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 in two skill-building modules with your choice of language study, service learning, or internship.

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  • Orientation

    3 WEEKS

    Start your EF Gap Semester by meeting  fellow EF gappers at our orientation in London, where you gain all the skills you need to succeed.

    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 →

  • Welcome Tour

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

    EF Gap Semester - Welcome Tour

    Goal: Gain cultural literacy through firsthand exploration.

    Strategy: Use this tour as a learning lab for testing your own ideas and beliefs against a European perspective.

    Skills gained: Curiosity, culture, knowledge, flexibility, group dynamics.

    Explore Welcome tour →

  • Module A

    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 a local community to learn about the challenges it faces, and then contribute to solutions.

    Skills gained: Teamwork, community-building, empathy, ecology, outdoor skills, resiliency.

    Explore Volunteer service →

     
    OR
     
    Internship

    Gain valuable business experience abroad by interning at a respected organization in a world-class city: Dublin, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Berlin, Sydney, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo, or Seoul.

    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 →

  • Module B

    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

    1 WEEK

    Then attend a transformative Leadership Academy at Hult International Business School’s Ashridge campus near London.

    EF Gap Semester - 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 Leadership →

  • Wrap-up

    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 ROOM & BOARD
STARTING AT: $17,100

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 in London and a Welcome Tour
of Europe. You always end with EF Leadership Academy and a program Wrap-up in London.

Additional fees apply for select destinations. 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.

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Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Advisor.

   

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