At EF Gap Year, our aim is to help students become happy and successful adults. We prepare them to succeed in all aspects of adult life: personally, academically, and professionally.
We create a program of carefully curated learning moments that foster a love of lifelong learning, enhance their natural strengths and talents, develop their ability to connect with others in meaningful ways, and build the skills most sought after by colleges and employers. We believe students learn best when they’re out in the world, and when lessons are tailored to each individual. Mentorship support and built-in moments of reflection are critical to this innovative, hands-on approach.
The phrase "gap year" is misleading in that it implies there is something missing—when in reality, a gap year has the potential to be more productive than any year of formal schooling students will ever undertake. The beauty of the gap lies in the freedom it affords students: freedom to self-direct their learning, explore their passions, and define their life path.
1. Recent survey conducted by the American Gap Association
2. Recent Middlebury College/UNC Chapel Hill study
Sara S., EF Gap Semester Fall '19
I would recommend EF Gap Year to anyone ages 18-22 because I think those are years when your main goal should be to learn about yourself and the world. Now that I’m entering college, I feel like I have the upper hand: I feel more prepared mentally and more focused. I know what I want wholeheartedly and I’m excited to work to achieve that.
Hannah S., New York EF Gap Semester Class of Spring 2019
I am immensely grateful for the travel, service, and educational opportunities that EF has provided for me. Thanks to the emphasis our mentors placed on professional development, setting realistic goals, and career trajectory, I am both well-prepared and excited to start my freshman year of college.
David A., EF Gap Semester Fall '19 Harvard University '24
My gap semester made me a more confident person. With my new confidence and leadership skills, I feel more ready and mature when it comes to entering college in the fall.
Recorded on June 10, 2020, this webinar provides educators with information about gap years and the proven benefits they offer, outlines how a gap fits into the college path, and shares tips for educators who want to provide their students with all the information they need to plan for a gap and beyond.
Connect with us to discuss more how we can help your students. We can provide resources for your counseling page or office, and even schedule an informational session just for your school