Short-Term Program

European Discovery

Ignite your passions, add new stamps to your passport, and discover a range of diverse cultures across four major European countries.

Develop life skills while learning about global business in London, history in Normandy, art and architecture in Paris, food and agriculture in Italy, and so much more on this crash course in global citizenship. Return home from your program feeling inspired and invigorated for what’s next—whether it’s more travel, continuing your college journey, or heading into your career.

Upcoming travel dates:
Fall 2023: October 4–November 1, 2023
Spring 2024: February 28 – March 27, 2024
Summer 2024: July 5 – August 2, 2024

How you'll grow

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

London, UK 5 Days

London: Sightseeing

London, England

Fly to London, where you’ll meet your cohort and begin your journey together. Travel to the must-see spots of the city, from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, and enjoy a free day to explore on your own time.

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London: Business & Academia

London, England

Explore the UK's long and prestigious academic history with a day trip to the quintessential university town of Oxford. Explore London's connection to global business through a visit to and Q&A with a leader of an innovative global company.

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Normandy, France 3 days

Normandy: History

Normandy, France

Board a ferry to cross the English Channel to Normandy, the site of the D-Day landing, where you'll visit Mont-Saint-Michel and learn about WWII history in the place where it happened; there is no better place for this the past to come alive.

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Paris, France 7 Days

Paris: Art

Paris, France

Visit world-class museums and historical sites like the Louvre, Monet's Giverny, and Versailles. Enjoy a free day to soak up the culture of the City of Lights–and eat as many croissants as you can!

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Lucerne Region, Switzerland 3 Days

Lucerne: Sightseeing

Lucerne Region, Switzerland

Head into the heart of Europe as you cross the border into Switzerland; enjoy an Alps excursion and a scenic boat ride, then spend a free day wandering the medieval streets of Lucerne.

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Bologna & Florence, Italy 5 Days

Bologna: Food & Agriculture

Bologna, Italy

Visit picturesque Parma to try the original Parmesan cheese, then take a food tour of Bologna and and visit Bologna's university quarter, one of the oldest in the world.

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Florence: Food & Agriculture

Florence, Italy

Immerse yourself in the architecture, art, cuisine, and culture of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Discover the city on a food tour that celebrates the delicious diversity of Italian food!

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Rome 4 Days

Rome: Wrap-Up

Rome, Italy

See awe-inspiring sites such as the Colosseum and the Vatican. Enjoy an intensive Italian cooking class and free time to explore The Eternal City. Spend time celebrating all you’ve been through and reflecting on your experience with your cohort before heading home!

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Program fee

Tuition for this 4-week program is $7,900, and payment plans are available. Tuition includes:

  • Activities & workshops

    Guided excursions and hands-on workshops with local experts.

  • Flights & transportation

    Round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop in your itinerary

  • Room & board

    All housing and approximately half of your meals are covered

  • EF global support network

    One-on-one mentorship and travel support before and during your program

Our commitment to safety

When you need us most, we’re always close: EF Gap Year students are supported by multiple layers of staff throughout their experience abroad.

Learn more about on-program Safety & Support, from our on-the-ground Student Life Coordinators and Tour Directors to our 24/7 Safety & Incident Response team.

Ready to get started?

Our Gap Year Consultants are ready to answer any questions you and your family may have, then they’ll work with you and your family one-on-one to plan an experience that expands your horizons and meets your goals.

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