A fully-immersive 8-week language and service program
April 9, 2021 to June 5, 2021, for ages 18-22.
Thinking about doing something different next semester? Taking time off from school doesn’t have to mean staying at home or being unproductive.
Make the most of your gap with our 8-week service and language immersion in Costa Rica. Sharpen your Spanish, make a hands-on contribution to a community and ecosystem in need, and earn college credit while you’re at it (IRL).
Module 1 Weeks 1-4
Your program kicks off with a brief orientation, where you'll meet your fellow travelers and get to know San José before heading to Tamarindo for your 4-week accredited Spanish course.
You'll live in a homestay or the school residence, and take Spanish classes at our gorgeous EF campus. Classes are typically a few hours a day, giving you plenty of time to explore and hang out with friends. Did we mention campus is just steps away from the Pacific Ocean?
Module 2 Weeks 5-8
Collaborate with local social enterprises to support community efforts and protect endangered species. Highlights include sea turtle conservation in Corcovado National Park, rain forest exploration at Manuel Antonio National Park, and English teaching and after school mentorship in San José.
Annabel H., EF Gap Year Class of 2019 Boston University
"Studying Spanish in Costa Rica was amazing! In between classes you can go in the pool or go to the beach, just so many different things. My class only had 5 people in it, so I really got one-on-one attention from my teacher, which was awesome and I ended up learning a lot more because of it.”
You could earn up to six semester hours of credit through our educational partnership with Southern New Hampshire University. Enroll in the corresponding courses at SNHU to receive credit for your participation in our program:
Language and Cultural Fluency
Civil Service in Modern Society
Tuition for this 8-week program is $12,500, and scholarships are available. Tuition includes:
Thinking about traveling in the coming year? Our flexible booking policies and risk-free cancellation options mean that you can book your gap experience with confidence. For more details, speak to one of our EF Gap Year Advisors, or see our full booking conditions here.