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12 weeks of incredible global experience

Start your EF Gap Semester in either September or January. You decide how you'll focus your gap experience by customizing two of your four modules with your choice of language study, service learning, or internship.

ALL-INCLUSIVE: TUITION, TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, AND SELECT MEALS
STARTING AT: $18,500

  • Orientation

    3 DAYS

    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.

    EF Gap Semester - Orientation

    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. 

    Explore Orientation →

  • European Immersion

    MODULE A

    (2 weeks)

    Next, get to know Europe with an insider’s perspective on professionally guided visits to its greatest cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona.

    EF Gap Semester - Welcome Tour

    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.

    Explore European Immersion →

  • Customized

    MODULE B

    (4 weeks)

     
    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:

     
    Language Study

    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.

    EF Gap Semester - Language Study

    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.

    Explore Language study →

     
    OR
     
    Service Learning

    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.

    EF Gap Semester - Volunteer Service

    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.

    Explore Service Learning →

     
    OR
     
    Internship

    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.

    EF Gap Semester - Internship

    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.

    Explore Internship →

  • Customized

    MODULE C

    (4 weeks)

     
    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.

     
    Language Study
     
    OR
     
    Service Learning
     
    OR
     
    Internship
  • Leadership

    MODULE D

    (1 week)

    Then attend a transformative series of leadership workshops, seminars, and simulations, led by professionals in the field. (Location to be announced.)

    EF Leadership Academy

    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.

    Explore EF Leadership Academy →

  • Wrap-up

    2 DAYS

    Share all you’ve learned during your EF Gap Semester at our wrap-up, which includes a gala farewell banquet and awards ceremony.

    EF Gap Semester - Wrap-up

    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.

    Explore Wrap-up →

  • 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.

    Explore College application seminar →

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

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THAILAND

Service Learning 

EF Gap Year - Volunteer Service - Environmentalism

Bangkok

Internship with a non-profit

SPANISH FOCUS EF GAP SEMESTER

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MADRID, SPAIN

Language study

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Service learning

(Not available for Spring 2020 Gap Semester Module B & C)

ASIA FOCUS EF GAP SEMESTER

Korea

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

Language study

EF Gap Year - Internship - Language Study - Seoul

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA

Internship

BEACH EF GAP SEMESTER

EF Gap Year - Volunteer Service - Environmentalism

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Service learning

(Not available for Spring 2020 Gap Semester Module B & C)

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - Internhip - Sydney

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Internship

SERVICE FOCUS EF GAP SEMESTER

EF Gap Year - Program Guide - Volunteer Service

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Service learning

(Not available for Spring 2020 Gap Semester Module B & C)

EF Gap Year - Volunteer Service - Thailand

THAILAND

Service learning

Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Consultant.

   

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