learning: Starting Out

1 week Barcelona, Nice, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, or Seoul

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. Settle into your homestay or your EF Residence and get acquainted with a new country 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

Language Learning: Finding Your Groove

2 Weeks Barcelona, Nice, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, or 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 host country on a deeper level. Become a pro at navigating your new city.

Language Learning: Learning to Say Goodbye

1 Week Barcelona, Nice, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, or Seoul

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

Service Learning: Diving Right In


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.

Service Learning: Making an Impact

7 days Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

Service Learning: Beaches & Sustainable Living

8 Days Krabi, Thailand

Head to southern Thailand for a couple of days to relax, recover, and refocus your energy on the gorgeous beaches of Krabi and the surrounding tropical islands. Then, collaborate with a local environmental organization to participate in a permaculture and sustainable living workshop, work on a coral reef restoration project, learn about mangrove conservation and more.

Service Learning: Walk Among Giants

6 Days Koh Lanta, Thailand

Participate in your final service project, working with an organization dedicated to improving the habitat and welfare of elephants. Observe these beautiful animals as they roam free in their natural environment.

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Thailand: Wrap-Up

3 Days Bangkok, Thailand

Return back to where you started your Thailand journey to reflect on what you've learned, discuss 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 this semester!

Program fee

Tuition for this 10-week program is $18,850, and payment plans are available. Tuition includes:

  • Flights and transportation

    Round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop in your itinerary

  • Room and board

    Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Activities and service projects

    Guided excursions and service opportunities with partner organizations

  • Course at an EF Language Campus

    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

Explore our language learning 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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Seoul, South Korea

This technology and fashion-forward city cherishes tradition as much as innovation.

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Tokyo, Japan

The world's most populous metropolis is an eclectic mix of the traditional and the ultramodern.

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