Build the perfect gap experience for you

Here’s how it works: An EF Gap Advisor 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 week-long orientation in London and a “welcome tour” of Europe’s most exciting cities.

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Personalize your gap experience

You decide the countries where you would like to do your language study, volunteer service, and  internship (see below).

EF Gap Year - How it works - Develop leadership skills

End big with a leadership training

All programs end with the EF Leadeship Academy at Hult Ashridge—one of the world’s premier leadership training centers—followed by a wrap-up and final gala banquet.

Personalize your gap experience

Step 1

CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAM LENGTH

For the total “global citizenship” experience, we highly recommend our 26-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

CHOOSE YOUR STUDY LANGUAGE

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 kids your age from 100 countries—with highly interactive lessons that take place both in the classroom and out exploring your host city. Our proven method guarantees you advance at least one official fluency level.

Step 3

CHOOSE YOUR VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Decide where and how you would like to do some good in the world and engage in an authentic cultural exchange. You have the choice of focusing on youth empowerment, environmental sustainability, or community building. In Latin America, choose between the Dominican Republic, Peru or Costa Rica. Or venture farther afield to Thailand or Tanzania.

Step 4

CHOOSE YOUR INTERNSHIP

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

Step 5

RESERVE YOUR PLACE

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

Always included in your program fee

mentorship

Mentorship

Your EF gap advisor helps you choose the right program for your needs and prepares you for the journey ahead. Your advisor then continues to mentor you throughout your gap experience, providing information, advice, and support. Scheduled checkins ensure that everything goes according to plan.

accomodations

Accommodation

We always provide comfortable accommodation suitable to the program module and location. Typically, that might mean a hotel while on tour, host family during your language study, student hostel for your volunteer service, shared apartment for your internship, and campus residence at EF’s leadership academy.

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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 our tours, language courses, volunteer service, and leadership seminar. During your internship, we leave you free to explore your host city on your own.

travel

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 most transfers to and from the airport while abroad, as well as all transportation whenever you’re on tour with us.

meals

Meals

Your gap experience includes a weekly meal plan of hearty and 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.

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Global support

Enjoy your gap adventure worry-free, 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 medical, cancellation and interruption insurance plan. 

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

Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Advisor.

   

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