EF Gap Year Program

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

Discover new interests, pursue your passions, and make this your year by living and learning in the global destinations of your choice. Learn more about yourself, the world, and yourself in the world over two terms of international adventure.

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

Boston, Massachusetts: Orientation

3 Days Boston, Massachusetts

Meet your cohort and support team at EF's North American headquarters to prepare for the year ahead through activities, info sessions, and workshops.

Europe: Guided Exploration

2 Weeks Europe

Kick off your journey by traveling to Europe to explore four iconic cities at the lead of your local Tour Director. Check iconic destinations off of your bucket list as you discover London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona with your cohort.

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Language & Culture

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

Say hello—hola, kon’nichiwa, bonjour, ciao, or halo—to the destination of your choice. Immerse yourself in the culture and study at one of EF’s International Language campuses.

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Service & Sustainability

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

Be a force for good in the world: collaborate with local NGOs that are exploring ways to make a sustainable impact at an individual, community and global scale.

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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.

Term 2 February - May

Australia & New Zealand: Guided Exploration

3 Weeks Australia & New Zealand

Reunite with your cohort to embark on the ultimate road trip Down Under. This immersive Oceania adventure is a perfect balance of action, free time, and Guided Exploration.

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Business & Internships: Stockholm

8 Weeks Stockholm, Sweden

Live independently and navigate the nuances of global business culture at a respected, international organization in the modern city of Stockholm, Sweden.

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EF Leadership Academy

7 Days London, England

Attend a transformative series of activities, reflections, and workshops to reflect on your EF Gap experience; return home ready for what's next.

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.

  • Guided Exploration

    Experience the world from the expert, local perspective of your EF Tour Director—your travel sidekick from arrival to departure.

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  • Business & Internships

    Level up your resume with real-world experience at an international company while living independently in the global city of Stockholm, Sweden.

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  • Language & Culture

    Live like a local while taking on an immersive language course in the city of your choice. Study Spanish, Italian, French, German, Korean, or Japanese.

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  • Service & Sustainability

    Be a force for good in the world and explore ways to make a real, hands on impact alongside communities in Latin America and Asia.

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What's included

Tuition for this 25-week program is $39,500 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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