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Start your EF Gap Year by meeting fellow EF gap students at an intensive orientation on an EF campus outside New York City, where you gain all the skills you need to succeed on the program.
Goal: Get your semester off on the right foot.
Strategy: Set personal goals for your gap experience and create an action plan for how to achieve them.
Skills gained: Self-awareness, goal-setting, values, safety best practices, stress management.
Next, get to know Europe with an insider’s perspective on professionally guided visits to its greatest cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona.
Goal: Gain cultural literacy through firsthand exploration.
Strategy: Use this tour as a learning lab for expanding your knowledge of European history, art, and culture.
Skills gained: Curiosity, culture, knowledge, flexibility, group dynamics.
Choose the global skill you would like to learn
Now you can start customizing your EF Gap Semester by deciding how—and where—you will build your skills in one of three essential aspects of a global career:
Build your communication skills at a fully accredited EF language school abroad. We offer 7 languages, all located in world-class cities: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean.
Goal: Connect with others more profoundly by communicating in their native tongue.
Strategy: Learn another language by living and studying in a country where it is spoken daily.
Skills gained: Language fluency, cross-cultural communication, presentation skills, exposure to new ideas / lifestyles.
Help a community in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, or Thailand empower its youth, improve its water and food supplies, or preserve its environment.
Goal: Do something good for the environment, for others, and for yourself.
Strategy: Embed yourself in several local communities of a country to learn about the challenges they face, and then contribute to solutions.
Skills gained: Teamwork, community-building, empathy, ecology, outdoor skills, resiliency.
Gain valuable business experience abroad by interning at a respected organization in a world-class city: Bangkok, Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Seoul, Sydney, or Tokyo.
Goal: Understand how society works on a professional level.
Strategy: Take our first big step as an adult by living on your own and interning in a field of interest.
Skills gained: Independence, entrepreneurship, business culture, personal finance, time management, problem-solving.
Continue customizing your EF Gap Semester
Deepen your understanding of the same global skill with a change of country. Or broaden your knowledge by exploring a different skill.
Then attend a transformative series of leadership workshops, seminars, and simulations, led by professionals in the field. (Location to be announced.)
Goal: Discover your inner leader.
Strategy: Develop leadership skills through strengths-building, teamwork, and motivational techniques.
Skills gained: Leadership, conflict resolution, team motivation, negotiation, public speaking.
Share all you’ve learned during your EF Gap Semester at our wrap-up, which includes a gala farewell banquet and awards ceremony.
Goal: Return home a true citizen of the world.
Strategy: Evaluate all your experiences and develop a post-gap plan for success in college and your career.
Skills gained: Reflection, self-assment, strategy, commitment.
College App Seminar
3 DAYS – Optional – Fall EF Gap Semester students only
Work with an advisor to craft an amazing college application package and essay during this 3-day intensive in Boston.
Goal: Apply to the college of your dreams (or reapply).
Strategy: Learn how to convert our experiences into a compelling story for college admissions officers.
Skills gained: Personal branding, strategy, resume-building, essay writing, networking.
Our most popular EF Gap Semester programs
ALL-INCLUSIVE: TUITION, TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, AND SELECT MEALS
STARTING AT: $17,500
Where will your EF Gap Semester take you? The combinations are endless, since you choose both the destination and
content for each of your two modules. Every EF Gap Semester starts with Orientation and a 2-week European Immersion. You always end with EF Leadership Academy and a program Wrap-up, which includes a gala banquet.
Additional fees apply for select destinations in Latin America and Asia. Base price does not include travel insurance or passport and visa fees. Please also note that all destinations and program inclusions are subject to availability and group size.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SEMESTER IN THAILAND
Internship with a non-profit
SPANISH FOCUS EF GAP SEMESTER
ASIA FOCUS EF GAP SEMESTER
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
BEACH EF GAP SEMESTER
SERVICE FOCUS EF GAP SEMESTER