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Safety and Experience

An update about COVID-19

We at EF Gap Year take COVID-19 very seriously. We are monitoring the situation closely and are actively following the guidance of the White House, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO). Rest assured, we will not operate our program in destinations that are deemed unsafe by these authorities.

Since EF Education First’s founding over 55 years ago, our number-one priority has always been, and continues to be, the health and safety of our students and staff. Our global support and emergency response teams are working around-the-clock and around-the-world to support any student who is preparing for, in the midst of, or returning home from an EF Gap program. Thanks to our network of 654 offices and schools in 50 countries, we are able to make real-time, on-the-ground adjustments as necessary.


Students considering or enrolled on a future EF Gap Year

We will continue to monitor the current COVID-19 situation as it evolves. We will contact you immediately if new information becomes available that impacts your chosen EF Gap destination to provide you with alternatives aligned with your preferences.

Due to the current climate, we’ve updated our cancellation policy. Book your gap year or semester (departing in September 2020), with the freedom to cancel risk-free, anytime through June 30, 2020.


Please do not hesitate to reach us at, 1-800-726-9746, or directly contact your EF Gap Advisor with any questions or concerns you might have.

This is an unprecedented event that is constantly evolving and affects everyone around the globe. We will continue to keep updated with the very latest information we have about this situation and will continue to do everything we can to help our students explore the world.


Last updated March 24, 2020