9 countries • 3 continents • 25 weeks
Set your journey off on the right foot. Meet at an EF campus in New York to set goals for your gap, bond as a group, and review safety and first aid best practices.
Hear alumni perspectives on how to make the most of your gap year.
Meet your future travel buddies and friends for life.
Gain a richer understanding of European art, music, fashion, and popular culture with firsthand exploration of four of Europe’s finest cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona. Peel back the curtain as you learn about these cities through local guides, and learn how to travel responsibly on your own.
Go on a street art walking tour and hit up famed British gems such as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace.
Let your creative juices flow and express yourself fully in this fun, hands-on learning activity.
Eat your way through Amsterdam on a food tour, explore its canals on a boat cruise, and learn about the city's open-minded culture.
Explore Paris with a cruise along the Seine river, visit to the Eiffel Tower, and jaunt to a creperie. You'll see the Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and beautiful Versailles.
Wander vibrant neighborhoods, catch skyline views, and see Gaudí's most famous works, from La Sagrada Familia to Gaudi Park.
With over nine million people, this bustling city provides students with a high-energy experience and feast for the senses. From the fashion-forward streets of Harajuku to the anime-themed shopping centers of Akihabara, you’ll have endless opportunities for people watching.
Located in one of Tokyo's most iconic neighborhoods, our language school boasts a beautiful view of the Tokyo skyline.
Visit traditional Japanese gardens, temples, and Shinto shrines scattered throughout the city.
Put your language skills to test as you interact with locals and explore the city. Be sure to visit as many neighborhoods as you can—each comes with its own distinct character!
In Thailand, you’ll explore, participate in cultural exchange, an learn about the country’s social issues in the context of its rich history and culture. You’ll make a hands-on impact by working with local NGOs and community members to conserve Thailand’s precious natural environment, aiding sustainable community development efforts, and helping to care for elephants.
Help maintain a sanctuary and learn about the complex issues facing Thailand’s captive elephant population.
Learn about Thai cuisine and recreate classic dishes.
You could help create income-generating projects, develop an ecotourism platform, or provide English teaching support.
After Winter Break, you’ll kick off second semester with your fellow EF Gap Year students on an in-depth tour “Down Under” in Australia and New Zealand. Learn about the colonial history and ancient traditions that inform the complex cultural landscape of these two countries.
Visit Rotorua, a town in New Zealand renowned as a hotspot for geothermal activity and a preservation site for Maori culture.
Understand today’s global economy by experiencing professional life yourself. Take your first big step into the adult world by interning at a real company and living on your own in an apartment.
As an intern, you'll not only develop your professional network and understanding of workplace etiquette—you'll also acquire new skills and knowledge about an industry.
No stay in Sydney would be complete without at least one trip to the world-famous Bondi Beach. Stroll the sand and surrounding streets, soak up the Vitamin D, and get that iconic Instagram shot of Bondi Icebergs.
Learn how to manage your time, stay on top of a work schedule, and explore the city on your free time.
Reflect on your gap experiences and develop 21st-century leadership skills through strengths-building, teamwork, and motivational techniques.
Now home to Hult Business School's executive education program, Ashridge House was once a royal residence of Henry VIII and Princess Elizabeth I. The castle grounds are located in Hertfordshire, just outside of London.
Review the skills you've gained and learn how to lead from your strengths.