EF Gap Semester: custom 12-week program in multi-destinations

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EF Gap Semester Leadership Academy
EF Gap Semester Leadership Academy
EF Gap Semester Rome
EF Gap Semester Rome
EF Gap Semester China
EF Gap Semester China
EF Gap Semester Service Learning in Costa Rica
EF Gap Semester Service Learning in Costa Rica


EF Gap Semester is 12-week program that allows students the flexibility of starting in either September or January. The semester begins with a group orientation and 2 weeks of cultural immersion of Europe. Students then personalize their program with two 4-week modules enabling them to combine their choice of language course, volunteer service or internship. Students regroup for Leadership Academy and gala banquet before graduation.

Students are able to earn college credit, place out of language requirements, and return home with a portfolio of certificates that document their achievements. Students can even round their gap experience with an optional college application and essay writing seminar.

EF Education First is the largest private global educational company in the world with over 52,000 staff through 612 offices and schools in 50 countries.

  • Experience a great tour of Europe with your cohort
  • Have the option to learn a language at a recognized EF Campus
  • Help a community in need through service learning
  • Get work experience with an internship in one of the world's best cities
  • Attend a Leadership Academy at an English castle

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Semester!

I truly enjoyed my travels with the EF Gap Semester. The staff were all fantastic, especially my tour director of Europe. I went to Barcelona to attend Language school and to the Dominican Republic for service, and I loved them both. Living on my own in Barcelona was a highlight, as I learned a lot about living on my own as well as public transportation. I also learned more Spanish than I could’ve even imagined! When I first got there, I could hardly form a sentence and could only speak in present tense. By the time I left, I was able to have casual conversations and order in Spanish. I gained so much from both experiences, as well as my time on the Welcome Tour and my time at Ashridge. Each piece was very well thought out and I felt safe the entire time, but the directors also weren’t overbearing, we had a lot of freedom! It was an amazing experience! I had trouble adding photos to this, but you can check out some photos from this trip on my gap year instagram @travel.gapyear

What would you improve about this program?
It was the first year, so there were some kinks that could be worked out, particularly with the meals on the welcome tour, but overall it was a fantastic experience.
Yes, I recommend this program

Gap Year Internship at an EF Office

I did an internship with EF at one of their offices during my gap year. It was an amazing opportunity to travel, learn, and to meet new amazing people with different backgrounds. The internship was structured very well and gave me a broad range of professional and life experiences that has helped me grow as a person. EF does a great job motivating each individual to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and to be their best self.

I would recommend anyone to take a gap year with EF as it is a great and unique chance that will be very rewarding in so many ways.

About EF Gap Year

EF is the world's largest private educational organization with 46,000 staff throughout 51 countries. We provide life-changing education for global citizens. For over 50 years, our mission has been to give confidence and freedom to people of all ages...