- Costa Rica
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Room and board: Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip
Activities and service projects: Guided excursions and service opportunities with partner organizations
EF Global Support Network: One-on-one mentorship and travel support before and during your program
EF Gap Year's Short-Term Programs are immersive, four-week experiences built to fit easily into your academic calendar. Choose from a variety of focuses and locations -- whether it's discovering the diverse cultures of four major European countries, collaborating with NGOs to make a sustainable impact in Costa Rica, learning the fundamentals of business in London, or practicing your Spanish skills in various cities across Spain.
Choose one of these programs or stack them onto other adventures, like your EF Gap Year or EF Gap Semester. We have programs running all year round, in the fall, winter, spring, and summer!
- Explore new cities and cultures across Europe and Latin America
- Build lasting relationships with your cohort and tour directors
- Gain independence, adaptability, and a growth mindset
Take four weeks to discover the diverse cultures of four major European countries. You will start off the program in London where you will meet your cohort and learn the fundamentals of global business in the world’s financial hub. Then, head to France to dive into the history of Normandy and explore the art and architecture of Paris. After France, spend a few days in Switzerland where you’ll get to visit the Alps and walk the historic streets of Lucerne. Finally, finish up your program in Italy
About 5% of the world’s biodiversity resides in Costa Rica, making it a critical site for conservation efforts. Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture for 4 weeks and learn how to make a sustainable impact within a community. You'll collaborate with a youth education non-profit, sea turtle conservation foundation, and sustainable development organization. Visit stunning waterfalls and hot springs, and zip-line through rainforest canopies in the Arenal Region.
Spend 4 weeks living in the heart of London, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of business, complete a case study with an international organization, earn college credit, and build skills that will help you in college and your career. Your program begins with a tour of London before diving into your course work at Hult International Business School. You’ll have plenty of time to explore in the evenings and on weekends - including a long weekend excursion to Paris, mid-way through your program.
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and take your language skills to the next level by spending four weeks in Spain. Start off the program in Madrid before heading south to Malaga, the sunny coastal city that will be your homebase. Here, you’ll take three weeks of language classes at EF’s beachside campus. You will also venture to Seville for a weekend and explore the vibrant city of Valencia before wrapping up the program in Barcelona.
EF Gap Year Awards
EF Gap Year has awards of up to $5,000 for students in their gap year and semester-long programs. Various scholarships are available for leadership, blogging, videography, and photography. Over $50,000 of funding is available every year.