From London, a city that seamlessly blends the old world with the seductively modern, to the York countryside, England is a must-see for any traveler and a great destination for taking a gap year. While England is not an ideal country for sun-tanners or surfers (the weather can be rather dreary), its influential cultural history makes it a prime location for those looking to gain a fuller understanding of how our modern world developed. England gave rise to artistic and scientific revelations that will never be forgotten, and seeing them first hand is an experience of a lifetime!

Types of Programs


Volunteer opportunities include working with children, the disabled, the homeless, and troubled families. Volunteers can also wander through England’s pastures, contemplate Stonehenge, and visit the parliament. Volunteer projects happen all around the island, and volunteers can choose to be placed in a quaint village or in the buzz of London town. Working in such a diverse community and culture will expose volunteers to a rich recipe of experiences. Volunteers will experience excellent training that will benefit any career they pursue. Programs generally run between 6 and 12 months but each program is unique, so search through volunteer providers and find the best match for you.


England has always been a popular tourist destination. Due to its rich history, diverse culture, and exciting current events (such as the London Olympics), England is now, more than ever, a premier destination for students looking to intern abroad. Internships can be found in various fields such as business, economics, communications, and politics. Interning in London will gain you respect, earn unmatched experiences not accessible back home, and have meaningful contacts for life. A letter of recommendation and listing an international internship make interning in London all the more worthwhile.

Health & Safety

England, a first-world country, has strong health and safety regulations. The water is safe to drink and restaurants must adhere to strong health codes and vaccinations are readily available.

Gap Year Programs in England

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Get to Know England 🇬🇧

From Buzzing London to tranquil Grasmere, England is accommodating to all different travelers. If you are here to see the tourist destinations, London will gladly keep you busy; however, if you want get off the beaten path, rent a car and drive around to get a true look at England -- don't forget to stay on the left side of the road!

Cost of Living

Living in England, particularly London, is very expensive compared to many places in the World.

Expense Estimated Cost
  • $16.33 - inexpensive meal
  • $68.02 - date at a mid-range restaurant
  • $8.16 - meal at fast food chain
Monthly rent
  • $1026.43 - for a one bedroom apartment in a city center
  • $841.96 - for a one bedroom apartment outside of a city center
Utilities About $250.93 per month
Cell phone About $49 per month
Local transportation
  • A monthly pass: about $88.43
  • A one-way ticket: about $3.40
Personal expenses
  • Pair of jeans: $79.26
  • 0.5L of domestic beer: $5.17
  • Cappuccino: $3.76
  • Movie ticket: $13.60
Total Expect to spend anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 on housing, airfare and other expenses.
Source: United Kingdom Numbeo


Rent throughout parts of England can be pricey. Typically, rental units will be in older building that haven't been recently updated. Having a flatmate is a good way to reduce the cost of rent, which can cost over $1000 a month in the cities.

Popular resources for finding available apartments or rooms to rent are Gumtree, SpareRoom, and for students, UniPlaces.

Food & Drink

  • England has a broad spectrum of dining options, from high-end restaurants to casual pubs.
  • Popular foods to try include the Full English Breakfast, cornish pasties, Yorkshire pudding, crumpets, and a roast dinner with gravy.
  • England is well known for its pubs and nightlife and has been a beer crafting country for hundreds of years. Craft breweries have made a resurgence lately, so you will likely find locally brewed beers on tap throughout England. Expect to see many ales, lagers, and IPA's at your local pub.
  • People in the north of England often refer to dinner as tea and lunch as dinner.

Tips & Tricks

  • England is well-connected by bus and rail.
  • Politeness is highly valued. Always say "please", "thank you", and "sorry".
  • Appliances use plug type G (used across the UK and Ireland) and the standard voltage is 230 V.

General Gap Year Scholarships

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the age limit for a UK working visa?

    You must be at least 18 to receive a work visa in the UK.

  • What are the most popular types of gap year programs in England?

    England is a popular place for internships and professional development programs. With a strong economy, large tourism industry, and rich history, Gappers can find internships in the medical field, business, economics, politics, tourism, and communications. Additionally, England is also a popular destination for au pairs.

  • What kind of visa do I need for a gap year in England?

    For citizens of Japan, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, The UK offers a working holiday visa for tourists between 18 and 30. This visa is valid for two years and permits travelers to work for 12 of those months. US citizens can travel within the UK for up to 6 months without applying for a visa. Apply for a visa on the GOV.UK website.

  • How much does it cost to live in England for a year?

    England and the UK have a lower cost of living than the US. While the price of a gap year will depend greatly on the programs and activities you choose, as well as the amount of travel you plan on doing throughout your time in the UK. With the work opportunities in England, there are many options to significantly lower the cost of an English gap year.

  • What are the benefits of a gap year in England?

    England provides gappers the potential for career growth and experience in fields relevant to their studies. Additionally, certain travelers will benefit from the fact that England is an English speaking country, making it easier to integrate into local communities. There are many volunteer opportunities in England for those looking to provide service to the local community during their gap year.

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