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Why Choose EF

Why take your gap year with EF

Since 1965, EF Education First has sent millions of people around the world to have life-changing experiences. Our gap year program is the culmination of 50 years of expertise in educational travel, language learning, and cultural exchange—our “greatest hits,” if you will. Here are some other ways EF Gap Year is unique.

  • Customization

    With our custom modules, 3 program lengths, and destinations around the world, we let you build a gap year that’s as unique as you are.

  • Variety

    EF Gap Year is unique in that it combines language study, internship, and service experiences into one comprehensive program.

  • Peace of Mind

    With more than 50,000 staff members and 600 offices and schools around the world, we’re able to offer unparalleled international support 24/7.

  • Educational Value

    By equipping you with global skills, professional experience, and optional college credits, we promote hands-on learning and life readiness.

EF’s global reach spans more than 100 countries in 6 continents. We understand the world because we live and work in more than half of it.
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From Airlines to Ziplines

Leave all the travel planning to us! No other gap organization offers the comprehensive package that EF Gap Year does. Regardless of which EF Gap program you enroll on, here's what's included:

Please refer to the "What's Included" section of each program for specific details.

  • Flights and transportation

    Most round-trip flights, all internal flights, and all local transfers to each stop in the itinerary

  • Room and board

    Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Coursework, activities, and immersive excursions

    Language classes, service projects, and excursions led by local guides

  • Global support network

    Access to one-on-one mentorship and EF's 24/7 global support before and during your program

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging

EF Gap Year is committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our Gap programs through the following initiatives, policies, and outreach. Our aim is to (re)imagine, actualize, and continually audit our programs, services, language, and marketing to strengthen inclusivity in everything we do.

Our promise to travel thoughtfully

At EF Gap Year, our Responsible Travel initiatives focus on three main commitments: to protect the environment, respect wildlife, and support the communities we visit. Our culturally immersive programs uphold each of these commitments to work towards a more sustainable world—now, and for years to come.

EF in the world

EF is committed to making a positive contribution to the global community—through key partnerships, support for good causes and cutting-edge research into improving the way people learn.

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