USA Gap Year Fairs

Facing the possibility of online learning, students are exploring creative alternatives like taking gap time. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with gap year experts and alumni in your hometown.

View Schedule

Connect with industry experts and gap year alumni!

Looking for inspiration and information about gap year programs or summer opportunities? Join our virtual summit to meet with experiential educators, gap year experts, and gap year alumni so you can start planning your next adventure.

For the past 13 years, USA Gap Year Fairs has partnered with progressive high schools across the country to educate, inspire, and empower students to look beyond the classroom and pursue opportunities for experiential learning. As we adapt to changing times, we've redesigned our in-person events to provide our community with inspiration and guidance.

Taking a gap year, participating in a summer program, or enrolling in a high school semester abroad might seem intimidating, but it’s actually much easier than you think -- especially when you know there’s a community of people to help support you.

Upcoming Virtual Summit Events & Webinars

Join us online June 22 - 26 as Go Overseas hosts and shares virtual gap year events from presenters all over the world. Take classes, attend webinars, join Q&A sessions, catch program presentations, and participate in break out discussions from the comfort of your home. Events are free to the public and registration is coming soon!

  1. Mon 22 June
    Taking a Gap Year - A General Info Session

    What is a gap year and how do you decide if it's the right option for you or your student? Join our panel of experts as we discuss the who, what, why, and how of the gap year option.

    11:00 AM (PDT) - 11:45 AM (PDT)
  2. Tue 23 June
    Teach, Internship, and Work Opportunities for Gap Year Students & Postgrads

    These days, we’re spending more time than ever online. Why not get paid for it? We’re bringing you the beginner’s guide to teaching, working, and interning online. Join our panel of experts as we discuss what options are available for students both in-person and online in these sectors.

    10:00 AM (PDT) - 11:00 AM (PDT)
  3. Tue 23 June
    Social Activism Opportunities for Gap Year Students

    Changemakers: your time is here! Make the most of 2020 and make a difference in your community. Join our panel of experts as we discuss social activism opportunities for students in 2020.

    12:00 PM (PDT) - 1:00 PM (PDT)

Gap Year Scholarships

Planning your gap year and funding your gap year go hand in hand, which is why we’re thrilled to offer gap year scholarships each year.


USA Gap Year Fairs Student Ambassador Scholarships

Why do you want to take a gap year in 2020? Tell us why and you could win a scholarship to make those dreams become a reality! We'll grant two scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding motivation to pursue gap year experiences.

Girl on camel riding in caravan in Nepal

Learn about taking a gap year

Want to read up on gap years before or after the fairs? Here are a few articles to help you with your gap year research.

Gap Year

Planning a gap year when international travel is uncertain is difficult. But we spoke with the experts and have some fantastic alternatives for gap...


Wondering which gap year program might be the right fit for you? Discover your perfect match GapMatcher is a custom search tool that helps you find personalized gap year program suggestions, curated for you.

Find my gap year program