Make this your year

See the world and discover your passions with EF Gap Year

Gap year (n.): The most productive break of your life

When done thoughtfully, taking time off from school can help you rediscover a sense of purpose, feel more academically motivated, and gain benefits that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

If any of these statements are true for you, you should consider taking a gap:

  • You want to take a break from school.

  • You want to travel and get outside your comfort zone.

  • You want to gain confidence and independence.

  • You want to figure out your goals in life.

Did you know?

There's growing support for gap years among universities and educators.

What you can do on an EF Gap Year or Semester:
  • Explore up to 9 countries

    Participate in cultural exchange and guided travel around the world

  • Gain global skills

    Sharpen your language skills, gain international work experience, and hone your leadership abilities

  • Make an impact

    Learn about sustainable development in action and make hands-on contribution to a community

  • Define your life path

    Our program is designed to help you uncover your goals, strengths, and purpose

I'm interested! What should I do next?
  1. Step
    Familiarize yourself with our program.

    Taking a gap is a big decision, and requires careful consideration and planning. Sign up below and we’ll send you everything you need to know about how this works.

  2. Step
    Get your parents on board.

    We’re here to help facilitate this conversation. You can also check out our page for parents, with resources and advice for talking to your family.

  3. Step
    Talk to an EF Gap Year Consultant

    We’ll help you find the right program for you and answer all of your questions.

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