EF Gap Year Program

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Make this your year with the ultimate global, customizable gap year that’s designed to meet your unique goals

Spend your first term developing your language skills and sustainability experience in the global cities of your choice. Return home for the holidays before reuniting with your cohort as you all kick off your second term exploring Australia & New Zealand. You’ll then travel together to Stockholm to begin your eight-week internship experiences before wrapping up your program at the EF Leadership Academy in London, where you’ll reflect on your best-year-yet.

Upcoming travel dates:
Sept. 15, 2023 – May 3, 2024

How you'll grow

2023–2024 Program Itinerary

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

Term 1 September - December

Orientation: Boston

3 Days Boston, Massachusetts

Fly to Boston, where you’ll meet your cohort for Orientation at EF’s North American Headquarters. This is your chance to bond with your cohort of fellow Gappers, learn about important topics, and get excited for the semester ahead.

Guided Exploration: Europe

2 Weeks Europe

Start your EF Gap Year by getting to know four incredible European cities from an insider’s perspective: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona. Gain cultural literacy and check iconic destinations off of your bucket list.

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Language & Culture

6 Weeks Barcelona, Berlin, Malaga, Nice, Paris, Rome, Seoul, or Tokyo

Take an immersive language course at a fully-accredited EF Language School in the city of your choice. Study Spanish, Italian, French, German, Korean, or Japanese.

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Service & Sustainability

4 Weeks Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, or Thailand

Collaborate with local social enterprises to support community efforts in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, or Thailand. Be a force for good in the world and explore ways to make a real social impact.

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Winter Break December - February

Winter Break

9 weeks Back Home

Head home for the holidays, recount the adventures from your first term and rest. If you’re interested in adding more travel, you may want to consider joining us for one of our Short Term programs departing in January.

Term 2 February - May

Guided Exploration: Australia & New Zealand

3 Weeks Australia & New Zealand

Set off on the ultimate road trip in the middle of your gap year: a three-week immersion Down Under. This Oceania adventure is a perfect balance of action and free time.

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Business & Internships

8 Weeks Stockholm, Sweden

Live independently and navigate the nuances of global business culture in the modern city of Stockholm, Sweden. You’ll be placed with a respected organization and mentored by professionals at your internship.

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EF Leadership Academy

7 Days London

Reunite with your cohort to attend a transformative series of activities, reflections, and workshops. Reflect on your experiences over the past six months and return home with a post-gap plan for success, feeling ready for the next chapter in your story.

Customize your program modules

Our EF Gap Year program is comprised of different program modules. Some give you the ability to customize your destination, while others are fixed. Learn more about these building blocks below.

What's included

Tuition for this 25-week program is $39,000 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

  • Course at an EF Language Campus

    Innovative and personalized language learning at one of EF's accredited language schools

  • Personal development programming

    Workshops and activities designed to help you discover your strengths and goals

  • Activities and excursions

    Guided group activities, service projects, and excursions led by local guides

  • Global support network

    One-on-one mentorship and 24/7 travel support before and during your program

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