EF Gap Semester is a 12-week program that has the flexibility of starting in either September or January. EF Gap students explore several countries, learn a language, volunteer, engage in cultural exchange, intern abroad, and develop leadership skills. Programs are accredited so students can earn college credit.
The EF Gap Semester begins with a group orientation and 2 weeks of cultural immersion in 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.
At EF, our advisors work with you to customize a highly individualized program that meets both your personal and professional goals. You decide where you want to go and how you’d like to focus your gap experience. All programs include a orientation and 2 weeks of cultural immersion in Europe. They all end with Leadership Academy at a prestigious business school in the U.K. and final gala banquet with an awards ceremony.
No other organization takes you to a dozen or more countries—on virtually every continent—during your time away to explore new cultures, learn new languages, volunteer for worthwhile causes, gain international work experience, and develop your leadership skills. You’ll return home a completely different person, thoroughly prepared and energized to begin both college and adult life as a citizen of the world.