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?
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.
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.
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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