What is a gap? An investment in your future

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Give yourself an advantage in college

A gap year doesn’t put you a year behind.
It actually ensures your success
in college. In fact, recent studies show
gap students out-perform traditional
students (see below). Many top tier
schools, like Harvard, Stanford and
MIT, are actively encouraging the students
they accept to defer enrollment
for a year to have a gap experience.

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Return home with documented skills

An EF Gap Year allows you begin college
with language fluency, volunteer service experience, an international work internship, and proven leadership skills. Thanks to our educational partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, you can even place out of college-level classes and earn advanced credit toward graduation.

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Grow tremendously as a person

While you’re away, you’ll become more
self-confident, self-reliant, worldly,
and mature. You’ll also be a better
independent thinker, communicator
and problem-solver with a cross-cultural
understanding far surpassing that of
your friends who stayed at home!

Is a gap year right for you?

Gap students perform better in college

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Be better prepared for college

Gap year students are more enthusiastic about and better prepared for university than traditional students, according to a recent Middlebury College/UNC Chapel Hill survey.

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Earn better grades

Gap year students often earn better grades in college than traditional students. On average, their GPAs are .1 to .4 higher, according Robert Claggett, former dean of Middlebury College.

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Experience long-term benefits

Gap year students see a positive effect on their academic performance in college which appears to endure over all four years, according to Robert Claggett, former dean of Middlebury College.

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Be more socially responsible

The majority of gap students (72%) are inspired to become more active local or global volunteers, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Gap Association.

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Become a campus leader

Gap year students tend to engage more in campus life than traditional students. They also take on more leadership roles around campus, according to a recent Middlebury/UNC survey.

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Enjoy higher career satisfaction

Post-college, gap year students tend to achieve higher satisfaction in their new careers, according to a recent Haigler and Nelson survey.

Only EF prepares you for a global career

An EF Gap program can take you to over a dozen countries to explore new cultures, learn new languages, volunteer for worthwhile causes, gain international work experience, and develop your leadership skills. An EF Gap Year Advisor can explain each of these opportunities in-depth and help you to build a highly individualized gap experience to meet your personal and professional goals.

Become a citizen of the world in just 26 weeks

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EXPLORE THE WORLD THOUGH TRAVEL

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LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE BY LIVING IT

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VOLUNTEER FOR A GOOD CAUSE ABROAD

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GAIN INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE IN A WORLD CITY

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DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Only EF Gap Year offers students the ability to explore several countries in depth, learn a language, volunteer for a good cause, engage in meaningful cultural exchange, gain international work experience, and develop leadership skills. You can even earn college credit while you’re away. Best of all, EF gap year students return home with a portfolio of official certificates as proof of their global skills.

Why choose EF: We're the world leader in international education

For more than 50 years, our mission at EF Education First has been to open the world through education. Our philosophy is simple: the best way to help students gain new perspectives and build skills for the future is through experiential learning. We’ve introduced millions of people to educational travel, language learning, and cultural exchange. Though we have grown to become the world’s largest education organization, our goal remains exactly the same: Education First.

Speak with an experienced EF Gap Advisor

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