EF Gap Semester Programs

Spend 12 weeks living in different parts of the world.

Please note: We are still enrolling for Spring Semester 2021, which will depart on March 27, 2021. Moving forward, this program will depart only in September and January. For more information visit our Travel Advisory page or contact us.

The Discoverer
Language study & internship in Europe

Spend a semester in Europe gaining language fluency, international business experience, and newfound confidence and independence. Throughout your semester, you’ll enjoy a balance of structured activities and free time to explore on your own—with other world-class destinations just a hop, skip, or high-speed rail train ride away.

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The Adventurer
Spanish in Costa Rica & service learning in Peru

The Adventurer is the right fit for the traveler who is passionate about outdoor adventure and sustainability, and is interested in elevating their Spanish—all levels welcome. In just one semester you’ll level up your language skills in Costa Rica then expand your service learning mindset in Peru.

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The Explorer
Language study in Europe & service learning in Thailand

The Explorer is ideal for the traveler who is passionate about languages, culture, and social impact. Spend the first part of your semester living in the heart of a European city. Next, fly to Thailand for a radically different experience. From the bustling night markets of Bangkok to the elephant sanctuaries of Chiang Mai, explore the Land of Smiles and learn how its citizens are paving the way for a brighter future.

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The Globetrotter
Service learning in Thailand & internship in Sydney, Australia

The Globetrotter is perfect for the open-minded culture-seeker looking to maximize their gap semester. After an immersive two-week tour of Europe’s most iconic cities, you’ll move on to Thailand, where you’ll support and collaborate with local social enterprises and established NGOs. From there, you’ll close out your global gap experience with a professional internship down under in Sydney, Australia.

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The Voyager
Service learning in Thailand and language study in Japan

Have you ever taken care of an elephant? Or eaten sushi straight out of a fish market? The Voyager is guaranteed to expand your mind, palate, and perspective. Explore Thai culture and social entrepreneurship and roll up your sleeves to work on service projects. Next, fly to Tokyo for an immersive Japanese language course, where you’ll put your new skills to the test by exploring the futuristic city and soaking up its legendary food, fashion, and anime scene.

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Explore the building blocks of our program

Every EF Gap Semester is comprised of different program modules. Learn more about the learning outcomes and programming for each one.

  • European Immersion

    Every EF Gap Year and Semester kicks off with a two-week guided tour of Europe. You'll visit London, Amsterdam, Paris, and finish in Barcelona.

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  • Language Study

    Take an immersive language course in the city of your choice. Study Spanish, Italian, French, German, Mandarin, Korean, or Japanese. Available as part of any program.

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  • Service Learning

    Collaborate with local social enterprises to support community efforts in Latin America, Africa, or Asia. Available as part of any program.

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  • Internship

    Live and intern in your choice of international cities and experience 9 to 5 working life. Available as part of EF Gap Year and Semester.

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  • EF Leadership Academy

    All EF Gap programs culminate in a week of reflection, workshops, and seminars led by experts in business and international relations.

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