USA Gap Year Fairs

Facing the possibilities 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 through our upcoming virtual events.

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Connect with industry experts and gap year alumni!

Looking for inspiration and reliable information about gap year programs or summer opportunities? Join our virtual events to meet experiential educators, gap year experts, and gap year alumni so you can start planning your next adventure. If you're searching for domestic gap year programs in the United States, there are plenty of options to choose from right here within the country.

For the past 14 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. Stay tuned for updates regarding upcoming events this winter.

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 Events & Webinars

Go Overseas will continue to host and share 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. Future event details and registration will appear below as events are confirmed.

  1. Mon 30 November
    Gap Year 101

    What is a gap year? The who, what, when, where, and why of taking gap time in the COVID age. Meet with gap year experts, a college admissions advisor, and gap year alumni to learn how the gap year field has adapted to changing times, how to defer college acceptance to take gap time, and how gap time...

    Time: 4:00 pm (PST) - 4:45 pm (PST)
  2. Mon 30 November
    How to Plan a Gap Year in 2021

    Feeling overwhelmed? Join gap year counselors, parents of gappers, and alumni for a step-by-step roadmap to planning gap time that’s right for you. We’ll cover how to choose a location, which programs are operating in 2021, budgeting, and how to plan for a safe, educational, and immersive experience...

    Time: 5:00 pm (PST) - 5:45 pm (PST)
  3. Tue 1 December
    How to Earn College Credit on a Gap Year

    Are you tired of online learning, but worried about “falling behind” your peers? Learn how you could embrace experiential learning by spend 2021 gaining experience in journalism in New York City, conducting research at sea, or trekking through Latin America or Oceania -- and put the distance in...

    Time: 3:30 pm (PST) - 4:15 pm (PST)

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. Although the 2020 USA Gap Year Fairs scholarships have been granted, be sure to read through 20 Gap Year Scholarships & Grants to Apply For in 2020 and 20 Pro Tips for Doing Your Gap Year on a Budget for more information regarding funding opportunities.

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.

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Go Overseas explains some of the benefits of taking a gap year and some disadvantages to be aware of. The pros and cons of taking a gap year.


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