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See the world and discover your passions with EF Gap Year.

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What you'll gain

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.

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.

  • Global Citizenship

    Gain language skills, experience new cultures, and expand your horizons.

  • Self-Discovery

    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. But all will provide the tools and opportunities you need to decide who you’re going to be in this world.

  • Immersion Tours

    Dive into your gap experience with action-packed tours of Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

  • 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.

  • Service Learning

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

  • 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.

  • EF Leadership Academy

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

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.

Let's connect

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.

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