UnCollege Gap Year Program
93% Rating
(4 Reviews)

UnCollege Gap Year Program

The UnCollege Gap Year Program is a 9-month program designed to equip young adults with the necessary skills to succeed in the innovation economy. Students have an opportunity to learn by doing - traveling the world, working at innovative companies, and developing relationships with mentors. The program is divided into three phases - an immersive service learning experience abroad, a skill-building module in San Francisco, and a professional internship - each lasting approximately three months.

UnCollege supports people who want to take control of the way they learn. We help them develop the skills and habits to become more effective at living the lives they want to live.

By the time the program concludes, UnCollege Gap Year fellows will have created a portfolio that showcases their skills and abilities, gained relevant work experience, built a network of connections, and developed the skills and habits that will be a foundation for their success in college and in the workplace

Locations
North America » United States of America » San Francisco
North America » United States of America
Program Tags
Adventure Travel
Hands-On Learning
Teach Abroad
Volunteer Abroad
Length
6-12 Months
Accommodation
Hostel
Primary Language
English
Age Max
18
Starting Price
$15,000.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Your UnCollege tuition includes:
- Accommodations & most meals during Voyage and Launch
- 40 skill-building workshops
- One-on-one coaching and mentorship from our global mentor network
- Support and facilitation with securing an internship anywhere in the world

Financial assistance and payment plans are available.

Questions & Answers

All gap years cost $19,000 for the entire year. You'll also need to factor in outside costs of your travels. Hope that helps!

Program Reviews

  • Housing
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  • Support
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  • Fun
    88%
  • Value
    90%
  • Safety
    93%

Program Reviews (4)

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Vahimir
Male
21 years old
Brooklyn

The Cohort

10/10

On the last day of launch, the entire cohort went to golden gate park where we bonded over our experience. We talked about how we regretted not spending more time together so I guess my advice would be to spend as much time with the people in your cohort as possible. Everyone has unique ideas and experience that they bring to the table and to not utilize each other would be kind of a waste. Learn to collaborate early on and you'll gain a lot more from the experience.

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Andrew
Male
21 years old
Redwood City, California
University of Hawaii- Manoa

Taking a Gap Year is a Must

9/10

Taking a Gap Year was an essential part of my learning and should be a cornerstone of the modern education system. My voyage phase abroad opened my eyes to new cultural experiences and blessed me with lifelong friends and family. I spent two months abroad in Quito, Ecuador where I taught English as a second language and environmental education to around 500 elementary school students a day. Teaching alongside other fellows and volunteers was a fantastic experience for us that created one of the highlights of my life by helping others in an impactful way. I also had the freedom to travel and discover a totally new country with new friends and travel companions. The launch phase placed us in San Francisco, the epicenter of a tech revolution and the heart of entrepreneurship today. Here, we were surrounded by countless opportunities to network and tap into Uncollege's resources. We attended work shops each day that taught us invaluable lessons that are not taught in university lecture halls. Personal finance, negotiation, and how to have difficult conversations were all topics we learned from guest speakers who came in to teach us their expertise from specific fields. Everyone who came in to teach us cared deeply about our success and wanted us to learn that topic because it was of great importance to their career and/or personal life. The launch phase provided the education and the frame work for us to move into our internships and beyond.

How can this program be improved?

The voyage and the launch phase were great, but the internship and the project phase lacked guidance. I wish there had been more interaction between Uncollege and the fellows for the last two phases.

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Alexander
Male
24 years old
San Francisco, California
University of Washington

Learned a lot.

9/10

This gap year for me was a great way to get me into the entrepreneurial scene in SF, I have learned a lot through the struggles of starting my startup, F the Line (www.ftheline.com) and gaining momentum. Gabe helped me a lot, pushed me to do the things that I was hesitant about (something like going out and interviewing potential customers and strangers.)

I learned a lot from this gap year, made some lifelong friends, and will continue to work hard on F the Line. Thanks for all the help!

How can this program be improved?

It would be nice if there was a little more interaction with Dale. We feel like we hardly know you despite being in the program for almost a year now. You're the one setting the example for us as unschoolers and we almost never see you during the course of the program.

For the more entrepreneurial fellows in the program would want to be introduced to more influential people and grow a bigger network. I think you guys have the network and we would love to be introduced to more people. At least I know I want that.

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Dawn
Female
22 years old
San Francisco, California
Other

My Gap Year Turnout

9/10

Taking a year to get to know myself outside of formal education was/is hard. Proving to myself that I can be independent was a struggle too. By having this year organized in a structured way gave me the chance to jumpstart my self discovery outside of a regular 20 year old person. I mean this wholeheartedly when I say UnCollege is the training wheels to growing up.
I started the Gap Year off by choosing to read the article my Dad gave me that ended up being Dale's program. Eager to have a change from society's norm, and from going back to College undecided, I applied. A few months later, I was in a country I never knew existed before planning. I've met lifelong friends, hung out with elephants for a day, attended and danced my heart out to a local's wedding, ate dog, slept in a cave, taught English to Lao children, climbed one of the many steep karst hills, have a new monk friend and many more beautiful happenings I didn't expect to run into on this "voyage phase" of volunteering. I didn't realize this phase lived up to its title as a true voyage.
The transition from a third world country to one of the most industrialized cities in the US was beyond a culture shock. Spending three months drawing water from a well to having unlimited access any place you walk into has made me appreciate the finer things in life. Another big contrast I noticed is Laos and San Francisco's idea of time management. While San Franciscans have a time-based schedule, Laotians method is to work some, rest some continuously through the day.
Living and learning the different cultures while taking workshops to propel me, and other fellows, towards our interests was an experience of a lifetime. The staff's ways of having 'Friday reviews', coaching and house meetings were executed perfectly to expand our comfort levels of mental and emotional health.
Job shadowing, cold emailing and a few internships later I can say I have not found what I am truly passionate about. What I have found is a better sense of myself and career paths I do not plan on pursuing.
I encourage anyone who is unsure of college, a career path and any questioning on your future to take the next year and discover more of yourself outside of your regular routine. I took the chance to "postpone" a year from college and not only discovered more of who I am, but met amazing, influential people.

How can this program be improved?

I'd encourage Dale to participate more in any of the social aspects of the program: reviews, workshops, overseas skype calls, etc. I feel the fellows would be happier spending the money that they have on this program because the founder is willing to put in a bit more time from a busy schedule for all the individuals who are giving their whole year in his structured curriculum.
Otherwise, I think you guys should keep up the good work. :)

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UnCollege Gap Year is a nine-month program aimed to help equip young adults with the skills needed to succeed on both a personal and professional level after high school. Since its inaugural cohort in Fall 2013, the program has graduated over 100+ students and has

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