EF Gap Year Program

The ultimate global, customizable gap year

Lay the groundwork for a fulfilled life.

Venture far outside your comfort zone and discover your place in the world on an EF Gap Year. You’ll experience three destinations of your choice in depth through language immersion, service learning, and an internship abroad.

At the end of it all, you’ll return home with a passport filled with stamps, lifelong memories, and a renewed sense of direction in life.

Note: Due to high demand, spots are filling up for our 2021–2022 EF Gap Year program. Some destinations are already full. We recommend enrolling as soon as possible to secure your spot!

2021-2022 Program Itinerary

Term 1 September - December

European Immersion

2 Weeks Europe European Immersion

Start your EF Gap Year by getting to know four incredible European cities from an insider’s perspective: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona. Gain cultural literacy and check iconic destinations off of your bucket list.

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Language Study

6 Weeks Custom Language Study

Take an immersive language course at a fully-accredited EF Language School in the city of your choice. Study Spanish, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Korean, or Japanese.

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Service Learning

6 Weeks Custom Service Learning

Collaborate with local social enterprises to support community efforts in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Tanzania, or Thailand. Be a force for good in the world and explore ways to make a real social impact.

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Term 2 January - April

Australia & New Zealand Immersion

3 Weeks Australia & New Zealand Australia / New Zealand Immersion

Set off on the ultimate road trip in the middle of your gap year: a three-week immersion Down Under. This three-week adventure is a perfect balance of action and free time.

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6 Weeks Custom Internship

Experience 9 to 5 working life and live independently in the global city of your choice. You’ll be placed with a respected organization and mentored by professionals in your host city.

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EF Leadership Academy

5 Days London EF Leadership Academy

Reunite with your cohort to attend a transformative series of reflection, workshops, seminars, and simulations led by experts in business and international relations.

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Wrap Up

2 Days London

Evaluate all your experiences, develop a post-gap plan for success in college and your career, and say goodbye to your cohort during a gala farewell banquet and awards ceremony.

Fall 2021 Deadlines

Want to join our 2021-2022 EF Gap Year program this fall? Below are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • Application deadline: April 15, 2021
  • Enrollment deadline: May 15, 2021

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and we recommend applying as soon as possible to maximize your chances of securing your top-choice destinations.

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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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