An experience that prepares you for life
The transition from high school to college is one of the most important ones we ever make. In the face of big life decisions ahead, the most precious resource we have is time: time to grow, explore, and figure out what we’re really working towards before taking on our futures.
Enter: the gap year. Rather than being an alternative to college, a gap year is about preparing yourself to make the most of college—and in many ways, the rest of your life.
1. Recent survey conducted by the American Gap Association
2. Recent Middlebury College/UNC Chapel Hill study
Here are some of the reflections our alumni students shared about why they took a gap year, how they've changed, and the friendships and memories they've made.
EF Gap Year prepares students for success in our increasingly globalized world. Our educational philosophy celebrates travel as a pathway to understanding and self-discovery, focusing on these four key outcomes. Learn more here (PDF).
Learn how to chase curiosity rather than a need for approval, value process over results, and see challenges as growth opportunities.
Gain personal skills essential for success—such as communication, teamwork, and adaptability.
Lay the foundations of adulthood, from building good habits to developing a clearer sense of self.
Acquire the intercultural skills highly sought after in today’s global economy.
Hannah S., New York EF Gap Semester Class of Spring 2019
I am immensely grateful for the travel, service, and educational opportunities that EF has provided for me. Thanks to the emphasis our mentors placed on professional development, setting realistic goals, and career trajectory, I am both well-prepared and excited to start my freshman year of college.
Sara S., EF Gap Semester Fall '19
I would recommend EF Gap Year to anyone ages 18-22 because I think those are years when your main goal should be to learn about yourself and the world. Now that I’m entering college, I feel like I have the upper hand: I feel more prepared mentally and more focused. I know what I want wholeheartedly and I’m excited to work to achieve that.