The Explorer

12 weeks: Language study in Europe and service learning in Thailand

Two worlds, one semester

The Explorer is ideal for the traveler who is passionate about languages, culture, and social impact. You’ll return home with a deeper understanding of the world and your place in it.

You’ll spend the first part of your semester touring Europe and living in the heart of a European city. Your journey will then take you to Thailand for a radically different experience. From the bustling night markets of Bangkok to the elephant sanctuaries of Chiang Mai, you’ll explore the Land of Smiles and learn how its citizens are paving the way for a brighter future.

Program Highlights
  • European Immersion: Embark on a guided tour of London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Barcelona with your cohort.
  • Language Study: Study Spanish, French, Italian, or German at an EF Language Campus. You’ll live with a local host and have plenty of free time to explore the city on your own.
  • Service Learning: Explore Thailand and see the country’s sustainable development goals in action through hands-on projects and cultural immersion.
  • EF Leadership Academy: Reflect on what you’ve learned, and hone your leadership skills through workshops and activities.

Program Itinerary

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.

Gap Semester 12 Weeks

European Immersion

2 Weeks Europe European Immersion

Every EF Gap Semester program kicks off with a guided, culturally immersive tour of four iconic European cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona. Bond with your cohort as you explore these cities and make lifelong memories together.

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Language Study (Customizable)

4 Weeks Nice, Barcelona, Rome, or Berlin Language Study

Study a language at an EF Language School located in the heart of a city where the language is spoken. Accelerate your learning by interacting with locals outside of class.

Languages offered: French in Nice, Spanish in Barcelona, Italian in Rome, German in Berlin

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Service Learning

4 Weeks Thailand Service Learning

Learn about the landscape of sustainable development in Thailand and collaborate with local social enterprises in furthering community goals: such as elephant conservation, youth outreach, and rural development.

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EF Leadership Academy

1 Week London EF Leadership Academy

Our gap semester programs culminate with a transformative series of workshops and seminars led by experts in business and international relations. Reunite with the rest of your cohort to reflect on your gap, develop a post-gap plan for success in college and your career, and say goodbye to everyone during a gala farewell banquet and awards ceremony.

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Program Fee

Tuition for this 12-week program is $18,500, and scholarships are available. Tuition includes:

  • Airfare & Transportation

    Round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop in your itinerary

  • Room & Board

    Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Activities & Service Projects

    Guided excursions and service opportunities with partner organizations

  • Language Instruction

    Tuition for 4-week course at EF's accredited language school

  • Global Support Network

    One-on-one mentorship and 24/7 travel support before and during your program

Explore our Language Destinations

Choose where to learn a language. EF Language Campuses are located at the heart of these world-class cities.

Nice, France

This sun-soaked, cultural gem of the French Riviera combines old-world grandeur and lively street life.

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Barcelona, Spain

This seaside city will sweep you off your feet with its world-famous dining, architecture, and energetic culture.

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Rome, Italy

Italy’s mesmerizing capital city teems with historical ruins, mega-famous art, and bustling street life.

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Berlin, Germany

Lose yourself in the culture and art of this trendy, diverse European capital city.

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Get to know Thailand

Take your time in Thailand so you can soak up the succulent street food, ancient ruins, ultramodern cities, and sustainable agrarian communities. On your gap, you’ll work with local NGOs and community members to conserve its precious natural environment, join sustainable community development efforts, and help care for elephants.

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Risk-free cancellation means you can book with confidence.

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.

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