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Build the perfect gap experience for you

Here’s how it works: An EF Gap Consultant helps you customize a highly individualized program to meet both your personal and professional goals. You decide how long you’d like to be away, where you’ll go, and how you’d like to focus your gap experience.

The building blocks of every EF Gap

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Start your adventure abroad in style

All programs include a 3-day Orientation and a 2-week European Immersion in London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona.

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Personalize your gap experience

You decide the countries where you would like to do 6 weeks each of Language Study, Service Learning, and Internship (see below).

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End big with a leadership training

All programs end with the EF Leadeship Academy—a week of intensive workshops, seminars, and simulations—followed by a Wrap-up and final gala banquet.

Personalize your gap experience

Step 1


For the total “global citizenship” experience, we highly recommend our 25-week EF Gap Year beginning in September and ending in April. If you have more limited time to be away, we also offer a 12-week EF Gap Semester, with the flexibility of starting in either September or January.

Step 2


Start your gap experience with an immersive language course at one of our fully accredited schools abroad. Choose between Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, or Korean. In all cases, you study with native-speaking teachers and students your age from 100 countries. Benefit from highly interactive lessons that take place both in the classroom and out exploring your host city.

Step 3


Decide where and how you would like to do some good in the world, learn about social impact, and engage in an authentic cultural exchange. Complete service projects that focus on youth empowerment, environmental sustainability, or community building. In Latin America, choose between the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, or Peru. Or venture farther afield to Thailand or Tanzania.

Step 4


Gain incredible business experience abroad with an internship. Choose the world-class city where you’d like to live and intern: Bangkok, Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, or Tokyo. You’ll be placed with a respected organization, mentored by professionals, and live in a shared student apartment.

Step 5


Our programs fill up fast, so reserve your place today. (Note that all cultural immersion destinations, language locations, service learning experiences, and internship fields are subject to availability.) Still not sure? Contact us to speak with one of our knowledgeable consultants about which EF Gap experience is right for you.

Always included in your program fee



Your EF Gap Year Consultant helps you choose the right program for your needs and prepares you for the journey ahead. The EF team then continues to mentor you throughout your gap experience, providing information, advice, and support. Scheduled check-ins ensure that everything goes according to plan.



We always provide comfortable accommodation suitable to the program module and location. Typically, that might mean a hotel on Immersions, homestay during Language Study, student hostel for your Service Learning, shared apartment for your Internship, and campus residence at EF Leadership Academy.


Activities & Events

Our philosophy is that you always learn more when you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself. That’s why we build in a weekly selection of activities, excursions, events and outings into Immersions, Language Study, Service Learning, and EF Leadership Academy. During your Internship, we leave you free to explore your host city on your own.


Airfare & Transport

Only EF includes the cost of your flights in the program fee—and since you’ll be traveling the world, that’s significant savings! We also include all transfers to and from the airport while abroad, as well as all transportation whenever you’re on tour with us.



Your gap experience includes a weekly meal plan of healthy local fare. The plans vary by module and location, but often include breakfast and dinner, with lunch free for making your own culinary explorations. During your Internship, you live in an apartment and shop for your own food as part of the experience.


Global support

Enjoy your gap adventure with confidence, knowing you are supported by EF’s worldwide network of offices and schools in over in 50 countries.Our highly experienced team is there for you round-the-globe and round-the-clock. We even offer the peace of mind of a comprehensive Global Travel Protection plan. Learn more > 

Please note: All destinations and program inclusions are subject to availability and group size. Additional fees apply in select destinations in Latin America and Asia. Passport and visa fees are the responsibility of the participant, which can be up to $200 in some locations.

Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Consultant.