10-week Gap Semester in Asia & Oceania
Learn about yourself, the world, and yourself in the world as you embark on a 10-week journey to four distinct countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This Gap Semester program is perfect for students who want to get out of their comfort zone and discover what they’re capable of: enjoy exploring the natural wonders of Australia and New Zealand, then discover the rich cultures of Thailand and Japan.
See Melbourne, Cairns, and Sydney during Guided Exploration Down Under! Spend a day snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, visit the iconic Opera House, and learn about the indigenous peoples of Australia.
Travel to the cities of Rotoura and Auckland for an introduction to Kiwi culture. Explore the southern shores of Lake Rotorua, visit the Waiotapu Geothermal area, and take a ferry to Waiheke Island.
Begin your journey through Thailand in the vibrant capital city of Bangkok, then head north to Chiang Mai to assist with elephant conservation at a local NGO. Enjoy learning about coastal environmentalism and relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Krabi and Koh Lanta.
Travel to Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, and Osaka on this twenty-eight-day tour of Japan. See Mt. Fuji, visit the Zen gardens of Kyoto, and venture to Mount Koya.
Here's why a life-changing EF Gap experience would benefit you.
Annabel H. EF Gap Year Class of 2019, Boston University Class of 2023
My gap year took me out of my comfort zone so many times—and my life is better because of it. If anyone is searching for a path to follow, a way to achieve their goals, or even just who they are, they need to take a gap year.
Bailey T. EF Gap Semester Class of Spring 2019, University of North Texas 2023
Before my EF Gap Year, I had an idea that I wanted to do service work in the future but after doing service work with EF in Thailand, I can now confidently say that’s what I want to do with my life: I want to continue to help others and serve others.
Franki P. EF Gap Semester Spring 2022
Your anxieties are not as big as you think, and your faith is greater than your fear: there’s a lot more to miss out on not taking an opportunity like this and now, being in grad school, knowing what my future looks like—if I didn’t do this, I don’t think I would be able to. It's an opportunity that I will forever be grateful for. Don’t ever let fear get in your way!
Our Gap Year Consultants are ready to answer any questions you have so you can start planning your best year yet.
For U.S. students 18–22.