In the face of big life decisions ahead, the most precious resource we have is time: time to grow, to explore, and to figure out what we’re really working towards before taking on our futures. Taking a gap is not an alternative to college. It’s about preparing yourself to make the most of college—and in many ways, the rest of your life.
Confidence & Independence
Get out of your comfort zone and discover what you're capable of.
Gain language skills, experience new cultures, and expand your horizons.
Understand how to leverage your strengths and begin to define your life path.
Real Life Skills
Learn how to live and travel on your own and build skills that will help you later in life.
What you'll experience
Every EF Gap program is comprised of different program modules: some give you the ability to customize your destination, while others are fixed. Each module will provide you with the tools and opportunities you need to decide who you’re going to be in this world.
Experience the world from the expert, local perspective of your EF Tour Director—your travel sidekick from arrival to departure.
Language & Culture
Live like a local while taking on an immersive language course in the city of your choice. Study Spanish, Italian, French, German, Korean, or Japanese.
Service & Sustainability
Be a force for good in the world and explore ways to make a real, hands on impact alongside communities in Latin America and Asia.
Business & Internships
Level up your resume with real-world experience at an international company while living independently in the global city of Stockholm, Sweden.
Three program lengths
Choose how long you want to travel. With year, semester, and short-term programs, there's an EF Gap experience for everyone.
Taking a gap year before or during college is an incredibly worthwhile experience; it can also be a complex decision. Complete the form below and one of our EF Gap Year Consultants will be in touch to help find the perfect program for you. For U.S. students 18–22.