An experience that prepares you for life
The transition from high school to college is one of the most important ones we ever make. In the face of big life decisions ahead, the most precious resource we have is time: time to grow, explore, and figure out what we’re really working towards before taking on our futures.
Enter: the gap year. Rather than being an alternative to college, a gap year is about preparing yourself to make the most of college—and in many ways, the rest of your life.
1. Recent survey conducted by the American Gap Association
2. Recent Middlebury College/UNC Chapel Hill study
Earlier this year, we wrapped up our spring term. Here are some of the reflections the 2019-2020 cohort shared about why they took a gap year, how they've changed, and the friendships and memories they've made.
EF Gap Year prepares students for success in our increasingly globalized world. Our educational philosophy celebrates travel as a pathway to understanding and self-discovery, focusing on these four key outcomes. Learn more here (PDF).
Learn how to chase curiosity rather than a need for approval, value process over results, and see challenges as growth opportunities.
Gain personal skills essential for success—such as communication, teamwork, and adaptability.
Lay the foundations of adulthood, from building good habits to developing a clearer sense of self.
Acquire the intercultural skills highly sought after in today’s global economy.
Hannah S., New York EF Gap Semester Class of Spring 2019
I am immensely grateful for the travel, service, and educational opportunities that EF has provided for me. Thanks to the emphasis our mentors placed on professional development, setting realistic goals, and career trajectory, I am both well-prepared and excited to start my freshman year of college.
Annabel H., EF Gap Year Class of 2019 Boston University Class of 2023
My gap year took me out of my comfort zone so many times—and my life is better because of it. Now, as I head off to college, I am able to focus on my excitement rather than feeling nervous, because I have built so much confidence within the past year. If anyone is searching for a path to follow, a way to achieve their goals, or even just who they are, they need to take a gap year.
Sara S. EF Gap Semester Class of Fall 2019
I would recommend EF Gap Year to anyone ages 18-22 because I think those are years when your main goal should be to learn about yourself and the world. Now that I’m entering college, I feel like I have the upper hand: I feel more prepared mentally and more focused. I know what I want wholeheartedly and I’m excited to work to achieve that.