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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.
Combine Language Study, Service Learning, or an Internship in different countries—to build essential skills for their global careers, creating a semester as unique as you. Choose from a variety of programs that best match your personal goals, travel style, and destination dreams.
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
- Travel, make an impact, and come back ready for whatever is next
The Discoverer is designed to prepare you for the world of tomorrow, which will require global competence and understanding. During your semester, you’ll connect with others more profoundly by enhancing your skills in a foreign language.
Then dive into the world of global business world through an internship. You’ll return home with a transformed perspective and newfound confidence that you’ll carry for the rest of your life.
Spend your semester circling the globe and experiencing radically different environments across three continents.
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.
Create community, make an impact, and return home with a deeper understanding of the world and your place in it.
Your semester starts out with an immersive two-week tour of Europe’s most iconic cities. After that, you’ll move into a homestay in the city of your choice for an immersive language experience. Your journey will then take you to Thailand where you’ll make an impact alongside NGOs and community members
The Changemaker is designed for the impact-driven adventurer who wants to experience sustainable lifestyles all over the world. Travel to Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos with a cohort of motivated students.
Learn about the UN Sustainable Development goals as you travel through Latin America. Work with locals on these global challenges and explore the ecosystems and communities they are trying to conserve.
The Pathfinder is perfect for the hands-on learner who can’t wait for their next step but is still trying to figure out where they’re going. Travel to six countries, explore major international cities with plenty of free time, and get introduced to majors and career options that will help you choose your path forward.
Spend your semester diving into subject matter from environmental science to food and fashion. Return home with confidence in your direction and a passport packed with stamps.
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.