A gap year is defined as a year or semester of experiential learning, typically taken after high school and prior to career or post-secondary education, in order to deepen one's practical, professional, and personal awareness. Taking a gap year does not have to mean traveling far away from home. In order to adapt to these unprecedented times, many programs are being offered online. We have put together a list of online gap programs to help you learn more!
These gap programs offer the chance to spend an academic year or semester exploring a career such as medicine, communications, health care, marketing, human rights and community development - from anywhere. These programs can help you start college with a clear vision of where you are headed.
Check back as we continue to add more!
Session Dates: August 24 - December 19, 2020
American University’s Gap Program offers an academic and internship experience in our nation’s capital, providing the perfect springboard for future academic and career success. This year American University's Gap Program will offer 100% online or hybrid internships and seminars for the fall semester.
Session Dates: August 24, 2020 - June 11, 2021
The Avenues Mastery Year is a unique, online gap year program offered by Avenues: The World School in collaboration with the Long Now Foundation. Designed to accelerate the development of future inventors and entrepreneurs, participants immerse themselves in the history and future of innovation studies while simultaneously gaining essential implementation skills. The program culminates in a patent-pending invention with the US Patent and Trademark Office, a pitch deck, and a corresponding business plan.
Session Dates: August 31 - December 8, 2020
Champlain's Virtual Gap Program is a semester-long, inspiring journey into academic college life, holistic well-being, and finding meaning through virtual internship and service experiences. It's is an innovative and exploratory experience for high school graduates who are looking for a transformative, learning adventure before college.
Session Dates: Enrollment begins on July 15. Program is self-paced.
Domain is a unique hybrid-learning program designed to provide young adults with the tools and knowledge to make better decisions about the next phase of life. This is not just online learning. Our unique hybrid education model is a blended program of experiential, academic, and practice/professional exposure.
Session Dates: September 21-December 18, 2020
Develop your professional capabilities while exploring the international working world and a potential career path. With Gap at CET's Global Virtual Internships, you'll be matched with an organization in Shanghai, Prague, Taipei, or Amman, and take a course with other CET interns to help you reflect on the experience and prepare for college.
Session Dates: August 31 - December 18, 2020
Global Citizen Academy is an intensive leadership experience equipping diverse high school graduates worldwide with powerful and practical skills for a lifetime of social impact. Global Citizen Academy offers an engaging blend of interactive online learning, workshops with leading innovators, real-world projects, and peer collaboration.
Session Dates: August 31 - December 19, 2020 & January 25 - May 15, 2021
Whether you’re taking a traditional gap year before college or need to put your plans on hold for other reasons, the virtual Academic Gap Year at Harvard Extension School can help you maintain momentum. Through an array of interactive classes available, you can explore interests for a major or build specialized knowledge.
Sessions: September 2020
Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Unlike what you might get through a community college, the hours you earn here transfer easily to any accredited college or university. Or transfer your prior credit into one of more than 70 career-building degree programs at Park. For one flat fee, get access to a full year of online undergraduate classes. Use GAPYEAR to waive the application fee.
UPenn Gap Year Options
Session Dates: Flexible
Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) offers non-degree programs online for bright and ambitious students who know that transitional times call for nontraditional measures. Created by Ivy League faculty and expert practitioners, our non-degree programs are designed to be experienced fully online. Wherever you are in the world, Penn LPS can help you redefine the gap year.
Session Dates: August 31 - October 3, 2020 & October 5 - December 11, 2020
The Year On Virtual Gap Experience is designed for students who want to have a big impact, build new skills, and add competencies effectively and conveniently from anywhere in the world. This 15-week program combines practical real-world experiences and skill-building with the support of a coach and community of learners.