Become a citizen of the world in just 26 weeks

An EF Gap Year can help you gain documented skills in the five key areas of an international career. You decide where in the world you’ll travel, study, volunteer and intern.

  • Semester 1: September - December

    Orientation

    3 WEEKS

    Start your EF Gap Year by meeting fellow EF gappers at an intensive orientation in London, where you gain all the skills you need to succeed on the program.

    EF Gap Year - Orientation

    Goal:  Get your year 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 Year - 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 →

  • Language Study

    6 WEEKS

    Now 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 Year - 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 →

  • Service Learning

    6 WEEKS

    Then 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 Year - 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 →

  • Winter break: 6 weeks

    College App Seminar

    3 DAYS – Optional

     

    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 your experiences into a compelling story for college admissions officers.

    Skills gained: Personal branding, strategy, resume building, essay writing, networking.

    Explore College Application Seminar →

  • Semester 2: January - April

    Immersion Tour of Australia

    3 WEEKS

    After Winter Break, continue your EF Gap Year by exploring the world with your fellow gappers on a guided cultural immersion tour to Australia and New Zealand.

    EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour

    Goal: Take a deep-dive into the past, present, and future of Australia and New Zealand.

    Strategy: Test your own ideas around post-colonialism against those of another English-speaking culture located a hemisphere away.

    Skills gained: Critical thinking, contextualization, research, outreach debate.

    Explore Immersion Tour →

  • Internship

    6 WEEKS

    Next, 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.

    Goals: Understand how society works on a professional level.

    Strategy: Take your 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 →

  • Leadership

    2 WEEKS

    Then attend a transformative Leadership Academy at Hult International Business School’s Ashridge campus near London, including a trip to Ireland and Scotland.

    EF Gap Year - 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

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

    EF Gap Year - 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-assessment, strategy, commitment.

    Explore Wrap-up →

Our most popular EF Gap Year programs

ALL-INCLUSIVE: TUITION, TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION, AND SELECT MEALS
STARTING AT: $33,700

Where will your EF Gap Year take you? The combinations are endless, since you choose the destination for you language study, service learning, and internship. Every EF Gap Year starts with Orientation in London and a Welcome Tour of Europe. There’s always an Immersion Tour of Australia after Winter Break. And you always end your year with EF Leadership Academy, a Farewell Tour of Ireland, 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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