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Embark on a unique global experience in 12 weeks. EF Gap Semester is perfect for students who want to live in different parts of the world while gaining valuable life skills, discovering their passions, and building community. Destinations include Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Oceania.
Every EF Gap Semester begins with a two week cultural immersion in Europe. Students then depart for their next two modules—a combination of Language Study, Service Learning, or an Internship in different countries—to build essential skills for their global careers. All EF Gap Semesters culminate with EF Leadership Academy in an English castle.
With the opportunity to earn college credit and place out of language classes, students return home with an advantage as they start or return to college. EF Gap Year is part of EF Education First. With more than 50,000 staff members and 600 offices and schools around the world, EF Gap Year offers unparalleled international support 24/7.
- Choose the perfect program for your gap experience
- Learn a language at a fully-accredited EF Campus
- Help a community in need through service learning
- Find an internship that prepares you for your career
- Reflect at Leadership Academy in an English castle
Spend a semester in Europe gaining language fluency, international business experience, and newfound confidence and independence. Throughout your semester, you’ll enjoy a balance of structured activities and free time to explore on your own—with other world-class destinations just a hop, skip, or high-speed rail train ride away.
The Adventurer is the right fit for the traveler who is passionate about outdoor adventure and sustainability, and is interested in elevating their Spanish—all levels welcome. In just one semester you’ll level up your language skills in Costa Rica then expand your service learning mindset in Peru.
The Explorer is ideal for the traveler who is passionate about languages, culture, and social impact. Spend the first part of your semester living in the heart of a European city. Next, fly to Thailand for a radically different experience. From the bustling night markets of Bangkok to the elephant sanctuaries of Chiang Mai, explore the Land of Smiles and learn how its citizens are paving the way for a brighter future.
The Globetrotter is perfect for the open-minded culture-seeker looking to maximize their gap semester. After an immersive two-week tour of Europe’s most iconic cities, you’ll move on to Thailand, where you’ll support and collaborate with local social enterprises and established NGOs. From there, you’ll close out your global gap experience with a professional internship down under in Sydney, Australia.
The Voyager is guaranteed to expand your mind, palate, and perspective. Explore Thai culture and social entrepreneurship and roll up your sleeves to work on service projects. Next, fly to Tokyo for an immersive Japanese language course, where you’ll put your new skills to the test by exploring the futuristic city and soaking up its legendary food, fashion, and anime scene.
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.