EF Leadership Academy

We firmly believe that today’s gap students are tomorrow’s leaders. So for your final module, we’ve designed an unforgettable series of seminars and workshops—EF Leadership Academy—to give you an amazing head start. Not only will completion of this module enable you to take on more leadership roles at college, but it’ll help you enter the work force with the confidence you need to succeed.

EF Gap Year - Orientation - Leadership - Ashridge

Leadership immersion at Ashridge

Your EF Gap cohort once again gathers at Hult Ashridge outside London, one of the world’s premier centers for leadership training. Here you’ll attend an intensive series of lectures, discussions, and group activities to build your leadership presence. Professional moderators will lead you though a carefully designed syllabus of skills to enhance your natural talents and compensate for your blind spots and weaknesses.

EF Gap Year - Program Guide - Leadership -

What you’ll learn

Over the course of an intensive week of seminars and lectures, you’ll learn the secrets of effective teams. You’ll also engage in fun adventure activities and trust-building exercises that put your new-found leadership and teamwork skills to the test. You’ll come away from the experience much more self-confident and self-aware, and ready to lead any team to success. You’ll also possess a certificate of completion highlighting the skills you’ve developed.

EF Academy - Leadership - Ireland & Scotland

Farewell tour of Ireland and Scotland

If you are an EF Gap Year student, your cohort continues to discuss team-building and cross-cultural awareness as you take to the road for a farewell tour. First stop: Ireland, for a visit to bustling Dublin and the emerald rolling hills of County Kerry. Then it’s on to Scotland for an exploration of Royal Edinburgh followed by a breathtaking drive through the Scottish Highlands and Yorkshire Moors. Your tour ends in London, for a final week of program wrap-up.

The global leadership skills you’ll learn


Cross-cultural awareness

Overcoming cultural differences and language barriers for effective communication


Team building

Choosing the right collaborators to enhance your strengths and minimize your weaknesses


Leadership & mentorship

Knowing when to take charge and set standards and when to step back and let others to shine


Public speaking & presentations

Crafting succinct presentations and delivering them in compelling ways


Self-assessment & accountability

Understanding your limits; making agreements that don’t over-promise and under-deliver

Leadership farewell tour itinerary

EF Gap Year - Leadership - Dublin


Flight to Dublin; walking tour: guided sightseeing

Guided tour of Dublin: O’Connell Street, St. Stephen’s Green, Book of Kells at Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grafton Street, Temple Bar

EF Gap Year - Leadership - Irish Counties


Motorcoach through Irish countryside to County Kerry, stopping at Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle; Ring of Kerry

Continue on to Limerick and County Clare; Cliffs of Moher; Bunratty Castle



Ferry to Wales; motorcoach through Welsh countryside to Liverpool

EF Gap Year - Leadership - Edinburgh


Motorcoach through Lake District; arrival in Edinburgh; welcome event; walking tour; guided sightseeing

Guided tour of Edinburgh:  Edinburgh Castle, Hollyrood House, The Royal Mile, Scottish Parliament

EF Gap Year - Leadership - Scottish Highlands


Motorcoach through Highlands; Loch Ness; Stirling Castle



Motorcoach through Yorkshire Moors; guided sightseeing of York; motor through English countryside to London

Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Advisor.


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