The adjustment from high school to university or the work force can be jarring and intimidating. But this moment of transition also provides an opportunity to reflect on what drives you, what you find meaningful and what you want to contribute to the world. Gap Year is designed to foster these moments of reflection, self-discovery and exploration. The 6 and 12-week programs allows you to study online and in New York City with Times journalists and other industry experts who will deepen your understanding of the world, widen your horizons and help you plan for the future.
Through academic inquiry and self-reflection, the program curriculum stimulates debate, challenges perspectives and exposes students to career opportunities. Through mentorship, professional development sessions and life skills workshops, students will end the program with greater clarity about their personal goals and career aspirations.
- The faculty at The School is comprised of journalists and staff of The New York Times, professionals who are experts in their fields and exceptional educators who are active practitioners.
- The School offers a vast network of professional contacts for students to engage with through formal guest speakers, individual class visits, and guest lectures. Gap Year students have the opportunity to meet some of the world’s top talent.
- The Independent Learning Project is the central component of the Gap Year program. Students are matched with a faculty member to work on a new or existing independent project. Students may choose a piece of writing, new media, photography or other medium.
- Service Learning and Reflection projects complement the Section Studies, helping students identify ways to give back to the community and contemplate how their understanding of the world is changing.
- Students will emerge from the program with a strong sense of self, imbued with a framework of deepened understanding about what drives their passions, issues that are meaningful to them and where they stand in relation to those issues.