What is a gap? An investment in your future
Give yourself an advantage in college
A gap year doesn’t put you a year behind. It actually ensures your success in college. In fact, recent studies show gap students out-perform traditional students (see below). Many top tier schools, like Harvard, Stanford and MIT, are actively encouraging the students they accept to defer enrollment for a year to have a gap experience.
Return home with documented skills
An EF Gap Year allows you begin college with language fluency, volunteer service experience, an international internship, and proven leadership skills. Thanks to our educational partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, you can even place out of college-level classes and earn advanced credit toward graduation.
Grow tremendously as a young adult
While you’re away, you’ll become more self-confident, self-reliant, worldly, and mature. You’ll also be a better independent thinker, communicator and problem-solver with a cross-cultural understanding far surpassing that of your friends who stayed at home!
Gap students perform better in college
Be better prepared for college
Gap year students are more enthusiastic about and better prepared for university than traditional students, according to a recent Middlebury College/UNC Chapel Hill survey.
Earn better grades
Gap year students often earn better grades in college than traditional students. On average, their GPAs are .1 to .4 higher, according Robert Claggett, former dean of Middlebury College.
Experience long-term benefits
Gap year students see a positive effect on their academic performance in college which appears to endure over all four years, according to Robert Claggett, former dean of Middlebury College.
Be more socially responsible
The majority of gap students (72%) are inspired to become more active local or global volunteers, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Gap Association.
Become a campus leader
Gap year students tend to engage more in campus life than traditional students. They also take on more leadership roles around campus, according to a recent Middlebury/UNC survey.
Enjoy higher career satisfaction
Post-college, gap year students tend to achieve higher satisfaction in their new careers, according to a recent Haigler and Nelson survey.