Program Guide:

The Pathfinder

September 8 - November 17, 2023


Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to availability and local conditions at the time of departure.

Days 1-4: Boston, USA

Day 1: Friday, September 8
Arrive at Orientation

Say your goodbyes and hit the road for your first step in your journey! After departing your home airport, you’ll arrive in Boston, Massachusetts, where you’ll be greeted by EF staff at the airport. In the evening, have a dinner with your cohort and start getting to know your fellow travelers and the staff that will be with you during your Gap Semester.
Meals included: Lunch for students arriving in Boston early in the day. Dinner for all students.

Day 2: Saturday, September 9

Get to know your cohort more deeply through activities and exploration in Boston. In the morning, you’ll head to EF’s North American Headquarters for a morning of activities, workshops, and sessions to prepare you for departure. In the afternoon, head to Boda Borg, a one-of-a-kind group experience that will get you working with your team to solve challenges.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/All

Day 3: Sunday, September 10
In the morning, head to the EF Office, where you’ll have the chance to meet some EF Gap Alumni and get their tips & tricks for making the most of your experience on the road. In the afternoon, head out with your Tour Directors to explore Boston’s iconic North End area. Explore Faneuil Hall and maybe grab a cannoli!
Meals included: All

Day 4: Monday, September 11
Free Day & Flight to Iceland
Flex the freedom that you’re going to have during your program by having a free day to explore Boston on your own. Your EF Tour Directors will also have some optional activities you can join with them — something that will also happen throughout your program. In the evening, you’ll regroup and head to the airport to board your flight to Reykjavik.

Days 5-14: Iceland

*Note that Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable! Some of these activities may need to be rearranged on short notice due to weather conditions.*

Day 5: Tuesday, September 12
Explore Reykjavik

Land in Iceland and get that passport stamped! A private coach and local tour guide will be waiting for your group at Keflavik airport. From there, you’ll head to Viking World, an interesting exhibit about Vikings and their discovery of North America. You’ll also have a healthy Icelandic style breakfast at the exhibit’s restaurant. After breakfast, head into Reykjavik, where you’ll take a sightseeing tour from one end of the city to the other. You’ll see the old town center, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbor, and the Pearl. You’ll also see Reykjavik’s largest outdoor swimming pool and Hallgrimskirkja Church, one of the city’s landmarks. Have a welcome dinner with the group to end the day.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Wednesday, September 13
Heading North
Today your group will travel from Reykjavik via Hvalfjördur tunnel and then onwards through Borgarnes. You will drive to Deildartunguhver Thermal Springsand the picturesque falls of Hraunfossar. From here, you will head to the North of Iceland. Continue to the beautiful and historical Skagafjörður district. Head onwards to Akureyri, the capital of the North. Have a brief sightseeing tour of the town before checking in at your accommodation on the other side of Eyjafjörður Fjord.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Thursday, September 14
Lake Mývatn
Drive eastwards to Lake Mývatn. On the way, your group will stop at the scenic Goðafoss waterfall, where the legend says the ancient Nordic gods Óðinn and Þór still watch over the country’s well-being.  The magnificent surrounding landscape has many interesting geological and volcanic features. You will visit pseudo-craters, solfataras with boiling sulphuric mud-pools, a lava-labyrinth where strange lava formations provide shelter for an unexpectedly rich vegetation, and Grjótagjá, a fissure which once was the public bathing place of the area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Day 8: Friday, September 15
Whale Watching & Iceland’s Fishing Industry
Start the day by driving directly to Hauganes town, about 30 minutes away from Akureyri. Start with a whale watching boat tour from Hauganes. After this fantastic experience, there is a short walk over to Ektafiskur for an introduction to this family-owned fish processing company. Your group will learn about the family’s history and daily work life, and you’ll see a demonstration of how to fillet fish. You’ll also get a little taste of the company’s products. Continue your fish adventure to the pretty fishing village of Siglufjörður via Dalvík and Ólafsfjörður villages. Visit the Herring-Era Maritime Museum here at the closest spot you will get during this tour to the Arctic Circle. You will get an introduction of the museum by a representative of this award-winning museum.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Day 9: Saturday, September 16
Oceanography in Iceland
Drive from your accommodation for a STEM learning visit in Akureyri. The lecture is by the Fish and Ocean Research Center in cooperation with the University of Akureyri. Your group will learn about the ocean around Iceland, fishing controls and systems in Iceland, and the effects of global warming on Iceland and its fish industry. You’ll also have the option to hike in Grabrok Crater.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Day 10: Sunday, September 17
Free Day in Reykjavik
Enjoy free time to explore Reykjavik on your own!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Monday, September 18
Free Day in Reykjavik
Enjoy free time to explore Reykjavik on your own!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Tuesday, September 19
South Shore
Today you will make an early start and head out of Reykjavik and drive along the south coast to the area. If the skies are clear, you’ll have a view of two famous volcanoes; beautiful Mt. Hekla is Iceland’s most frequently erupting volcano (last eruption in year 2000. The other one is Eyjafjallajökull which is probably the most famous volcano in the world today; its 2010 eruption halted international air traffic.) The first stop will be at Lava Center in Hvolsvöllur, which is an interactive exhibition that will give you an insight into Iceland’s geology and its volcanic systems. You will also watch a 20-minute video with impressive shots of past eruptions and volcanic activity. You will also be able to visit two waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Continue past Dyrhólaey arch to the village of Vík, where you’ll have a chance to view unique black sand beaches, a puffin colony and the troll-like Reynisdrangar rocks. Return to Reykjavik at the end of the day.
Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 13: Wednesday, September 20
Golden Circle & Ljosafoss Power Plants
Travel to Þingvellir and walk through the geological fault known as Almannagjá.  This canyon is where Europe’s oldest national legislative assembly, the Icelandic Althing, was established in the year 930AD.  It met in these grandiose surroundings every summer for nearly eight centuries. After your walk in Þingvellir, the tour continues over the Lyngdalsheiði heath into the fertile farmlands of the south to visit the country’s most beautiful waterfall, Gullfoss.  You’ll also stop at the nearby Geysir geothermal area with its multitude of hot springs. Strokkur, the most active geyser here, spouts every few minutes. Visit an interesting tomato greenhouse farm and horse ranch, Friðheimar, which is powered by pollution-free geothermal and hydroelectric energy. You will get an introduction as well as an opportunity to cuddle some the farm’s horses during a stable visit, followed by a short demonstration of the Icelandic horse breed’s unique 5 gaits. Visit Ljósafoss Hydro Power Plant and its exhibition in Grímsnes en route today.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 14: Thursday, September 21
Blue Lagoon
Start the day by driving directly to Hellisheiði Power Plant, where you’ll learn how geothermal activity provides hot water and power to the Reykjavík area. From Hellisheidi Power Plant we will drive along Reykjanes Peninsula where the volcanic eruption took place in 2021 and 2022. Then Continue to the fishing town of Grindavík, home of the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a fun and relaxing visit to the amazing lagoon and learn about its unique history. En route back to Reykjavik you will drive to Hafnarfjörður town, to the Álftanes Peninsula and get a glimpse of Bessastaðir (the residence of Iceland’s president). Return to Reykjavik and have a group dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner


Days 15-25: London, UK

Day 15: Friday, September 22
Fly to London
Depart Reykjavik for London!
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 16: Saturday, September 23
Explore London
Take a walking tour of London to see some of London’s most iconic sights, like Big Ben and the Parliament. Get your Oyster card and learn how to navigate London’s amazing public transportation system, from the underground to the famous red double-decker buses.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17: Sunday, September 24
Hult Business Challenge
Think you have what it takes to succeed in the business world? Put your brain to the test as you work in teams to solve a real-business challenge at Hult International Business School alongside some of Hult’s amazing faculty.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18: Monday, September 25
Visit with Founder of an Innovative Business
Visit a business in London where you’ll learn about the process of starting a company and running a successful business. The exact company will be set closer to the departure date, but as an example, past groups have visited the company Pavegen, an innovative business building sustainable energy solutions with its award-winning technology that uses foot traffic to generate energy. They met with Founder & CEO Laurence Kemball-Cook to hear his story of building a successful and sustainable business, and they spent time at Pavegen’s headquarters, where saw their technology at work!
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 19: Tuesday, September 26
Free Day
There isn’t anything on the schedule today – this is one of your many free days on your program to make your experience your own. It’s up to you to make the most of your time in London based on your own passions and interests! London has many free museums, and it’s a great place to try lots of international cuisine if you are more of a “foodie”. You’ll have a metro pass that works throughout your stay so its easy to get around. Your Tour Director may also suggest optional excursions that they can book for interested students.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 20: Wednesday, September 27
Visit the Churchill War Rooms
Visit the Churchill War Rooms, where World War II history comes to life. These rooms were the center of Britain’s war effort. 
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 21: Thursday, September 28
Q&A with a Registered Nurse about Healthcare in the UK
Learn about the nursing profession from a Registered Nurse. Hear about the differences between the health services in the US and the UK. 
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 22: Friday, September 29
History of Medicine in the UK
Visit a museum to learn about the history of medicine in London.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 23: Saturday, September 30
Free day in London
Enjoy a free day to explore London on your own.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 24: Sunday, October 1
Free day in London
Enjoy a free day to explore London on your own.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 25: Monday, October 2
Free day in London
Enjoy a free day to explore London on your own. Have a farewell dinner with your group in the evening.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Days 26-38: France

Day 26: Tuesday, October 3
Travel to Portsmouth and Ferry to Caen

Travel from London to Portsmouth, where you’ll take a ferry across the Channel to enter France and stay in the region of Caen, in France’s Normandy region.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 27: Wednesday, October 4
Caen Memorial and Normandy Beaches

Learn about Normandy’s unique WWII history with a local guide by visiting the Caen Memorial and Normandy Beaches, where D-Day took place.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 28: Thursday, October 5
Visit to Mont St. Michel

With a local guide, spend a day at the stunning Mont St. Michel, an island topped by a beautiful abbey. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a big pilgrimage site to this day. Soak up its beauty & history and explore!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 29: Friday, October 6
Bus to Paris

Transfer from Normandy to Paris, with a stop in the town of Rouen if time and weather allows.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 30: Saturday, October 7
Explore Paris

Take a guided tour of Paris to see some of the city’s iconic sights. Get that perfect selfie with the Eiffel Tower, and learn how to use Paris’s public transportation system.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 31: Sunday, October 8
Free day in Paris

Enjoy a free day in Paris.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 32: Monday, October 9
The Louvre 

Explore one of France’s (and the world’s) most incredible art museums. See the Mona Lisa — and so much more — at the Louvre.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 33: Tuesday, October 10
Painting workshop and visit to L’Orangerie
Visit Monet’s Giverny, where Monet the place that inspired his iconic paintings. Do a painting workshop in Montmartre to flex your own Impressionist skills!
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 34: Wednesday, October 11
Visit and Q&A with a Fashion Designer
Visit with a local fashion designer to learn about the fashion industry. Past groups have visited with the founder and owner of Cerceau, a boutique focused on upcycling and sustainability in the fashion industry. Learn about her process, inspiration, and career journey! Check out Cerceau on Instagram @cerceauparis.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 35: Thursday, October 12
Architecture Walking Tour of Paris

Paris’s architecture is some of the most beautiful and inspirational for architects across the globe. Take a walking tour of the 16th District of Paris to get a better understanding of Paris’s unique Art Nouveau and Art Déco styles.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 36: Friday, October 13
Visit to Versailles

Put on your powdered wig and embrace your inner Marie Antoinette! Explore this luxurious and (in)famous palace, once home to French royals.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 37: Saturday, October 14
Free day in Paris

Enjoy a free day in Paris.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 38: Sunday, October 15
Free day in Paris

Enjoy a free day in Paris. Have a group dinner on your last night in France!
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Days 39-53: Germany & Switzerland

Day 39: Monday, October 16
Fly to Berlin

Bid adieu to Paris and say hallo to Berlin!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 40: Tuesday, October 17
Explore Berlin

See the sights of Berlin and learn about its important role during the 20th century. Learn how to use Berlin’s (very efficient!) public transportation system.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 41: Wednesday, October 18
Urban Sustainable Development

Germany is a world leader in urban sustainability. Visit an organization who is doing work in this field and get a better understanding of how Berlin is tackling sustainability.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 42: Thursday, October 19
Visit to an Urban Farm

As a leader in urban sustainability, Germany has invested a lot into developing the infrastructure for urban farms. Visit one yourself and learn about how urban farms play an important role in food security.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 43: Friday, October 20
Visit to an Innovative Business

Berlin is an incubator for small businesses and is a hub for start-ups within Europe. Visit a business and learn about what it takes to start and run a start-up.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 44: Saturday, October 21
Free day in Berlin

Explore Berlin on your own!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 45: Sunday, October 22
Free day in Berlin

Explore Berlin on your own!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 46: Monday, October 23
Cold War Bunker Tour

As one of the centers of the Cold War, Berlin has a fascinating history. Visit a Cold War Bunker to see that history come to life.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 47: Tuesday, October 24
Drive to Munich

Head out of Berlin and into southeastern Germany — an entirely different cultural experience within the same country!
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 48: Wednesday, October 25
Explore Munich

See the sights of Munich, including the extraordinary Nymphenburg Palace.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 49: Thursday, October 26
Visit to Dachau

Visiting the former concentration camp Dachau is an intense experience. You will learn about this dark chapter in world history through seeing it yourself.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 50: Friday, October 27
Free day in Munich

Explore Munich on your own!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 51: Saturday, October 28
Travel from Munich to Lucerne

Cross the border between Germany and Switzerland, taking in the Alps as you go!
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 52: Sunday, October 29
Excursion to Mt. Rigi

Travel by boat and by cable car to reach the top of Mt. Rigi — a truly astonishing spot to take in the wonders of the Alps!
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 53: Monday, October 30
Free day in Lucerne

Explore Lucerne on your own!
Meals included: Breakfast

Days 54-71: Italy

Day 54: Tuesday, October 31
Travel to Milan

Cross the border from Switzerland into Northern Italy.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 55: Wednesday, November 1
Fashion Walking Tour in Milan

Milan is a hub for the global fashion industry. Take a guided tour of the city to see both the global luxury brands as well as the smaller boutiques and shops that make Milan a fashion mecca.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 56: Thursday, November 2
Free day in Milan

Put on your most fashionable outfit and explore Milan on your own!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 57: Friday, November 3
Free Day in Milan

Explore Milan on your own, or take a day trip to Venice or other nearby spots!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 58: Saturday, November 4
Bologna, Parmesan, and Balsamic Vinegar

Italy is known across the globe for its food culture. Visit a factory where parmesan cheese is made, and learn about the different steps that go into making this cheese so beloved across the world. You’ll gain a new appreciation for the parmesan on top of your pasta! You’ll also stop at a balsamic vinegar processing facility in Modena, where you’ll learn about what goes into making this staple food item. Arrive in Bologna in the evening.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 59: Sunday, November 5
Bologna’s University Quarter and FICO World Eataly

Bologna is one of the most amazing student cities in the world. Visit its university — the oldest in the world — and spend time understanding how the city has grown around the university. You’ll also continue your food journey by going to FICO World Eataly, where you’ll explore different types of food from different regions of Italy.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 60: Monday, November 6
Free Day

Enjoy a free day to explore Bologna.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 61: Tuesday, November 7
Travel to Florence

Travel by bus from Bologna to Florence.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 62: Wednesday, November 8
Walking Tour of Florence

Take in the sights in Florence, learning about its history, culture, and cuisine!
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 63: Thursday, November 9
Free Day

Enjoy a free day in Florence.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 64: Friday, November 10
Travel to Rome

Travel from Florence to Rome.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 65: Saturday, November 11
Visit the Vatican
The Vatican is a spot where history, religion, power, and politics combine. Tour the incredible archives, and see Michelangelo’s ceiling.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 66: Sunday, November 12
Cooking Class

Get your hands dirty cooking some Italian classics! Learn some culinary skills you can take home with you to impress your friends and family.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (cook it in your cooking class!) & Dinner

Day 67: Monday, November 13
Visit to the Colosseum

See one of Rome’s biggest and most historic sites — the Colosseum!
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 68: Tuesday, November 14

Spend some time with your Tour Director, Student Life Coordinator, and cohort reflecting on all that you’ve been through this semester. Reflect and think about what you’re bringing with you to your next steps.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 69: Wednesday, November 15

Spend some time with your Tour Director, Student Life Coordinator, and cohort reflecting on all that you’ve been through this semester. Reflect and think about what you’re bringing with you to your next steps.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 70: Thursday, November 16
Free Day in Rome

Enjoy one last free day to explore Rome, spend time with your friends, and buy any last-minute souvenirs to take home with you. Have a final closing dinner with your group.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 71: Friday, November 17
Fly home

Say your goodbyes and head to the airport to fly home.
Meals included: Breakfast

Tips on making the most of your trip


You will be responsible for carrying your luggage on-program; you will be on the move constantly and may not find elevators at every accommodation, so make it easy on yourself and don’t pack more than you need.
You will experience an assortment of activities, climates, and excursions, and it’s important to pack according to your itinerary. The most important thing to bring is comfortable walking shoes. Additionally “athleisure” is not super common in Europe, so we suggest assembling a capsule wardrobe; we also ask you prepare to be visiting places–such as cathedrals–that require modest clothing (knees and shoulders covered).

Whatever your personal spending habits are, it’s important to anticipate your expenses and budget accordingly so that you can travel care-free with more time to enjoy participating in your program. While many meals and activities are included during your EF Gap program, we want to help you build a realistic budget for additional expenses so that you can fully enjoy trying the local cuisine, participating in activities in your free time, and, of course, shopping for souvenirs to bring back home.

Packing list

– T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts (4)
– Nicer shirts/blouses (2-3)
– Pants/jeans/skirts/dresses (4-5)
– Socks & underwear (pack for 2 weeks)
– Warmer layers like thermal underwear (2)
– Pajamas
– Bathing suit(s) (1-2)
– Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
– Gloves
– Winter coat – it will be cold!
– Raincoat/windbreaker
– Hiking boots


– Reusable water bottle
– Sunglasses
– Hat for warmth (like a beanie)
– Packing cubes (optional)
– Cross-body bag, travel/money belt, or fanny pack
– Travel umbrella
– Headphones
– Camera, memory card, charging cables
– Universal plug adapter
– Portable charger
– Travel lock for luggage and belongings
– Laundry bag


Note: You do not need to bring enough toiletries to last your entire program. You will be able to buy things like shampoo, conditioner, and other pharmacy items while you’re in Europe. To save space and weight, try to minimize the amount of full-size items you bring with you.

– Toothbrush / toothpaste
– Deodorant
– Body wash/soap
– Shampoo / conditioner
– Hairbrush
– Sunscreen
– Over-the-counter medication (for colds & fevers, headaches, stomachaches, and motion sickness)
– Wet wipes
– Stain Remover stick / detergent packs or multi-use soap like Dr. Bronner’s
– Contact lenses / solution / eye glasses
– Menstrual products (it may be difficult to find your preferred products in Europe, so we recommend taking enough for your entire trip if you prefer specific products)


– Passport
Pro tip: bring a photo copy as well

– Copy of your flight itinerary
Found in your EF Gap Year portal

– Copy of your itinerary and accommodations
Found in your EF Gap Year portal

– COVID-19 documents:
CDC vaccination card  and Negative COVID-19 test result

– Copy of any prescriptions

– Primary Health Insurance card from the U.S.


– Backpack
This is your carry-on! It can also double as your daily bag while abroad.

– Wallet
Bring your debit or ATM card so you can withdraw cash, as well as your credit card, ID, and student ID if you have one (discounts!)

For prescriptions, make sure it is in original container and bring enough of a supply to last your program.

– COVID-19 CDC vaccination card
Or, a negative COVID test result if applicable.

– Entertainment!
Books, downloaded Netflix streams and Spotify playlists, magazines, travel journal, deck of cards, etc.

– Passport
– Reusable water bottle
– Neck pillow / eye mask / ear plugs
– Toothbrush / toothpaste
– Contact lenses / solution / eyeglasses

Budgeting guide

We don’t recommend traveling with large sums of cash. You may want to convert a small amount money to the currency of your first destination. From there, you’ll be able to access local currency by using your debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM.

Be sure to check with your bank ahead of time and, if necessary, provide a travel notice so they don’t block the card for suspected fraud. Also ask them about any foreign transaction fees that might apply, as these can add up quickly. Apple Pay is another great option that past students have used during their time on-program.

  • Iceland’s currency is the Icelandic krona
  • England’s currency is the Great British pound
  • France, Germany, and Italy’s currency is the euro
  • Switzerland’s currency is the Swiss franc

Your program will provide a meal to start your day, while also allowing you the opportunity to immerse yourself in new cultures and places as you dine on local foods during the day. Prices vary slightly by country, but in Western Europe, cheaper meals can cost between €10-€15. On average, a restaurant will cost about €15- €25, with nicer restaurants rising to €30 and above.

Given the percentage of meals included, expect to budget around €40 per day for meals. You may find that you go above or below this on any given day based on the differing prices of a country, or your own personal preferences, but this is a good average to stick with.

  • We recommend budgeting around €40 per day for food.
  • All breakfasts will be included
  • Lunches are on your own
  • About half of your dinners will be included

We recommend budgeting up to $50 a week for extra costs. This could mean putting money aside for things like:

  • Additional items of clothing
  • Emergencies
  • Extra toiletries
  • Souvenirs
  • Laundry (This can vary in cost based on where you are. To save money, we suggest bringing a small bottle of condensed soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s, that you can use to wash your clothes in the sink.)

Optional activities or excursions:
Throughout your trip, your Tour Director may find opportunities for additional excursions and activities; typically, these experiences can cost anywhere from €10-€50, and there may be one or two opportunities like this each week.


You have a card for public transportation included for you for all major cities that you stay in during your program. Your Tour Director will hand this card out to you when you arrive in a new city. Public transportation — including buses, metros, trams, ferries, and more — is often the most cost-effective and the most efficient way to get around European cities. Your Tour Director will help you understand the basics of the public transportation in each city you visit.

Access to and costs for cabs and other ride services can vary. Cabs or ride shares can cost anywhere between €10 to €40 (or even higher for a long distance or during a peak time), depending on your distance, location, and time of request. On average in most cities you will be in, a cab or ride share will cost around €20–€25.

Packing tips

Making the most of your program

To make the most of your time during your program, this section gives some helpful context and reflection questions. These questions are great ones to think about on your own, to journal about, or to discuss with a friend or in a small group. Make the most of your time during your program by spending a little bit of time each day—even as little as 5 or 10 minutes—doing conscious reflection!

Personal Development & Growth Mindset

As you go through this program, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and what you are capable of. You will face challenges you’ve never faced before, and you’ll learn how to overcome these challenges in your own unique ways. Here are some questions to consider before, during, and after you go through the program:

  • What goals do I have for my own personal development? What tangible steps do I want to take to achieve them?
  • Who is my support group — on program or at home — who I know will always cheer me on to succeed?
  • What things am I doing get outside my comfort zone? And how is my comfort zone expanding as I try new things?
  • What parts of the program are particularly challenging for me? Why are they challenging for me?
  • What is one thing I’ve done so far on this program that I never imagined I could do?
  • How do I communicate with others around me about my needs and boundaries?
  • What strategies do I use to cope with stress?
Country-by-Country Reflections

As you travel throughout Europe, you are going to see other cultures, societies, environments, histories, economies, geographies, languages, and peoples that you’ve never seen before. These experiences can propel you to better understand who you are in the world and what you want your life to look like — whether that be figuring out your certain career path, understanding what type of urban environment you want to live in, or gaining a better connection to a certain period in history. These questions can help you think through some of the places you will visit, and they are great ones to discuss with a friend or a small group.


  • What can you learn from Iceland’s approach to sustainability — both in your personal life and in the way other countries deal with issues of sustainability?
  • What is unique about Iceland’s approach to fisheries and aquaculture? What did you learn about this industry?
  • What is your relationship with colder, Northern climates? Could you see yourself living in an environment like Iceland?
  • How was spending free time in Reykjavik? What did you like about the city, and what did you not like so much?


  • During the business challenge at Hult, what did you learn about your own abilities to work with a team to solve a challenge? Do you think the business world is for you?
  • How did you spend your free time in London? What types of activities do you gravitate towards when you have that freedom?
  • What did you learn about the history of medicine? Is that a career path that you would be interested in pursuing?


  • Paris is a city that lives large in the cultural consciousness of Americans. How did Paris differ from what you expected?
  • What inspiration did you get from understanding the art, architecture, and fashion of Paris?
  • What did you learn about World War II history as you went to Normandy? How does that history continue to impact us today?

Germany & Switzerland:

  • After visiting an innovative business, how are you thinking about the role of technology in the world? Has your view been impacted by your experiences on program?
  • Berlin is a major hub for expats in a growing start-up sector.  Would you like to live as an expat in a city like Berlin? Why or why not?
  • What emotions did your visit to Dachau bring up? How can a better understanding of historical tragedies help the world not repeat the same mistakes?
  • What differences do you notice between Berlin and Munich — and between Germany and Switzerland?


  • What are your reflections on the fashion industry in Milan after being there yourself? Was there anything that inspired you to look more into this field?
  • What did you learn about the way goods like parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar are produced? How will you think differently about these items next time you see them in a grocery store in the US? What goes into creating a successful global brand, as Parma has done with parmesan cheese?
  • It is easy to think of ancient history as something far removed from modern life. Yet the Colosseum — and other remnants of ancient Rome — are part of the cityscape of modern day Rome. What is it like to be in a city where this history is so present? How do the ancient and modern fit together?
Social Identity Resources

Travel provides incredible opportunities to learn about yourself, the world, and yourself in the world. But travel is also a deeply emotional experience that can bring different challenges to every individual based on the identities they hold and experiences they’ve had.

This resource is intended to help you think about how your intersecting identities can, and will, shape your experience as an EF student. Take some time to review our Social Identity Resources to hear different perspectives, learn about identity-specific resources, and prepare with helpful tips before you go abroad.

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