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Gap Planning Roadmap

Your Gap Roadmap


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Your journey
begins here

Step 1: Explore our programs
Get familiar with our suite of customizable, global gap itineraries — with Year, Semester, and Short-Term programs, there's an EF Gap experience for everyone.

Step 2: Attend an info session
Register for a webinar to explore our programs and learn more about how taking a gap before or during college works.

Step 3: Begin a dialogue
Start a conversation with your support network—this may be family, friends, academic advisors, school counselors, or trusted mentors—about your options and start to set goals for your unique gap experience.

Step 4: Meet your dedicated Gap Year Consultant
When you're considering a gap, these are the experts you want on your team! Your Consultant will work with you and your family to match you with the program that expands your horizon and meets your unique goals.

Your Gap Roadmap

Additional considerations

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Are you a high school student?
Connect with your college counselor to discuss your plans to travel with EF Gap Year; they'll help you prepare your college applications and discuss deferral options. You can also consult our easy-to-use College Deferral Guide for more information on how we'll work together to make it happen!

Are you a college student?
Meet with your academic advisor to understand your options; many universities require gap students request a leave of absence. Your school’s faculty can help support you throughout the decision-making process by providing logistics and resources.

Your Gap Roadmap


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Choose your

path forward

Step 1: Let's connect
Schedule a call with your Gap Year Consultant. 

Step 2: Review your custom program proposal
Look over your destinations of choice, itinerary, and modules.

Step 3: Submit your deposit
Secure your spot in the program and set up an automatic monthly payment plan.

While we practice rolling admissions, be aware that many of our programs reach capacity prior to the Standard Enrollment deadline. We encourage students to book early to ensure they secure a spot on the program of their choice

Step 4: Complete registration
Work with your Gap Year Consultant to finalize any outstanding enrollment details. 

Your Gap Roadmap


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Get ready to

take on the world

Step 1: Complete your onboarding call
…with your Gap Year Advisor; your emergency contact, main support person, and mentor throughout your EF Gap experience. 

Step 2: Check your passport
Ensure your passport has not expired and will not expire during your travels; we recommend your passport be valid for 6 months after your scheduled return. If needed, this is time to begin the process of renewing your passport.

Step 3: Attend a webinar
Participate in a predeparture webinar and an online orientation with your cohort.

Step 4: Get prepared to go abroad
Sign up for travel insurance and an international phone plan. 

Step 5: Discuss college credit options with your Advisor
EF Gap Year program students can earn up to 12 college credits; Semester and Short-Term program students can earn up to 9 credits, depending on the program.

Step 6: Finalize admissions application
Submit scholarship materials and input your information into the "My EF Gap” student portal.

Now boarding

It’s time to begin getting excited for and planning your best year yet! International adventure awaits: get inspired by chatting with a Consultant, perusing our Pinterest, reading other student stories, or tuning in to our Spotify

After completing this short form, one of our EF Gap Year Consultants will reach out to schedule a time to talk in more detail about which of our programs is right for you. For U.S. students ages 18–22.

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