Prepare for the amazing adventure ahead
Your gap experience begins with two
intensive days of orientation hosted at one of EF's largest schools of English in North America. Through an intensive series of moderated group discussion and seminars,
you’ll get all the information insights
you need to make the most out of the
Enjoy the vibe of American college campus life
When you’re not attending an orientation workshop, welcome event, or group excursion, experience campus life at this former U.S. college. Work out in the onsite gym, take a swim in the Olympic pool, or go for a run or walk through the parkland on well-marked trails. Your accommodation will be a shared room with a fellow EF gap student in one of the campus’ student residence halls. Most of your meals will be eaten in the campus dining hall.
Visit New York and explore America's largest city
During your stay, you'll get the chance to travel as group to New York City to attend special orientation events and experience all the iconic sights of America's largest and most vibrant city. Our guides will also take you off the beaten track to visit some of New York's hippest neighborhoods.
Orientation seminar topics
Setting the right expectations
Orientation discussions and breakout sessions that help you understand what to expect from the program and yourself:
- Understanding how our program works
- Setting realistic personal goals
- Navigating culture shock and homesickness
Getting the most out of your gap
Discussions and exercises that help you set academic, career, and personal goals and then create an action plan for how you will achieve them during your gap experience. You will update this action plan with your EF Gap Advisor at the end of every program module to ensure you stay on track.
Rules of the road
Group discussions and interactive exercises to ensure your gap experience will be as safe and fun as it is life-changing.
- Program rules and regulations
- Safety policies and procedures
- Who to turn to in times of need
- Basic first-aid best practices
All EF Gap Year students who will be doing an internship as part of their gap experience will need to create their application profile.
- Create a compelling resume for prospective employers in your chosen city
- Identify your top 3 career fields of interest